Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday.
Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google’s music-download store, nearly a year after its U.S. launch. With Warner’s catalog, Google can now add a scan-and-match feature that’s already available from competing online lockers from Apple and Amazon. The earlier version of Google Play locker service required users to upload each song individually. The new version scans the user’s catalog and matches songs in Google’s library without uploading them one at a time.
Google Play could get a boost in awareness simply because the music locker’s scan-and-match feature will be free. Both Apple and Amazon charge $25 a year for the same service. The storage limit is unchanged at 20,000 songs.
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