Google has just announced a companion to Google Music, which graduated out of beta today, with the new Google Music Store, available through the Android Market. With this move, Google officially takes iTunes on head-to-head. And as Google Music is a cloud-based service, allowing you to store all of your music (including Google Music purchases) in the cloud and listen to it from any Android device, this seamless integration also has them matching iTunes stride for stride.
In fact, because you can buy music directly from your Android phone or tablet, they have leap-frogged iTunes in that department, as you still cannot buy music from the iTunes store from your iPhone or iPad.
Just as with iTunes, you can search for the music that you want to buy, and click and buy it:
Here is the just-released announcement from Google:
Dear Music Beta user,
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We’re excited to announce that Music Beta by Google is officially graduating from beta today! Google Music will remain a free service, and you can continue to store up to 20,000 songs in your personal music library. Please see the revised Terms of Service for this product update.
Google Music also comes with a number of new features. We’ve launched a new music store on Android Market that works seamlessly with Google Music. Shop on the web or your Android device for millions of tracks and hundreds of free songs for your music library. All of your purchases are automatically stored on Google Music for free (and don’t count toward your 20,000 song limit). You can even share a free full play of any purchase with your friends on Google+.
For Google Music users with Android phones and tablets running version 2.2+, you will automatically receive an updated version of Android Market with the music store over the next few days. You should also receive a system notification with the Music app update sometime today, but you can always download it immediately.