Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Google Play Goes Toe to Toe with Apple

Google has just announced their new service 'Google Play.' A combination of media sources (music, movies, books and apps) Google is clearly challenging Apples online media supremacy. While this isn't likely to immediately knock out i-tunes and the like, Google's offering a decisive alternative. Android users will now have more than just Android Market, but a full media center. While Google's entry into social media has been less than complelling, this is definitely one to watch, as it is full of potential.

From Google's Blog... Introducing Google Play: All your entertainment, anywhere you go

"Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. On your Android phone or tablet, we’ll be upgrading the Android Market app to the Google Play Store app over the coming days. Your videos, books and music apps (in countries where they are available) will also be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music apps. The music, movies, books and apps you’ve purchased will continue to be available to you through Google Play—simply log in with your Google account like always.

To celebrate, we’ll be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week in our “7 Days to Play” sale. In the U.S., today’s titles include the collection of top 40 hits Now That's What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where's My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each. In addition, you'll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team's favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents."

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