Google has just launched "Google Play", Google Play is a re-branding of Google various stores under the name Google Play, since all of the content could already be found in the same integrated store already. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play.
With Google Play 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
The services themselves do not seem to be changing at all, it is really more of a destination change to make it easier for users to find the Google media stores rather than having to go through other products. This means that your old bookmarks for the Android Market Web store will automatically be routed to the new Google Play address, although the Market itself still looks the same with sections for Apps, Music, Books, and Video. Similarly, the Google Music website has been pulled under the Play subdomain. The changes should be rolling out to Android 2.2+ devices "over the coming days".
As part of the re-branding, Google is also offering a new album, book, video, and Android app at a special price for each of the next 7 days. Although, the Google Music and Books stores have already been pretty rife with sales, so you may not really notice any difference.