Google launches cloud based music player

This is something that has been in the pipeline for some time and now that Music Beta by Google has been announced we can take a closer look at what the search giant is offering the music fan.

The music player was announced at the Google I/O Conference and will be free for US users who are fortunate enough to get an invite to join in the fun, but do not worry you can request one from here!

Basically, what this service is actually offering the user is a place to store their and listen to their favourite music track, but with one essential feature, sharing is not permitted!

These are the known features and details for the newly announced Music Beta by Google;

Storage: Google allows for 20,000 songs to be uploaded into the cloud, a vast difference from Amazon’s 2,000 song/5GB limit for free accounts.

Flash-Based Web Player: Music Beta by Google will have a flash-based Web player that, according to TechCrunch, will be integrated with Chrome OS.

Android Only: Currently, Music Beta is destined only for Android-powered devices. Billboard reports that Music Beta is optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but that any Android device running version 2.2 or above can also use it.

Single View: Songs streaming from Music Beta will be seamlessly integrated with those contained on the device’s hard drive, meaning Music Beta will not be a separate app. Google is also planning to launch a new music app for Android devices today.

Instant Mix: Functioning almost exactly like Apple’s Genius playlist creator, Google’s Instant Mix creates new playlists based on a single song by analyzing the song’s characteristics and matching them with other tunes.

Syncing: Playlists created in Music Beta by Google will appear on all players associated with that Google account, synchronizing across desktops and Smartphone’s alike.

Sound Quality: Streaming files can run as high as 320kbps depending on network connectivity and device support.

Source [PC World]