11/17/2011 02:16 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Google Music Features: The 7 Coolest Things About The New Service

Google Music launched on Wednesday at a star-studded event in Los Angeles. The search giant announced that their socially integrated iTunes rival would include a full-blown music store within the Android Market, a music storage space, tools for music discovery and a platform for independent artists to distribute their music directly to their fans.

So far, the Internet's response to the new service has been somewhat lackluster, but TechCrunch advises against despairing, writing, "all Google products start out underwhelming and gradually expand."

And what Google Music already has isn't exactly chopped liver. Take a look at the slideshow (below) to find out about the service's 7 coolest features -- from Android and Google+ integration to free stuff to extra goodies. Then, read on for a look at how Google Music compares with big-name music services iTunes and Amazon MP3.

Google Music: What You Need To Know