Music Beta cloud service launched by Google, Motorola XOOM owners invited to dance first

Music Beta cloud service launched by Google, Motorola XOOM owners invited to dance first
One of the worst kept secrets about the Google I/O conference was that the company will announce a cloud-based music service. And it did indeed - Music Beta will be available to US-based users for now, and it will be free, also for now. The service will be accessible with invites at first, similar to what Google did with Gmail back in the days.

Buyers of the Motorola XOOM tablet on Verizon, however, will be given a priority with invites, rubbing our nose once again at who's the poster child of Android Honeycomb. Music Beta will be specifically optimized for Honeycomb, but handsets with Android 2.2 Froyo and above will be also able to dip in.

The bad part is that Google didn't manage to score license deals with the major labels, citing their business demands as unreasonable, so essentially you will be getting one huge amount of online storage for up to 20 000 of your own songs to stream, and you won't be able to download anything. Still, from the video below it seems that there is some sort of caching service for your most recently played songs, so you can play them even if you are offline, like Google Maps 5.0 caches your route. We are not sure the labels will be ecstatic about this option. Music Beta reminds us of Amazon's Cloud Drive, which also didn't have luck with the music publishers, but it offers only 2000 songs/5GB of space for free anyway.

Now for the techie details - uploads will be handled by dedicated clients for Mac and PC, but the web-based player will be Adobe Flash-based, sorry, iOS. Moreover, Music Beta will be accessible from Android devices only for now, and both online-based and songs in your local storage will be seamlessly integrated in the Android music player, similar to what Google is doing with the Android Gallery and your Picasa photos.

Streaming will be done with up to 320kbps quality, depending on the network strength, and you can create playlists accessible from anywhere you can run your Music Beta account - desktop computer or your Android smartphone and tablet. There is even a service called Instant Mix that can make you a mixtape based on a single song you point it to, pretty neat.

We can finally save on memory cards and external hard drives by moving our music to the cloud, and accessing them from anywhere with an Internet connection. Now where's that invite? If Google Music stays beta the amount of time Gmail did, our music streaming needs will be covered for quite some time pro bono.



1. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

And again, available only if you're in the USA :(

7. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

Amazon is terrible and inconvenient. I will buy songs again when this comes out

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

are u kidding me? this is so stupid.... i understand cloud music is the future, but with no music store and no music client to back this, i dont think people will use this instead of just putting it on their ipod or phone... streaming is slower and worse quality, and it takes forver to upload... not trying to be an apple fanboy, but i think they will be much more succesful with music streaming since they already have itunes, music labels on their side, and a huge ecosystem of music devices to directly sync to...

25. JesieKing unregistered

If anyone's looking for a Google Music Beta invite, I found a blog giving them out for free. I figured that the waiting list would be too long, so I tried the blog out, and got my invite about an hour later. Nice. I don't know if they have any remaining invites, but if you want to try your luck here's the site:

2. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is getting a little too much. For me, this cloud thing is just another way for apple and google and amazon to make more money over something that is so unnecessary. This is pretty much renting memory drive space with remote access to it. Seriously?!

3. SomeGuy unregistered

Lots of people wouldn't understand what you just said... "Renting memory drive space with remote access".. If they simplify and streamline it, then the masses will like it.

11. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yes, just like the masses really like location based services and then turn around and complained that they're being tracked :) This is redundant. But you know what would be useful? Cloud services for documents. That way I could work on heavy Word docs on my computer and save it to the cloud and then access when I need to anywhere. Now that would be useful. But for music? Nah.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its useful for me. I DL some songs when im at home... and sometimes when im at work i DL them on my phone. This way it keeps EVERYTHING synced the same at all times. create and edit playlists on any device and they are the same automatically on all devices. Yea, i wouldnt use this on a trip out in the country but for the bulk of us when are we ever without 3g/4g/wifi to have to worry about it??

19. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yes, I could really see people using up their data plan in listening to music instead of just using their music player :) I download songs on my iphone because my iphone is with me at all times. That's not a hard thing to do.

24. gemini unregistered

Oh yeah, I also forgot that some carriers don't have unlimited data plans. and for those of you that are going to reply that there are no unlimited data plans I understand that you get throttled after a certain amount. Im just pointing out that I'm not gonna get charged for going over 5GB or what ever service provider limit you have.

23. gemini unregistered

It's called Google docs.... And Microsoft calls it SharePoint. It's a great idea, think of the millions of people that use Pandora that have to skip through songs they don't wanna hear. This way you get to hear what you want.

5. sscorp99

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What rock do you live under, did you not understand FREE. as in it cost nothing!

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And which part of free "for now" didn't you get? Do you seriously think that they will give you free unlimited cloud storage? You're not sober, are you?

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ummm... no.. im not actually.. :)

22. ralphyd unregistered

I use the Amazon cloud drive and I find it super useful. Not only can you upload music but you can upload other types of documents. Also amazon upgrades the space you get for a year to 20 gigs for the first year for free with the purchase of any music album (which by the way I have found to be consideribly cheaper than iTunes). Each month they have at least 100 albums for $5 and they're not old outdatd albums. I must admit I was unsure of it when I tried it out but it is useful if you have a ton of long as you can get some of interet connection you can have your whole collection with you. Oh and you can download music from the cloud to your device if you know you're not going to have a connection later.

4. herasheo unregistered

I have a xoom and I haven't got it yet. I can't wait for this update.

6. Lil G unregistered

Can you get music beta if you have a droid or a samsung galaxy s phone?????

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2209; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I have a music streaming app/service on my Blackberry Playbook called SoundStorm. Works great sitting at work, listening to the beats as I work. I think its a good way to go though, Google just needs to score those big labels!

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

they need the music labels and a desktop client to manage everything--not just a webpage, but an itunes...

9. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

They just updated the Music App in the market, needs a manual update. Looks great. I think its getting ready for the Beta users. You can sign up to request for a invitation It really does look great, the concept sounds like it will be perfect to store all of your music. I wonder if they'll eventually just make it a cloud for music, movies, documents (outisde of google docs). It should be interesting. Good job Google. Thumbs Up

12. hellopeople

Posts: 16; Member since: May 10, 2011

itunes blows this away. my iphone can do much more with itunes.

13. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

That's great, unfortunately this article is about a Google-based service so why are we talking about iTunes? this could be a good move for Google. Seems like a good idea to give those Android users even more services to pick from.

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I am still on the fence on how I feel about cloud services. On one hand, it would be nice to access my entire library without having to download everything to my phone (well, until they release a 160GB iPhone). But at the same time, I don't want my cloud to disappear all of a sudden like when the server that Amazon hosts decided to die leaving a lot of websites down... I use this awesome app called ZumoCast that lets me access movies, music, pictures, and documents from my computer as long as my computer is on. I can stream or download over wifi or 3G. They creators took the app down, but if you have it, it still works. I think this is an awesome service that hopefully we will see more of.

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yeah that's the current downside, if the server goes down when you want your music or stuff on the go then you are kinda screwed

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Downloaded the app it's great but when I went to Music Beta site it said sign up for ibvitation which I think its stupid whats the point of having a invitation whemln you cant download the provram?

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Sorry miss type damn keyboard touch screen.

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

what keyboard you using? swipe?

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