Internal Google Music Testing Has Begun


Following yesterday’s news that Google will soon be debuting in-app purchases and letting developers test the feature ahead of time for their applications, rumors out of CNET say Google is now focusing on pushing their new Music service out of the door and onto handsets and tablets.

Google tipped us all off to Google Music at last year’s I/O, but they’ve been very quiet on the matter since. The rumor is likely true considering the folks at XDA were able to use the service (but not to its full capacity) at one point using a version of the music player they pulled from Honeycomb.

Google’s Music service is essentially their iTunes and will allow users to buy and download music. Android users should soon be able to buy music and have it automatically synced to their devices and will have the option to stream all of their music instead of having it sit on their SD cards.

Google’s looking to do things right with this launch as they’re reportedly still negotiating deals with top record labels and publishers. They faced heavy resistance from network operators on their Google TV service and still have yet to get the big guys back on board.

The difference between Google TV’s problems and Google Music is that Google can’t simply aggregate content from various legal web sources. We’re not sure how long the talks will take and how long testing will carry on, but if they speed things up we could be seeing a true unveiling at the anniversary of the very show they announced it.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I have a android hope it works on mine

  2. I’m most interested in just being able to sync my existing music to all my computers/devices. I wish Google would go ahead and release this part and add their music store later.

    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking. The main problem exists with the music locker which the labels hate. I don’t see why they can’t just release the service now and add that feature in when everything has been negotiated.

  3. I don’t know about anyone else but I think this is awesome news. I’m a big listener of podcasts and music in general, and this would really boost my listening experience on my long daily commutes. Way to go GOOGS. Lets just try and speed it up.

  4. I hope they also allow a streaming subscription service. I’d probably jump off MOG for something that would combine my collection of music at home with a streaming subscription for new music.

    1. Ive been using Rdio for a month and I cant see myself using anything else now. Hopefully Google Music is compelling enough to make me jump ship.

  5. how bout google movie!!!

    1. would love to be able to see that

    2. Sounds good to me.

      Actually the Google product I am most anticipating though is the mythical G-Drive which can sync all your files of any type to the cloud (Like M$ Live Mesh, but less evil). Seems to me like it would make sense to implement this first, then add special handling for specific types of files from there.

      I know you can upload any kind of file to google docs, but there is no built in sync functionality…

  6. Google Movies and TV will come soon if this works well. I believe its already being planned in the UK through youtube.

  7. Google music will be great specially if it also works on google tv!

    1. yup, another google service that could be built into every new TV. You won’t find itunes in your new Sony or Vizio TV!

      1. I hope not! I don’t want to pay S.J. 30% of the price I pay to watch tv.

        Sent from ?

  8. Too bad Apple didn’t bring itunes to Android. That gives google the opportunity to put gMusic on all those android devices turning them all into gPods.

  9. Do you think it will be cheaper and better then amazon mp3?

  10. “What’s certain is the labels want Google to join the digital-music fray. The possibility that an iTunes competitor of Google’s caliber will soon hit the scene has music industry executives giddy.”

    That makes me giddy.

  11. If googles past ventures are any indication of how Google Music will turn out, I think we can expect to see a huge decrease in iTunes sales after the launch of Google Music. And to the person who asked if Google Music would be better than Amazon, OF COURSE it will be lol

  12. Has it even been confirmed just what this service is going to be?

    Are we all going to get a set amount of disc space to store our personal music files for streaming and syncing? This seems a little counter-productive as it would force Google to essentially host SEVERAL (as in thousands, or even millions) of copies of the exact same files. (i.e. Every single person that has Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” mp3 would mean a separate mp3 on Google’s servers).


    Is Google going to host one copy of each song and allow us access to streaming them? This makes the most sense as far as conserving space on Google’s part, but it makes syncing b-sides and rarities pretty much impossible (I don’t think Google would host the obscure demos that populate my hard drive right now.).

    1. That last idea is really good actually.

  13. Can you imagine how much better this will be, finally I will rid my PCs of applesoft once and for all.

    1. Instead of iTunes, use Songbird. So much better :)

  14. Bout damn time GOOGLE.

  15. It’s pretty clear to me that Phandroid doesn’t have anyone on their team that knows coding best practices. Multiple posts as the evidence for the clueless …

  16. Acey_o,

    Third-party Gdocs syncing tool: Gladinet. I tried half a dozen different sync products, and this one is tops. Also just upgraded my docs space to 80 GB for some ridiculously small fee. Bye-bye Dropbox.

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