The Music section of the Google Play store is now live in the UK, so you can snag albums as well as movies, books and apps on the store.
Songs have been available for quite some time in the US, but evidently it took a lot of negotiating for Google to obtain the necessary permissions to flog music on this side of the pond.
Individual songs are priced from 79 pence each, up to £1.29 for the more popular offerings of the moment, and albums start at £5.99.
The pricing seems roughly competitive with iTunes and Amazon, although as you might expect, some songs are cheaper on Play, and some are more expensive. It’s very much a case of swings and roundabouts.
Google+ social networking is also integrated, so you can let your music loving mates know what you’re listening to.
The downside is that you can’t even begin to browse the store on the Google Play site, without being confronted by a pop-up that informs you that you must sign up for an account and enter your credit card details first.
Your card won’t be charged for anything, unless you purchase a song of course, Google assures you, but we (and plenty of other folks, we’d imagine) would rather not be tapping credit card details in just to have a look around the virtual music shelves.