Just as planned, Google just unleashed Play Music upon select European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.


We've known that Google would bring Music to Europe since last month, when the Mountain View giant also announced a new alliance with Warner Music Group, meaning that Play Music was finally partnered with "all of the major record labels globally."

Readers may remember that this rollout also heralds the introduction of music matching for Google Play Music users. Music Matching, for those unaware, is a service by which Google peeks at the music users upload to their account (up to 20,000 songs free), and checks the files against its own servers, automatically adding matched tracks to the user's library without the need for lengthy uploads. This feature is expected to hit the US "soon after" the European rollout.

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This rollout comes just a couple of weeks after Google brought Play Movies to Canada, the UK, France, Spain and Australia. While there are still a fair number of countries unable to partake of the Play Store's media offerings, it's great to see Google still marching along in expanding its services internationally.

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Liam Spradlin
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  • adi19956

    There are already top downloaded charts... how?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      I also noticed this :)

  • flavioosh

    My library's already uploading. Awwwwww yeah.

  • PiLoT .

    i cant seem to get a matching service ?
    anyone else?

    • Richard Arkless

      How do you tell if it is on or not? Is there suppose to be some option under settings

      • PiLoT .

        no idea, but so far its taking it time uploading just like it would if it was doing each track

        • Richard Arkless

          Well I have been using play music for a year now (even though I am in the UK) and I havent noticed a speed increase which tells me that it is not on yet

          • PiLoT .

            me too i snuck in when they forgot to ip block :P

          • Richard Arkless

            Great minds think alike :)

            Though im sure everyone technically minded found someway behind it

          • PiLoT .

            its still going up in percentages here

          • jaduncan

            Matching isn't lauched in the US yet; you're probably marked down as a US user so you won't get it. If someone wants to create a new UK account to test that would be interesting.

  • Dio

    Brazil also got it monsieur.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Just checked it in Brazil - doesn't look like it's live there to me.

      And when going to the Music url, I got:

      Sorry! Music on Google Play is not available in your country yet.
      We're working to bring the content you love to more countries as quickly as possible.
      Please check back again soon.

      • PiLoT .

        artem do you know whats going on with the matching service?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          No, sorry. Didn't look into it.

          It's Nexus time :P

          • PiLoT .

            lol, doesn't look like its on

      • Elias

        I'm from Brazil and i get " We're sorry. The Google Play music player is currently only available in the United States." Maybe after midnight, then?

    • Elias

      Nope. Quite a while after midnight and still nothing. Bummer.

  • http://dakuten.fr dakuten

    Pff, pour la France, ils jouent sur la fibre patriotique :'( Tout ça à cause de Montebourg, MLP et l'UMP :////////

    • mesmorino

      I approve this message!

  • Stefanauss

    As this is all pretty much new to me as an italian user, may I ask what is the DRM policy of the songs bought from Google Play Music Store? Thanks.

    • jaduncan

      They are just plain 320k MP3s.

      • Stefanauss

        Not even Social DRM/Watermarking as Amazon does on some MP3s? Thanks for your reply.

  • http://twitter.com/danlocker Daniel Locker

    Not right on time. Its kinda too late. This news would have interested me months ago but now its just... meh.

  • wilks

    "We've known that Google would bring Music to Europe since last month, when the Mountain View giant also announced a new alliance with Warner Music Group, meaning that Play Music was finally partnered with "all of the major record labels globally.""

    Can I put forward that Google swaps Magazines for Music in Australia, please Google? So that it is actually available *globally*.

  • GazaIan

    This really should have been available for other countries months ago. I've used some of these services to the point where they aren't cool anymore, they're just a given.

  • AyaisMUsikWhore

    This is great. I hope Google Music gets as big as iTunes. When it does, I can buy all my music without going through impossible loops just to get it on other pmp's that's not an iPod

  • Dinofan01

    Let me know when Music Matching is up and working. Sorry Europe but I'm a selfish American who is interested in a new feature..

  • http://www.facebook.com/aron.sinclair.14 Alan Smithee

    What about austraaayyliaaaaaa car hunts

  • Mike C.

    I wish Google would bring Music to Europe. Unfortunately, like with the Nexus devices they chose only to service a few countries. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK are just a bunch of countries in Europe. They do not constitute Europe. Give us some real news!

  • tomcat

    No sign of the matching service here, yet. (Germany)
    Does anyone know how it will work once it is enabled? Will it require an update to the Google "Music Manager" uploader app?

  • Steve

    I can confirm that the matching service will only work if you have set up a fresh UK music account today. If you (like me) previously used google music via proxy then you will have to wait until the matching service is released in the states. Bummer.

    • PiLoT .

      Whats your source on this?

  • neyfunb

    Since Australia is one of the regions included in device launches, I was hoping they would try and sneak music in unnoticed. No such luck unfortunately :(