Google Music takes a year to cross the Atlantic

Google Music takes a year to cross the Atlantic

UK users have had to wait almost a year to get the service that US Android users already take for granted but Google Music has finally arrived for the British Android population and with it free music streaming to smartphones and tablets.

Like Apple's iTunes match service (already available in 57 countires), Google Music matches a user's existing music collection to its own catalogue of music, allows them to upload the tracks that it doesn't have, and to stream it, either in-browser or to any Android device connected to the internet.

At the moment, the service is free, in contrast to iTunes Match, which costs £22 (in the US $24.99) a year for the service. Google Music's library size is limited to 20,000 tracks (the equivalent of 2,000 albums), with users able to buy albums or individual songs through Google as can be done via the iTunes store.

Speaking at the TEDxBrussels event in Belgium on Monday, Steve Wozniak, Apple's famously outspoken co-founder, criticized the company he helped create for not launching a version of iTunes that was compatible with Android and Windows 8 Phones.