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Following up on Google's announcement of Android 3.1 and Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this morning, the folks from Mountain View also unveiled a couple of new media services for use with Android. First up is the ability to rent movies directly from the Android Market. Pricing starts at $1.99, although most newer movies look like they'll set you back $3.99, and users will be able to rent movies for 30 days and will have 24 hours to finish watching a rented film. There's also the option to "pin" a rented movie, which will download a film in the background for viewing when there's no Internet connection available. You can check out the movie selection right now over at the web version of the Android Market, and users of Android 3.1 will be getting the feature today while anyone on Android 2.2 or higher on a phone will get it in a few weeks.

For those of you music lovers out there, Google also announced Music Beta, which will be launching today in an invite-only beta (obviously) form. Users will be able to upload up to 20,000 songs for free, at least initially, and will be available as a part of the updated Music app on Android smartphones running Android 2.2 or higher. It can also be used on a browser with any Mac or PC, although Flash is required. Playlist support is also included, and the service can even create a playlist for you based on similar-sounding songs, sort of like the Genius Playlist feature in iTunes. Additionally, users can choose to cache some of their music on their device for offline listening. Best of all is the fact that your music is tied to your Google account, meaning when you get a new handset, all of your music will be available after signing in with your Google credentials. If you're interested in the Music Beta, you can learn more and request an invite right here, and there's also a video of the service embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

We've been hearing about Google's Music service for a while now and, it's kind of surprising that it's taken this long for it to finally arrive, but I'm glad to see that it's finally here. Although I'm sure some folks will be bummed that there's no way to actually buy music using Google's service, the fact that users can upload 20,000 songs with no size limit is pretty awesome, especially since it's all free during the beta. Of course, it won't be beta forever, so it'll be interesting to see how Google prices the storage options when the free period is up. So, who's excited about renting movies and checking out the Music Beta?


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Monsta Kody Yes!!!
Robert Hays probably
Sungbin Go great job Google. It can sync to Android device
Thomas Tenkely Ummm of course
Wilberto Ortiz by the time I download it I could go to blockbuster for the dvd :)
Rob Blanton Downloading it now(:
Reynaldo Antonio Navarro How do you get movies.
Nathan Ross Android already has free music download apps in the market now. Why wait
Wendy Lindop Music deffo, movies possibly :)
Adrian Fernandez Music, yeah. Movies, no I have Netflix for that.
Zach Cline Pandora for music. Haven't found anything for movies yet.
Marti Ruiz I already do that . There is many apps on andoid market to download music .. And for movies i use samsung media hub i love it
Ali Lawi Mosawi Why not?!
Leeming Wong Yes but first, How about fixing my battery issue...
Fan OfDreaming Idk Maybe if Android make sort of card where they have money on it like Itunes
Mark Gittens Music yes! Movies no! I'm not paying to rent movies when I can just download them to my phone for free
Cathy Perez Music I already do, movies no. They would take forever to DL even on wifi.
Anthony Douglas Yes if free & doesnt kill my battery but if not then no
Andrew Santa-Pinter When I get netflix on my TB
Ricardo Contreras Jr. no im waiting for Android 3.2 Broccoli
Bart Schneider Music- Pandora, Movies- Netflix, Purchased media- Amazon Cloud
Andrew Goins I would....if music beta supported my Comet (Android 2.2!)
Pamela Segelhorst Yes. I can't wait. Probably use the movies. Getting a tablet this summer when new tab is out.
Brian Soberano Yeah if they are free
Chris EverybodyhatesChris Ross yep, on the Kyocera Zio
Rafael Ache WP7 Zune pass, all this other stuff is useless
Joel Sanchez No i wont
Cristian Tomasito i got netflix on my windows phone, unlimited movies for $8 bucks a month
Roman Vinsonhaler Nah, I got an iPhone 4.
Marcus Johnson Already got it
Douglas Prevo Yes, I already do through Amazon... I figure depending on the UI and cloud storage options (which is oddly becoming a key deciding point for me personally,) Google could just as easily have my business.
Stephen Wong If it doesn't kill my battery I wouldn't mind.
Darryl Mouzone Music, yes. Movies, probably not.
Jeff Alamillo Of course!
Jose Galeas Music yes movies ill do when I get a tablet, G2 has a ok screen size but I can't wait to try out music beta
Joernie Berrios Of course!!
Richard Neil Lund yes of course, why wouldn't anyone do that? Just saying :)
Cesar Macareno I do download music.. but movies not yet..
Nicolai Bak Jensen yearh but i am in Denmark ... -.-




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