A First Look At Google Music Beta

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As anticipated, Google unveiled their music service today at their I/O conference, Music Beta. The emphasis is on the “beta” right now as Google clearly isn’t launching the full service they had wanted to — you can thank the music labels for that. So how is it? What does it look like?

We’ve been granted early access to the service and have done a quick walkthrough. Below, find some screenshots of how it will work. As Google notes:

  • Welcome to Music Beta, a new service from Google that lets you store your personal collection online and access it instantly without the hassle of wires or syncing.
  • Enjoy your music anywhere — listen on any web browser or your smartphone or tablet running Android 2.2 or higher.
  • Save your favorite albums, artists, and playlists on your device so you can keep listening even when you’re not connected.
  • Create your own custom playlists or build them automatically from a single song.
A few other quick notes: this is U.S.-only for now. There are a handful of free songs that you can get on the service to get your started. And yes, Flash is required for it to work.