Google announced today that their music streaming service is now out of beta and available to all US users, no invite required. It's also staying free, letting you stream up to 20,000 songs to all your devices, as well as adding a music store that integrates with the streaming service.
You can buy music either from the Android Market on your phone/tablet, or from the new desktop store. Google's partnered with the big 3 record labels in addition to tons of indie labels, giving them access to about 13 million songs (8 million of which are currently live on the store). Individual tracks run about the same as iTunes: many tracks are $0.99, while more popular artists might run you $1.29 a track. A typical album is either $9.49 or $10.99, again, depending on popularity. All tracks have 90 second previews and are downloadable in 320kbps mp3 format.
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The House on Tuesday approved a five-year freeze on any new state and local taxes imposed on cellphones and other wireless services, including wireless broadband access.
The voice vote reflected a consensus that new taxes on wireless mobile services have far outpaced average sales taxes on other items and have become a deterrent to the spread of wireless broadband technology.
Check out the press release from MyWireless.org.