Google announced via a Google+ post today that Google Play Music now has music matching in the U.S. The feature was launched in Europe last month, but now the iTunes Match-like feature, which scans your music collection and "rebuilds" it in the cloud (for free), is here in the states.
Here's what Google had to say about it:
Traveling this season and want to make sure your music goes with you? Add up to 20,000 songs from your music collection to Google Play and stream it to your Android devices and your computer, anywhere you go.
Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud - all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.
This feature is live today for people in the US, following our European launch last month. Check it out: http://goo.gl/Hehq6! It’ll be music to your ears.
In other Google Play news, Google has a "surprise calendar countdown" in which it is offering free and/or discounted apps, songs, movies, shows, and books in the Google Play Store each day through the end of the year.[h/t: Engadget]