Google I/O: Google is set to launch its cloud-based music service at Google I/O in a few hours and all of this without the approval of the major music labels and publishers (oh snapz! as the great Shane Baxtor would say).
Google are set to offer roughly as much as Amazon do with their music service and should offer a service that loads copies of music that users already own into an Internet-based server, which from there, lets users stream the songs over the Web and onto Android-based devices. Google did have grand plans which involved cooperation from music labels but they have hit a brick wall. Instead, Google decided to launch a service with cut-down features over not having a music service at all.
Without the license, what limitations does this service have? Well, Google won't have the power to sell songs to consumers. Of course this might all change in the future and for now, this is better than nothing.
Google are going to be offering an invite-only beta tomorrow, which will offer users to store up to 20,000 songs without charge.