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Android Market, Google Music, Books Now All Google Play

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Following Sony's lead, Google has crammed all of its services into one entertainment network called Google Play.

POW! What did we tell you? All those domains Google reportedly scooped up just last week had nothing to do with a tablet -- it's a re-branding of Google's entire entertainment network. Say goodbye to the Android Market we've all come to know and love. Say goodbye to the separate Google Music and Google Books stores, and say hello to the new Google Play!

Essentially what Google has done is follow Sony's lead with SEN and combined several services under one rooftop. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play, ditching their separate labels. The individual apps previously served up on Android Market for smartphones and tablets will also be changed to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music.

But don't worry about all those apps and tunes you bought before the change. Content purchased and stored in Google's cloud will still be available as before, but they're now listed under the My Music, My Books, My Movies and My Android Apps links on the main page for easy access.

"Entertainment is supposed to be fun," reports Jamie Rosenberg, Google's Director of Digital Content. "But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle."

As before, consumers can store up to 20,000 music tracks and purchase new songs from a catalog of over 8 million. Customers can also download more than 450,000 Android apps and games, and browse through "the world's largest" selection of eBooks. Unfortunately, what also hasn't changed its Google's selection of movies, offering a rental-only library of "thousands" including new releases and HD titles you can't purchase and store in the cloud (like Amazon).

"In the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are available in Google Play," Rosenberg says. "In Canada and the U.K., we’ll offer movies, books and Android apps; in Australia, books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else, Google Play will be the new home for Android apps. Our long-term goal is to roll out as many different types of content as possible to people around the world, and we’ll keep adding new content to keep it fresh."

To celebrate the network’s "re-launch," Google is offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week via its "7 Days To Play" sale. Here in the States, today's sale includes the collection of top 40 hits Now That's What I Call Music 41, the popular game Where's My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture for just 25 cents each.

"In addition, you'll find great collections of hip-hop, rock and country albums for $3.99 all week, detective novels from $2.99, some of our editorial team's favorite movies from 99 cents, and our favorite apps from 49 cents," Rosenberg reports.

For Android tablets and smartphones, the Android Market app will be updated to the Google Play Store app within the next few days.

Android gamers, here's the perfect time to get several awesome titles like Shadowgun, Dead Space, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, NOVA 2 and others for just $0.49 each. Other non-gaming apps are also on sale, as seen here.

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    willard , March 6, 2012 7:38 PM
    SIRRAGEALOTGoogle: What Apple technology will they steal next?!

    Fanboys: What won't they mistakenly credit to Apple next?!
  • 16 Hide
    tical2399 , March 6, 2012 7:18 PM
    Exactly how is this apple technology?
  • 15 Hide
    omega21xx , March 6, 2012 7:22 PM
    SIRRAGEALOTGoogle: What Apple technology will they steal next?!

    Please explain what was stolen that wasn't already there before the iPhone.
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    tical2399 , March 6, 2012 7:17 PM
    After reading this article I decided to go to the android market and sure enough there is an update for google play movies. The reviews say it cant be uninstalled so I think i'll pass on installing this.
  • 16 Hide
    tical2399 , March 6, 2012 7:18 PM
    Exactly how is this apple technology?
  • 15 Hide
    omega21xx , March 6, 2012 7:22 PM
    SIRRAGEALOTGoogle: What Apple technology will they steal next?!

    Please explain what was stolen that wasn't already there before the iPhone.
  • 17 Hide
    willard , March 6, 2012 7:38 PM
    SIRRAGEALOTGoogle: What Apple technology will they steal next?!

    Fanboys: What won't they mistakenly credit to Apple next?!
  • 9 Hide
    Anonymous , March 6, 2012 8:01 PM
    Man, I really wanted a Tablet made by "GOOGLE"
  • 3 Hide
    omega21xx , March 6, 2012 8:19 PM
    RemiixedHDMan, I really wanted a Tablet made by "GOOGLE"


    They are making one, it's just not going to be called "play"
    It will be made by ASUS and probably have the Nexus name, unless ASUS has a say in what it's called.
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    drapacioli , March 6, 2012 8:19 PM
    "But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle."

    Maybe I'm the only one here who thinks this, but merging everything like this does not help me at all. I imagine trying to download an HD movie or large file (or batch of files) on an incredibly slow 3g network (Thank you Sprint for not including a still slow but somewhat more usable 4g network in my area) would be more of a hassle than pulling the MicroUSB cable out of my car and hooking my phone up to my laptop. In addition, streaming apps like Pandora and Grooveshark give me music, Youtube gives me videos, and I have a laptop for movies (movies on a 4 inch screen is NOT the way to go). Now I will just have more crap I can't get rid of on my phone. Google, can't you at least make these features optional?
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    Anonymous , March 7, 2012 12:14 AM
    A little late in the game, isn't it? I've been doing all this for a long while through Amazon (who did this all before Apple!) and will not switch, despite enjoying the options offered by Android. I don't care about where I store my music collection, but I can't port my Kindle bookshelf, and neither Google or Apple can outcompete there.
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    joytech22 , March 7, 2012 5:21 AM
    In that case I won't notice ANY difference in the market except that I accepted a new agreement.
    Because Google Music isn't available in any other country.

    Way to go Google, way to go.
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    v3rlon , March 7, 2012 8:35 AM
    So it is kind of like iTunes now, but eithout movie purchases. Neat - almost. I am not claiming Apple invented all this, but sheesh Google...2010 is soooo 2 years ago. Where have you been?
  • 0 Hide
    eddieroolz , March 7, 2012 1:21 PM
    Xperia Play, now on Google Play.
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