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How to get the new Google Music app from Jelly Bean on your Android ICS phone now

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How to get the new Google Music app from Jelly Bean on your Android ICS phone now
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes with a new Google Music player, on top of the other rather cool stuff that it will bring, and perfect when you want to stream some of those up to 20, 0000 tunes you might have stored in Google's cloud.

JB is JB, but how about some respect for the poor Android Ice Cream Sandwich device owners? It comes, as usual courtesy of the XDA-Devs forum threads, in the form of the new Google Music .apk, pulled from the official Android 4.1 build, which just got released recently to the Android Open Source Project

Here are the steps to install it, if you don't have much experience with such pulls:

  • Have a rooted or not Android ICS device, of course. If you have the current Google Music app, uninstall it;
  • Go to Settings->Security->Unknown Sources, and check to install sideloaded apps, if you haven't done so already;
  • Download the Google Music 4.3.605 app;
  • Get to it with a file browser and install on your device, reinstall/reboot is there are issues.

It's the latest version of the app, and even features a widget for your homescreen, which is not the prettiest of sights, but works for streaming songs from the Google Music cloud and playing offline tunes, and that's what's required from it.

source: matt95 (XDA-Devs)

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posted on 11 Jul 2012, 07:42

1. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Cloud music streaming is draining data usage. I always using my microSD card.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 07:57 1

2. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Works great on my droid razr...

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 14:10 1

7. Synack (Posts: 667; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


What..... if...... I already ..... HAVE 4.1.1 :D

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 08:17

3. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


no problem while installing and uninstalling it on s3

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 08:20

4. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I just deleted the old player and dropped the new one in the /system/app folder while renaming it GoogleMusic.apk, rebooted, purchased a song, for free, went back to the player and all of my past music synced.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 10:54

5. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


How to get ICS on my Android phone - that's the question! :ReZound:

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 13:48

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8615; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Since it's posted on XDA, why not root your phone?

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 16:52

8. BREvenson (Posts: 207; Member since: 17 May 2012)


You can root, or wait for the official ICS update which (according to HTC) should be arriving near the end of the month. The originally said June-July, so they're not too late.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 23:07

9. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


June-July was the last word, not the oroginal. The very first one was "early 2012".
I don't think rooting is possible with the latest update installed. Also, I want to be able to receive the official ICS when available.

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