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2 years ago

EMI, Universal, Sony and many more on board to provide content for Google Music

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In order to make the new Google Music a success, it'll need great content providers and there is no shortage of those already on board. EMI, Universal, Sony and hundreds of indie labels and artists have signed on for the service and many more are planned for the future. Aside from offering already existing content, Google is working with artists and labels to offer exclusive content on Google Music -- content such as videos and concerts from artists such as Coldplay, Busta Rhymes, Shakira, Pearl Jam and more. Awesome!

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2 years ago

Google Music to offer exclusive content from big artists

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One of the features Google is offering to entice customers in the new revamped Google Music is exclusive content. Exclusive songs and albums from major artists is always something we like, so I think they're onto something here. Among the artists putting out exclusive content on Google Music are the Rolling Stones with six exclusive releases, a live EP from Coldplay, the exclusive debut of Busta Rhymes' new record, plus live cuts from Shakira, Pearl Jam and the Dave Matthews Band.

And it will all be free

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2 years ago

Google revamps Google Music with an actual store

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As expected, Google this afternoon revamped Google Music, taking it out of beta, making it available to everyone -- and bringing online purchasing into the fold. That is, if you're in the United States.

And outside of purchasing music, the service will remain free.

"For music fans, we believe today's technologies ... bring with them the capability to dramatically improve the digital music experience, said Google's Jaime Rosenberg, director of digital content for Android." In fact, it's what consumers have come to expect."

Just as with the beta service, you can continue to upload your own music to Google Music and stream it back to any of your Android devices.

But the big change is in the Android Market. You'll now be able to discover, browse and purchase music from the Android Market. Everything in the music store has a 90-second preview, and songs are downloaded as 320kbps mp3s. Tracks will download directly to your music locker, so they'll be immediately available on all of your devices.

Of course, Google Music's going social, and your friends will play a big part in helping you discover music. When you purchase music, you're given the option of recommending the music on Google + (and as e-mail links to your lame friends not on Google+), and they'll be able to listen to the entire track -- or the entire album -- for free. That sharing extends to Android and iOS devices as well.

Googles' sweetened the deal with a bunch of exlusive, free music. The Rolling Stones have given six exclusive live records. Coldplay's given a live EP to the cause. Busta Rhymes (who was at the event in L.A.) is debuting his new album on Google Music. Plus, live albums from Pearl Jam, Shakira and the Dave Matthews Band. And Google's going to continue to give a free song a day -- it's given away more than 100 million so far.

So who's on board? Three of the four major labels have signed on -- EMI, Universal and Sony. Google's also got a bunch of independant labels, and more than 1,000 total are a part of Google Music.

Google's also given indepentent artists a place to share andn sell their music, with the Artist Hub. They can upload, set prices and have complete control over their content.

So when will you get it? The new version of the Google Music app is available now, as is the new version of the web market. The Android Market will be updated for purchases over the next few days (though we fully expect manual downloads pretty quickly).

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2 years ago

Android has 200 million device activations

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At the Google music event this afternoon, Google announced that they have activated their 200 millionth device.  That's a 100 million more than just six months ago. That's a whole heck of a lot of Android devices.

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2 years ago

Sprinkle update live in Android Market, opens up to all 2.3+ devices

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One of my favourite Tegra Zone games so far has to be Sprinkle. It's super addictive, challenging, fun to play, excellent graphics, a brilliant casual game. The only drawback has been it's reliance on the Tegra 2 chipset. That changes today though as the latest update has landed bringing with it compatibility for "all recent Android smartphones running Android 2.3 or greater." 

Please do note the word recent in that statement though, meaning it may not be compatible with all Gingerbread+ devices. To try it out though, why not hit the download link below to the also released today free version. Don't forget to check out our review of the game for a full hands on. 

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2 years ago

Win an Amazon Kindle Fire from Android Central

The Amazon Kindle Fire will be one of the hot items this holiday season, and it's poised to be one of the best selling tablets ever.  How cool would it be to win one from us?  You can do just that and get your hands on a Fire of your own, and it won't cost you a dime.  Whether you want to use it as is and enjoy all that Amazon has to offer, or if you want to hack the daylights out of it, the Fire looks like a heck of a nice unit.  Great specs like a dual-core CPU and very nice construction make this much more than a Kindle reader, and it has a very bright future.

Sounds good, right?  So head into the forums and enter to win, and we'll pick a winner at random Thursday Nov. 17.  Good luck to everyone!

Win an Amazon Kindle Fire

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to add a bookmark to your home screen

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2 years ago

Reminder: Google Music event live today at 5 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. PST

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Just a quick reminder that Google's cranking things up to 11 this afternoon in Los Angeles, and it's inviting everyone along with them. You, too, can watch in the comfort and safety of your own home as Google announces ... something ... related to music. All bets are on a proper music store, with some sort of "twist" along with it. Stay tuned, and hit youtube.com/android at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST for all the details.

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet shipping a day early, too

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Not content with letting that ... other tablet ... ship a day early, Barnes & Noble's dropped word that its new Nook Tablet -- be sure to check out our hands-on -- also has shipped a day early. In addition to being lovingly bludgeoned by it as soon as you enter one of BN's 700 brick-and-mortar stores, you can pick one up at Target, Radio Shack, OfficeMax, QVC, PC Richards, Fry's and hhgregg, or online, of course.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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2 years ago

Work begins on CyanogenMod 9, will be ready when it's ready

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In case you missed Steve Kondik's tweet a couple days ago after the Ice Cream Sandwich source code dropped, the CyanogenMod crew is now working on CM9. (CM8 was Honeycomb, which, of course, ain't really gonna happen.)

Do note that while Steve says "check back in 2 months," that really doesn't mean CM9 will be final on Jan. 14, 2012. It means things take a little while, so check back. It'll be ready when it's ready. Meanwhile, let's all look forward to CM7.2. (But here's to hoping for some ICS CM love in January.)

Source: @Cyanogen 1, 2

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