Google Music Beats Apple In Bringing iTunes To The Cloud… In Flash

Google Music Beats Apple In Bringing iTunes To The Cloud… In Flash

Ably beating Apple for a change, Google has just joined Amazon in unveiling their cloud-based music service at this year’s Google I/O conference… but it’s still hard to believe that Cupertino won’t be able to clobber Google Music once iTunes joins the cloud, especially given the new service’s reliance upon Adobe Flash.

Currently invite only and “free for a limited time”, Google Music Beta will run on all Android devices or any device that supports Flash, ably cutting out Apple’s own iOS device line-up (and all-but-guaranteeing slow and buggy performance). It also eliminates many other smartphones, including any pre-Gingerbread Android device.

Even so, it Google Music looks good:

Essentially, you start off by uploading your music from your computer to the cloud (in a neat touch, Google Music can even upload your iTunes music library automatically). Once in the cloud, Google Music works like any other media player, except with a twist: it can be accessed from any computer or device with access to Flash.

A neat touch about Google Music Beta is that you don’t need to be online to listen to your songs. You can “pin” certain albums or artists to always sync with your Android device and be available offline. Additionally, a certain threshold of recent tracks — basically whatever is in cache — are available at any time on your device, regardless of your connection.

If you want to request an invitation to Google Music Beta, you can do so here.

At first blush, it’s certainly an impressive service, but it’s really hard to believe that Apple doesn’t have something more impressive up their sleeves, especially given Google Music Beta’s more bizarre omissions — there’s no way to buy music through Google Music — or just boneheaded decisions (seriously, Flash?)

Either way, though, in June, Apple is likely to unveil their own version of iTunes that runs in the cloud. Apple’s empire is built upon the back of iTunes, and Cupertino’s been beaten to launch by the their arch-rivals: Google and Android. There’s just no way they’re going to fuck this up.

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  • ctt1wbw

    So what. Cloud this and cloud that. I’d rather have my stuff on my computer. If you forget to pay your cloud bill, you’re a cloud screwed.

  • besweeet

    Wayne nailed it. Sort of… I’d much rather have my music (and everything else) actually stored onto my devices without having to access the Internet. If I ever do need to access my stuff on the go, then I’ll use Dropbox.

  • Tom McGrath

    Looks pretty cool and all, but the only thing I can think about when I see the music beta logo is… I want those headphones!

  • PotatoAbuser

    If anyone’s looking for a Google Music Beta invite, I found a blog giving them out for free. I figured that the waiting list would be too long, so I tried the blog out, and got my invite about an hour later. Nice.

    I don’t know if they have any remaining invites, but if you want to try your luck here’s the site:

    http://freegooglemusicbetainvi

  • Larry Davis

    It’s in beta, they didn’t beat Apple.

  • Felfac

    they better flipping not fuck this up or apple impecable reputation for awsome just work things will be tarnished

  • Felfac

    as a fanboy i say this i’m scared that looks good

  • Articles And Blog Reviews

    Finally google beats apple at their music service introducing google music beta

  • randall

    I can almost guarantee you Steve Jobs is laughing his ass of about this. So what if Google released their service first? Apple isn’t worried in the slightest, because it just gives them more time to find out what won’t work and what needs improvement. It’s so typical of Apple to take a little bit more time to make sure they have everything to where it will survive independent of their competition.
    However, there’s really no way I’d use it anyways, I like my files on my phone/computer.

  • JessieBooFace

    If anyone’s looking for a Google Music Beta invite, I found a blog giving them out for free. I figured that the waiting list would be too long, so I tried the blog out, and got my invite about an hour later. Nice.

    I don’t know if they have any remaining invites, but if you want to try your luck here’s the site:

    http://freemusicbetainvites.co

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