What started out as a place to download apps to your Android smartphone has just changed into Google Play.
It's a “digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet.”
Google says that as of today the Android Market, Google Music and Google eBookstore have merged into Google Play. Expect to be asked to upgrade the old Marketplace app on your Android phone or tablet within the next few days.
The new service is cloud based so that “all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again.”
Google wants you to know that with the new service 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 favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles
To that end, Google is offering a “7 Days To Play Sale” in the United States. For the next week they'll sell you a different album, book, video rental and Android app each day at a special price.