Google Music Launches Free iTunes Match-like Option

Google MusicGoogle updated its Google Music service on Tuesday with a “music matching feature” that is sure to make streaming music from the cloud more convenient. Google Music can now scan your entire library of music from your computer and match up to 20,000 songs in your cloud library so that there’s no need to upload songs anymore. Matched music will be streamed at 320 kbps and won’t cost a single penny, unlike Apple’s $25 iTunes Match service which streams music at 256 kbps AAC and Amazon’s $25 Cloud Player which streams at 256 kbps MP3. Google Music’s new song matching feature is Android-only for now, as the service isn’t available on any other mobile platform.

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Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).