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Google announces Music Beta cloud-based music service for Android

screen_shot_2011-05-11_at_12.18.13_pm.pngThe Google I/O event began yesterday with lots of fresh Android news coming from the folks at the big G. One of the big announcements was Music Beta, a new streaming music service. Music Beta is cloud-based, so instead of keeping all your music on one computer and then syncing to multiple devices using cables (like with iTunes), you just register your devices (up to eight) with the account and all your music is synced to them automatically. It even has a caching feature that will let you play your most recently used tracks even when your device is offline.

Right now it's in beta and you have to receive an invitation to try it out. You can request an invitation here. It's designed for Android devices only and I'd be surprised to see it made it available for iOS devices. Let's hope Apple follows this lead with iTunes too. With four iPhones in my house syncing manually has become a big pain.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:19pm]

    

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