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05-10-2011, 11:49 AM #1
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.
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
05-10-2011, 11:55 AM #2
I applaud you, Google, for reaching the clouds first. The Cloud Race is over!
05-10-2011, 12:06 PM #3
But when Apple does it, they will do it "right".MacBook Pro i7
05-10-2011, 12:18 PM #4
I watched this entire keynote and it was more exciting than the last 2 WWDC keynotes combined. If their cloud service is half as good as they made it out to be, iTunes has serious competition when and if Apple ever get their act together.
Couple this with Android @ home and my next tablet might well be running Honeycomb.
05-10-2011, 12:28 PM #5
I would like to know what kind of bandwidth users will get from the cloud. If they re-encode and stream all my wavs and high bit rate MP3's down to 128Kbps or less I'll pass.
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05-10-2011, 12:59 PM #11
The default design does suck, and doesn't really get any better until the user jailbreaks.
But the design isn't an issue exclusive to iOS4. The default out of the box look on an iPhone 3G or 3GS has issues as well. Just my two cents. =)
Well obviously those of us that have jailbroken our idevices did so because we didnt appreciate all of the limitations Apple placed on them.
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05-10-2011, 01:27 PM #14
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?
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05-10-2011, 02:00 PM #19
Well that's true. Apple could definitely build a better bridge between iOS4 and older gen. devices.
Oh, ok. So Apple wouldn't have to approve it or anything. That's cool. =)
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05-10-2011, 02:09 PM #20
Perhaps if Google released an API then maybe some developer might release an appstore app. Apple finally allowed Google Voice stuff in.