Google Music, how do I love thee. I have been waiting to see the outcome since Google I/O 2010 when it was previewed. Today we were able to watch the Google I/O Keynote LIVE. Google Music to my surprise was finally given to us in beta form. This is really exciting since it allows cloud streaming to any desktop or even one’s Android device!
Here are the highlights:
Google Music Beta allows the user to sync 50 gigabytes (roughly 20,000 songs) of music to the cloud server. This means that one can stream their music on their Android device without having to worry about downloading any music to their SD card. Google Music also caches recently played music for offline listening!
Syncing will be a breeze too! As long as a data connection is present, the user will be able to sync their songs, playlists, and other items with the cloud which will in turn be available on all of the user’s other devices. Since it uses a data connection, users will not have to worry about frivolities like cords or cables or files.
Customized playlists sound really sweet too, Google helps the user create a playlist using InstaMix. This will use a program that listens to the song and matches it with other types of music that you have in your collection.
Google Music sounds like it will only be free throughout the beta, so head on over to the Google Music website and sign up for the beta. Google will eventually send out an email regarding further directions. However while you wait, head over to the Android Market and download the updated music application! Then check out this video coming straight from Google’s YouTube!