The conference Google I / evil started, but we know that Google is officially entering the digital music market. Not the way we expected, but still it came to Android users have their music available through cloud computing.
Music Beta is Google’s attempt to offer a sync songs that iTunes does not currently offer – some say that iCloud will have similar features, but this is just a rumor for now. Through an application installed on your computer (Windows or Mac OS), the user decides which music folders will be available for live streaming on Android devices running.
According to Google, the streaming will be more than enough to Android device owners with constant connectivity via 3G or Wi-Fi.
As there is no wireless connection in every corner, Google has developed a kind of cache for previously selected songs. The user who score albums, playlists and favorite tracks will sync these files in Atrix, Nexus S, or whatever the device automatically. The synchronization threshold Music Beta is 20 thousand tracks.
Following the same distribution model adopted at the time of Orkut (a long time …) or Google Wave, users can only register in Music Beta by invitation. Furthermore, the service works only on American soil.
Complementing syncing music, Music Beta offers the Instant Mix tool, which creates a new playlist from a particular song that you choose. It is very similar to this Genius in iTunes, by the way. As reported by Google, each track will be “heard” by robots in order to determine which tracks fit together.
We can consider the Music Beta as a complement iTunes Apple for a very simple reason: there is no marketing of music. Google is limited to synchronize these files in the cloud, but at no time offers new MP3s for the user to purchase or download for free. The trend is that this will change in the future.
Music Beta will be on devices running Android 2.2 or higher. As would be expected, a special version of the application was announced specifically for tablets, in order to take full advantage of the larger screen of this type of device (as well as processing power, usually higher than that of smartphones sold there).