Google Android debuts music store
Service is currently only available in the US, will be linked with Google+
Google is posing a challenge to Apple's dominance of online music by launching an online music store in the US. The store will allow devices running its Android software to buy, store and stream MP3 files, according to the BBC.
The 13 million-strong song library will feature content from labels EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and 23 independents. Warner Music Group has opted not to take part.
A recent study by Gartner shows that over 52% of all smartphones sold between July and September ran Android, this equates to over 60 million devices.
Apple's iOS handsets accounted for 15% of the market over the same period, according to the study.
Google has also announced it has secured some exclusive content, including rapper Busta Rhymes' new studio album, which will debut on the Android store. The Rolling Stones and Coldplay are also offering previously unreleased live performances.
Google will be integrating its new music service with its Google+ social network, which is designed to allow users to share songs with their Circles contacts, who can listen to each track once only, without making a purchase.
Song prices range from 69 cents to $1.29 and come without DRM copy-protection. The search giant is also offering a different track for free download every day.
Google is also opening the store up to smaller artists, who can create their own page for $25 and set their own prices. Google will take a 30% cut of each sale.
The firm did not discuss any plans to offer Google Music outside the US.