Google is fleshing out its digital media strategy with the launch of music and movie services. First up, Google has added video rentals to the Android Market. Now when you visit the Android Market on the web, you can view apps, books, or movies.
The videos run $1.99 and up and you can either stream them from the web, on a mobile device. Google will launch a new video app for Android 2.2 and up in a few weeks, and a new video app will be baked into the Android 3.1 operating system update which begins rolling out to tablets today.
As expected, Google has also launched a new service called Music Beta by Google which allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs to the web and stream them to computers or Android devices. The service will only be available in the US at launch, and Google promises it’s free while in beta, but makes no guarantees after that.