If you thought it didn’t make sense to visit the Android Market to rent a video for viewing on your TV or purchase music for your PC, apparently you weren’t alone. Google is combining the Android Market, Google Music, Google eBookstore, and video rentals into a new service called Google Play.

Google Play

It’s a one-stop-shop for nearly every type of media Google offers, including apps, games, music, movies, and books. But aside from the new branding, not much has really changed.

You can still upload as many as 20,000 songs to Google Play Music for free and stream them to an Android phone or tablet or any device with a supported web browser. You can still rent movies, purchase music, or download apps. You just do all of that at Google Play now.

Today the changes affect the web-based versions of the Google Play services. Soon the company will also roll out new Android apps including Google Play Music, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, and Google Play Movies.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...