I might be late to the party, but I have now started to use Google Music. Despite being Australian.
The service is still invite only, and how you get an invite is all up to you. Once you have one, use a secure US based proxy to authenticate with Google, then follow the link to start using the invite.
First step will be to download Google’s Music Manager software. It’s not great, but it’s the only way to upload your music to your account. You have the option of importing your Windows Media Player Playlists, iTunes playlists, or just pointing it to your Music folder. I don’t tend to keep my music in playlists, so the music folder suited me.
Then you await the rapture. This is my achievement after 24 hours…
At least music instantly appears in the web interface (music.google.com)
Clean, functional, very Google. During the beta phase, users are allowed to upload 10,000 songs – which is a lot of music. After Beta, Google have promised that free accounts will still be “generous”.
The main reason I have moved to this service has been it’s use for Android when storage space is limited (I’m looking right at you, Galaxy Nexus 16GB). There is an Android app as well. On the market it is blocked from outside the US, so you’ll have to find it elsewhere.
Clean and blue, just the way I like it.
There are options for transferring music for offline storage on your device here as well as every other option you’d expect.
Don’t look to me for any invites. It is rather perplexing how freely people post their email addresses all over the web begging for invites. Ebay. $0.99c. Buy it now. Done.