Google’s Music Beta cloud locker service went live last night, following its official unveiling at the I/O conference. The details about licensing and features had already been revealed, but more information has now emerged as people got their hands on the service. It will be invite-only in the US for now, with no news on an international rollout. VentureBeat pulls no punches in its review of the service, calling it ‘miserable… a web of confusing programs without a lot of instruction as to how to actually get to the music you want to hear”. Ouch. Business Insider quotes an early tester as saying it has taken them two days to upload about 1,000 songs to the service, meanwhile – scan’n’matching was one feature dropped as Google’s negotiations with labels soured. But Gizmodo reports on an intriguing comment from a Google exec at the press conference when asked about potential piracy on the service: “We will respond to requests by rights holders who feel their rights have been violated”. Source: Billboard
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