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

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/12/11 02:07 AM ET   Updated: 07/11/11 06:12 AM ET

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.

Darren Murph, Engadget
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Engadget's Darren Murph pointed out that broadband speeds could be a major hindrance for Music Beta. "Let's say each of your tunes is 3MB -- that's most likely a conservative figure, but we'll use it for the sake of this example. 20,000 of those lands you at around 60GB. For the average broadband user, it'll take days [to upload them all]-- if not a full week or so," Murph wrote.

The service, he concluded, "feels like something that was thrown together in the past few months, with the final touches tossed in just weeks ago after heated discussions with labels fell through."
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