I just got an email from Google indicating that they are now offering a Cloud music player for the Android OS
The ability to play music from the cloud will be included in the Android Music App which Google has named “Music Beta”.
Hello Motorola XOOM user,
We’d like to tell you about some changes to the Music player on your tablet. The latest app update now supports Music Beta, a new service from Google. As a Verizon Motorola XOOM user, you’ve been extended an early invitation to beta test this service.
Music Beta lets you store your personal music collection online and access it instantly without the hassle of wires or syncing.
- Enjoy your music anywhere — listen on any web browser, your Motorola XOOM, or any other device running Android 2.2 or higher.
- Save your favorite albums, artists, and playlists on your smartphone or tablet so you can keep listening even when you’re not connected.
- Create your own custom playlists or build them automatically from a single song.
Amazon is currently the leader in this space, so it will be interesting to see how Google plans on competing. For example, will their be a storage cap? I have thousands of songs, and it could potentially take up a lot of space. We will keep an eye on this service as it matures.
Update: I just looked at the market page for the app and found this very interesting tidbit.
“Available in the U.S. by invitation only and free for a limited time.”
The part to pay attention to is the free for a limited time. Sounds like this will end up being a paid service.