Google Play replaces Android Market, Google Music and more

Google has announced on its official blog that it will be replacing its Android Market, Google Music and Google eBookstore services with a single brand called Google Play.

Apps, Books, Movies and Music will all fall under the same banner with everything stored in the cloud and accessible by all your Google connected devices; devices such as Android phones and tablets and your PCs.

Putting that in numbers, with Google Play you can:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favourite movies, including new releases and HD titles

The role out of this new service will begin with the Android Marketplace, which will become the Google Play Store in the coming days. Videos, books and music (in countries where they are available) will then be upgraded to Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music respectively.

To mark the occasion the company will be offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day for the next week. The first examples in the US include Now That’s What I Call Music 41, the game Where’s My Water, the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and the movie Puncture, each of which will cost 25 cents.

Given that Google’s existing services are only available in certain countries, the newly branded services will also be limited. So, in the U.S., music, movies, books and Android apps are all available; Canada and the U.K. will have movies, books and Android apps; Australia gets books and apps; and in Japan, movies and apps. Everywhere else will simply have the change to the MarketPlace, with Google Play being the new place for Android apps.

Check out the official Google video for some more information:

So what do you think? A sensible move or unnecessary fussing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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