The music industry is still dealing with the growth of downloads and the lack of mining of tangible physical records. I think these crazy 3D interfaces are a response mechanism. Google’s UI boom is just responding to the challenges posed by iTunes’ also booming “Coverflow” UI.
Outside the beta: music store and new apps
The beta version ended after six months. On November 16, 2011, “Google Music Beta” became “Google Music”. The service is open to everyone in the United States without invitation.
Although Google was unable to negotiate an agreement with record companies in the beta, when it was officially released, the multi-billion dollar company put their differences aside and decided that it was actually a good idea to sell us all the music, so Google got Music license.
Well, it has signed agreements with at least three of the four major record companies. GM, EMI, Sony and some smaller record companies have all signed up and brought 8 million tracks, while Warner Music has persisted for a whole year. Independent record companies don’t need record companies at all. They can sell music through Google’s new “Artist Center”
Google and new friends in the music industry celebrated milestones beyond the beta and hosted a star-studded party with Drake, Busta Rhymes, and Maroon 5. The Hollywood Reporter.
The license means that Google has opened a music store in the Android Market, offering a single point of purchase, 320 kbps MP3 products, the unit price is $ 0.69 to $ 1.29. The store exists both on the web and on Android, and music purchased on any client will be instantly synchronized to all other clients. The Android Market is now starting to look like a serious store, and it sells apps, movies, music, and books. Music purchases can be processed through Google Wallet or, if you are a T-Mobile customer, you can settle monthly. As part of the default app store that comes with every Android device, Google’s media store can be widely used in your country/region once it is launched.
The non-Beta release also means a new Android application with a new design.With Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Google goes all out TronInspired by the blue laser beam theme, the new Google Music app followed closely behind. Although the beta version always looks very gloomy, the new Android application (version 4.0 to match the latest OS) is very blue. This outdated service also has extensive integration with other outdated Google services, such as easy sharing to Google+ (terminated in 2019) and Google TV app (terminated in 2014).
Google Play era
In March 2012, Google thought that “Android Market” was not a good name for products that could run on the Internet using Windows, Mac and Linux. Therefore, Android Market became “Google Play”.
All media stores have also become Google Play, so in addition to the Google Play (application) store, you also have Google Play Movies, Google Play Books, and Google Play Music. These are some embarrassing brands, but they will only get worse in the future. The impact of the actual Google Play transition on the brand has hardly changed. Everything got a new logo, including the shiny new gold earphones of the newly named Google Play Music.
The Google I/O 2012 in June witnessed the birth of Google Music, and Nexus Q was launched. Nexus Q is the first Google hardware that focuses on music. Nexus Q is a crazy futuristic media field running Android. In addition to streaming music and videos, it is also an amplifier for bookshelf speakers.When plugged in, it looks like one of those creepy, squid-like Sentinel robots matrix.