Google Officially Launches Beta Music Service

Google officially announced its Music Beta by Google service on Tuesday, putting to rest the rumors claiming it would do just that. The Internet search giant unveiled its online music storage service at its Google I/O conference, and promised it would be free — at least for now.

Like most of Google’s offerings, its Music storage service is beta for now. The company says it will offer native Android smartphone and tablet support, along with Web browser access.

Google’s service mimics Amazon’s in that it lets users upload their own music to a Web-based server, and includes a native Android app. It also includes support for custom playlists, the ability to edit track information, offers wireless playlist syncing with Android devices, and lets users listen to synced music when offline.

Music Beta apparently won’t be free forever, although the company hasn’t said yet how much it will cost, or when users will have to start paying. Google’s Music Beta is available by invitation only for now.

[Thanks to Mashable for the heads up.]