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  • Google Beats iTunes to the Clouds with New No-Label Music Beta Service


    We were told a major announcement from Google was coming today. And that's exactly what we got, although the Internet search giant's new effort has been rumored to be in the works for months. Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California, Apple's iTunes got a new competitor in the digital music space. But this rival is already poised to go somewhere iTunes never has - the clouds.

    Google's new cloud-based music player, Music Beta, was officially unveiled as a streaming product that, at least for the life of its beta existence, will be free. The catch, however, is that the forthcoming service isn't yet available to all. To try out the service, you have to be "invited" - sort of like the way Google first introduced Gmail.

    The cloud player is basically what everyone expected it to be a way for Google users to upload music to a remote server and access it from other devices. An independent PC or Mac-enabled application uploads music with a remote cloud server. Users can then stream the music through the Internet to other mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
    Unfortunately, there really isn't much of a service to experience for the time being. That is, Google is yet to seal the deal on an agreement with major music labels. For now, the service will consist of that which users upload as their own content. As we understand it, users of the beta service can upload a maximum of 20,000 songs.

    While Google hasn't quite lifted the veil of secrecy on all the bells and whistles of the new service, we do know that users can listen to their songs without access to the Internet. Cloud synchronizing wasn't discussed in any great detail, but from the looks of the teaser material made available, users will be able to download music to mobile devices over the air.

    We been hearing for months (or is it years now?) that Apple will soon follow through on similar plans to launch iTunes into the clouds. We've all been holding our breath for that one. And, sadly, it doesn't appear that the blue tint upon our countenance will fade any time soon.

    Source: Venture Beat
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Beats iTunes to the Clouds with New No-Label Music Beta Service started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Yay, so I can upload my MP3 files I own to some random server somewhere, only to stream them to my device and gobble up my data plan when I'm out driving on the road? Thanks but no thanks, I'll stick to keeping my music on my own device kthxbye
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I still don't get the point...of any "cloud" music service.
      Want all your music with you at all times....it's called an iPod (or any music player)
      Want to also want to be able to download new music on the go without going back to a computer.....it's called an iPhone.
      And you'll have all your music with you 24/7 regardless if you're online or not.

      I don't want to rely on any service to be able to use my media.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I still don't get the point...of any "cloud" music service.
      Want all your music with you at all times....it's called an iPod (or any music player)
      Want to also want to be able to download new music on the go without going back to a computer.....it's called an iPhone.
      And you'll have all your music with you 24/7 regardless if you're online or not.

      I don't want to rely on any service to be able to use my media.
      When they make a 338 GB iPhone then I will agree with you. Until then I can not carry all my music with me without cloud solutions.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      When they make a 338 GB iPhone then I will agree with you. Until then I can not carry all my music with me without cloud solutions.
      I hope you have a fast upload speed :P

      Ps. I give it another 5-8 years for a 512GB iPhone.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea its going to take a couple weeks to upload it.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      I hope this will become an app someday.
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iliveudie View Post
      I applaud you, Google, for reaching the clouds first. The Cloud Race is over!
      Corny statement....
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonesolutionz View Post
      ABOUT DAMN TIME.

      I used to use simplify when it was around before google snatched it. This is the perfect solution for those of us that have 20,000 songs on our iTunes!!
      U seriously have 20k songs?
    1. SERBIAN's Avatar
      SERBIAN -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      So this seems like a dumb question... will this work on the iPhone or is this exclusive to the music app on the Android Market?
      Well, if we are talking about streaming the songs only, you can do it very simply via MobileMe and iDisk app for iPhone /any iPhone/ .. Simply upload the songs on your MobileMe account and play it from any iPhone via iDisk app .. mp3, mp4, aac .. This works for months so I dont see anything special with this Google beta **** for now ...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by bonum83 View Post
      U seriously have 20k songs?
      I have 46k songs
    1. Kaospassageraren's Avatar
      Kaospassageraren -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      When they make a 338 GB iPhone then I will agree with you. Until then I can not carry all my music with me without cloud solutions.
      +1
    1. lele211's Avatar
      lele211 -
      But just wondering what are they gonna do with your music files that you sent to their servers? They sure can use them to create some type of apps and sell it back to you.

      Nothing is free but air!!