After launching its music store just a few days ago, Google Music has rolled out a Google Music App for Google TV. The service, which is integrated with Google+ for social sharing, is also free to sign up for in the US and offers 13 million tracks from the archives of Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and EMI, as well as a number of indie labels. The app for Google TV allows you to stream from your library of music stored in the cloud and is integrated into the Google TV system such that you can set up playlists to act as a soundtrack of a photo slideshow. The app is available via the Android Market (assuming you’ve gotten the Honeycomb update) and requires enrollment in the service on your computer.
[via The Verge]
RadioTime Inc. has announced a Google TV optimized version of the TuneIn Radio website, which brings a directory of over 50,000 AM/FM and Web-only radio stations to your Google TV device. TuneIn Radio already exists as a mobile application for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry platforms, so Google TV was the next logical step for RadioTime Inc.
TuneIn Radio is now available in the Google TV Spotlight, and features local stations, music, talk radio, sports, podcasts, and the ability to search for whatever it is you want to listen to. Check out our image gallery below which shows off a few of the different pages and features.
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Google’s ambitions appear to be limitless these days. Rumors have been floating around this month about a forthcoming music service, likely to be dubbed Google Music, which will hopefully be an answer to the rather lackluster nature of music playback on Android devices. Google has not made any official announcements as of yet, but the likely pairing with Android means the new music service will surely be finding itself in living rooms via Google TV.
The music industry has been struggling for many years now, and despite digital music sales rising 12% last year, the battle against piracy continues to greatly influence the digital debate. Despite these negative feelings, the overwhelming success of the iTunes Music Store is causing record executives to rethink the digital model.
The growing success of the Android platform, coupled with Google’s push into the TV realm this fall, would make a move into music a logical next step. The ideal experience could go something like this: You are sitting in your living room, watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show through your Google TV device. You hear a song that catches your attention, and would like to buy it. Google TV can point you to the song on Google Music, which you can in turn play on your Android smartphone.
Of course this is all just speculation at this point, but given that Google TV is going to be powered by Android, the above scenario is not entirely far-fetched. Also, given that rumors suggest the service will likely not be available until 2011, the timing would be perfect for release on the Android Market, which should be fully available on Google TV next year. One thing is for certain: Google is truly embracing the idea of pushing beyond its usual business model, as evidenced by the flurry of new media ventures, which is highlighted by the ever-growing success of Android.
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