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Google Play brings music to Irish ears

The service is available in an additional seven countries from today.

Chris Yerga, engineering director at Google with Google Play at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco last year (file photo).
Chris Yerga, engineering director at Google with Google Play at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco last year (file photo).
Image: Paul Sakuma/AP/Press Association Images

IRISH USERS OF Google Play will, from today, be able to purchase and share songs as the music service comes to Ireland.

Originally made available to the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy at its launch in November 2012, seven additional countries have been added from today. These are Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Australia.

The music service allows users to purchase songs and albums and instantly add them to their music library. Users can also add up to 20,000 songs from their existing music collection.

Users can then share these songs, enabling them to listen to them on their computer, Android phone or tablet, even when offline.

Artist hub

To coincide with the launch of the Google Play music service in Ireland, an artist hub will also be created, which will allow up-and-coming artists to upload and share their music, in addition to choosing the price at which they want it to be sold.

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