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Google Music Beta Review Roundup: Critics See A Long Road Ahead

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Music Beta, Google's cloud-based streaming music service, launched Tuesday at the Google I/O conference, and some lucky reviewers have received early invites to test it out.

First impressions suggest that Google was wise to apply the "beta" moniker before launching the service, which faces an uphill battle against Apple's iTunes and the recently launched Amazon Cloud Drive. But Google's "music locker" does offer a glimpse of what a cloud-based media future could look like, instantly syncing tens of thousands of songs across multiple devices.

We've collected some first impressions about Google Music Beta's wins and losses from PCMag, Engadget, This Is My Next, CNET and MobileBeat. Check out what the critics have to say, then see what the new service means for you.

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