Google joins online music drive

Google has launched an online music locker service to allow users to store and access their songs wherever they are, similar to one launched by Amazon.com in March. Like the Amazon Cloud Drive player, the Google music service is being introduced without any prior licensing deals with major music labels, following months of fruitless negotiations. The new service will allow a user to upload up to 20,000 songs on to the service. Music Beta will be available for free for a limited time to users who request an invitation in the US. The Google music service comes alongside a licensed movie service which allows YouTube and Android device users to rent movies from $1.99.