Apple just launched iTunes Match, its cloud-based music backup and streaming service for iOS, Mac and PC. With iTunes Match, users can store up to 25,000 of their own songs from iTunes in the cloud. Unlike others music locker services (including Google Music and Amazon’s music locker), Apple managed to get a license from the music labels that allows it to just check whether it offers a certain song you have in your library in its store and then make that copy available for you
Google Music, the beta version of Google’s new music service just launched at Google I/O today and we just got a chance to take it for a test drive on the Web (look for our review of how it works on mobile devices later). After testing it for a little bit, it’s clear that this could be a major hit for Google. Indeed, among today’s music locker services, Google’s efforts come the closest to recreating the convenience of Lala, the service that Apple bought last year and promply shut down.
Google today announced a new music service at its annual developer conference in San Francisco today that goes head-to-head with Amazon’s recently launched Cloud Player and easily beats it in terms of both aesthetics and functionality.