|For the Android people and Google Play nation ... good things are coming your way soon from Google. Most importantly, Google will finally add san and match as a feature to the Google Play app. This means that all of us who have spent the time uploading huge amounts of music won’t have to anymore, as Google has finally cleared the legal hurdles necessary to offer scan and match as a feature on Google Play. The feature has been a part of Apple’s iCloud and the Amazon Cloud Drive since their launch. Also on tap: Google Play will launch in Europe, starting with U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It starts in Europe on Nov 13 and in the U.S. after that ... no confirmation on whether that means this year or next year.
All of this stems from a final agreement between Google and Warner Music Group, so now all of the WMG catalog will be available for both purchase in Google Play and for the scan and match feature. Warner Music Group was the last holdout of the major recording labels, so this is a big plus for Google. It’s also going to be free, as opposed to Apple and Amazon who have a free basic scan and match feature, but charge for higher tiers of storage.
ember 13, we're bringing music on Google Play to Europe. Those of you in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to purchase music from the Google Play store and add up to 20,000 songs—for free—from your existing collection to the cloud for streaming to your Android devices or web browser. We’re also launching our new matching feature to streamline the process of uploading your personal music to Google Play. We’ll scan your music collection and any song we match against the Google Play catalog will be automatically added to your online library without needing to upload it, saving you time,” said Google SVP of mobile and digital content Andy Rubin.