Google Launches Music Service

Google Launches Music Service
Google
has announced the launch of Music Beta by Google, a digital music service that will allow users to upload their music library to an online storage locker where they can stream and download files through Internet-connected devices, according to Billboard.biz. The service will be available free during its beta phase and on an invite-only basis to users in the United States, and will support a maximum of 20,000 songs. Google is launching the service despite its inability to reach agreements with the four major record labels on licensing music for a cloud-based service and is being timed with the expected announcement of Google's new music player app. (5/10)

NIH, GRAMMY Foundation, MusiCares Announce Teen Music Contest
On May 9 the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, together with the National Institutes of Health, announced the second annual Teen Substance Abuse Awareness Through Music contest, inviting young musicians, ages 14–18, to submit an original song and/or music video promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Winners will be announced during the National Institute on Drug Abuse's second annual National Drug Facts Week beginning Oct. 31. The first place winner will be invited to Los Angeles in 2012 to attend the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Backstage Experience, and all winners will receive a cash award from the Visions Adolescent Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif. (5/10)

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