Google yesterday announced a cloud-based solution for music called Music Beta which will allow you to manage and store up to 20,000 songs online. You will be able to listen to your music library anywhere on Android devices and through any web browser. It’s Google’s answer to Amazon’s recent Cloud Player . As with Amazon, Google has made no formal licensing agreement with major music labels regarding the service at the moment.
BBC reports that Google were forced to launch in a scaled-down form due to lack of co-operation from labels.
Meanwhile, the Senior VP for performing rights organisation BMI has claimed that cloud-based listening by one person is a public performance and should be licensed as such.
Google Music Beta is currently U.S. and invite only.