" />
Entertainment

Google launches its iTunes competitor, Google Play Music, in Ireland

Google launches its iTunes competitor, Google Play Music, in Ireland

In one of its biggest international releases to date Google has finally launched its Play Music Store in Ireland, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal.

With the launch of the Play Music Store and app in Ireland and seven other countries this brings to 18 the total number countries that can access Google’s main music competitor to Apple’s iTunes.

Coinciding with the launch today Google has is offering a number “launch day offers” on the Play Music site.

While Google’s Play Store is available internationally the service’s media channels, Play Music, Play Books, Play Magazines, Play Movies, and Play Devices (Google’s Nexus range of tablets and smartphones) have only been available in selected locations.

And with Google having released a redesigned Play Store app in the past 24 hours it’s possible that we might be seeing the rapid expansion of Google’s media selling program.

Google Play Music - Best of Ireland

Google Play Music – Best of Ireland

Users in Ireland and the seven other countries will have access to the same services that those in the UK and US have, namely the ability to purchase tracks and listen to them offline.  Google’s Instant Mix, which automatically generates custom playlists according to users’ moods, will also be available from today. The service also operates like Apple’s iCloud and allows users to sync music between their Android devices and the service’s Chrome App.

Along with the store Google has launched Google Artist Hub, which allows users to upload and sell their own tracks through the Google Play Music app.

Since the Google Play Store launched last year Google has been gradually expanding its reach into a number of new territories, just a few weeks ago we saw the service launch in India. But Google’s books, magazines, music, movies, and hardware services are still only available in a small number of countries.  Currently only the US and the UK have access to all seven stores (including apps).

Google Play Music app

Google Play Music app

As we wrote last year, the slow rate of expansion has little to do with the technology and more to do with the difficulty the company faces getting the rights to sell the media in these different locations.  But with Google Play adding six new countries to its list of markets this year, there’s a strong suggestion that we’ll see the Play Store become more useful and powerful in the next year.

And this will bring some healthy competition to iTunes.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment
@pdscott

Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).

More in Entertainment

Twenty years ago we were more than willing to sit patiently through the first three minutes of our cousin’s self-made high school video and see the fluorescent words rolling unsteadily over the black screen.

If your video doesn’t capture audiences in 10 seconds, you’re losing engagement

Kwinten WoutersDecember 15, 2017
technology fights ticket touts

Technology’s solutions to ticket touts

Nicolas WaddellOctober 3, 2017
drinking culture

British drinking culture being revived through fun and games

Nicolas WaddellSeptember 28, 2017
150sec founder

Poland and Eastern Europe heating up as technology hotspots

Sam Brake GuiaSeptember 27, 2017

Punks at heart: the tech-savvy reinvention of corporate social responsibility

Daniel SanchezSeptember 20, 2017
youtube stars

How to find success in the multi million dollar industry of YouTube stars

Sam Brake GuiaSeptember 12, 2017
startup entrepreneur summit

Startups and entrepreneurs get on board for Cologne’s Pirate Summit

Nicolas WaddellSeptember 5, 2017
innovation inspiring books

3 Books that influenced some of the most innovative “out of the box” thinkers

Sam Brake GuiaAugust 27, 2017
Cadbury advertising

Is YouTube’s freemium paywall a step too far for the social web?

Ciaran TreacyMay 12, 2013