Google's Cloud-based Music App Leaked

Last week Amazon launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, a cloud-based storage and media player that allowed users to access their music from anywhere, including their Android devices. Now it looks like Google is stepping up to ensure it’s not outdone by the etailer.

The newest version of Android’s music app has been leaked and it seems Google is taking things to the cloud. The folks over on Tech from 10 recently found themselves looking at the developer’s Android Test Market, as opposed to the regular Android Marketplace they’re used to seeing on their Galaxy S Vibrant.

Though they have no idea why they were granted such access, TF10 downloaded a bunch of the more interesting looking apps they could see and among them was Android Music 3.0. Tech from 10 describes Android Music 3.0 as similar to the Honeycomb music player already present on devices like the Xoom. It was also praised as being “far better than the current music player in Android 2.3” and screenshots show various options for streaming music.

Google has yet to comment on the application, or the fact that it hints at plans for some kind of music streaming service, but the search giant did find time to revoke Tech from 10’s Android Test Market access. Still, if you’re interested in checking out the app, you can grab it, along with some of the other apps they downloaded, from TF10.

(via Business Insider)

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  • So finally someone is creating a new Lala after Apple unceremoniously shut it down? About damn time!
  • All this Cloud business does not mesh well with the limited bandwidth and airtime expenses of mobile devices. When we get to the point of having flat rates for airtime maybe it will be viable, but for now it seems ridiculous to spend money on extra airtime just to access files you already own. I want my music on my own hardware, where I don't have to worry about whether or not I can access it, or whether it might put me over a bandwidth cap to do so.
  • Despite the current mobile data market there is still great potential for cloud services. If all your music is stored online it can be accessed anywhere. If you don't want to stream you can still update your local mobile library anytime you're on a wifi connection. It really is a win/win scenario for cloud music.