Music Beta by Google
Well now that I’m living in the States, I seem to have the ability to sign up for all sorts of Beta programs such as Music Beta by Google.
Upload your personal music collection to listen anywhere, keep everything in sync,¬†and forget the hassle of cables and files.
The thing about Music Beta by Google is that it is currently in an ‘invite only’ stage. I only had to wait for about a week before I received my invite to join the program. So far, I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the application as it fits my needs perfectly!
I am currently using a HTC Thunderbolt with a 32GB memory on it, though I have over 5000 songs on my desktop and rather not clog up my phone with thousands of tracks. So what do I do? I upload them all onto the ‘cloud’ and stream my music online via Music Beta’s Android application. The great thing about this application is that caching is used on Android so that recently played music becomes available offline as well.
Another great feature about Music Beta is that it has an option called “Make instant mix.” What you do is, you select a song first, then you click on “Make instant mix” and Google will then analyze all the songs on your library and create a playlist with 25 songs that are similar to the one you are currently listening to. So far I’ve been quite impressed with the selections it makes for me regardless if it is for RnB, House, Electro or even Rock.
- You are not able to select which songs specifically you want to upload manually
- You are only able to upload up to 20,000 songs
- You can’t edit song info via Android App (though we’re still in Beta so that might change)
- Syncs with a maximum of 8 devices
- Only available in the United States
- You can only upload songs via Music Manager software
Considering those limitations, it is still better than using iTunes where you would have to connect your device to your PC to sync with the application. With this, you can sync it anytime you have access to the internet – which is most smartphone cases is all the time.
The setup phase of this program was quite simple – Look at the installation steps below.
Step One: Request an invite from Google here.
Note: You need a Google account to be eligable and be living in the United States¬†
Step Two: Wait for your invite to come via email
Step Three: Install Music Manager on your desktop. Click on “Add Music” on the top right, then click on “Download Music Manager.”
Step Four: After the download has completed, begin the setup.
Click Next on the first screen:
On the following screen, use the Google Account details that you used to sign up for Music Beta by Google:
Select the location where your music files are kept/managed:
On the following screen, click Yes¬†if you would like your new songs to be automatically added to your music library on Music Beta or No¬†if you would like to add songs manually:
Note: You can change this later.
Music Beta will now begin to scan your selected option for music that it needs to upload. After which, it will advise you how many tracks it has located:
You will then be brought to the end of your setup. You can click Close¬†or Go to Music Player:
After you have completed the setup, your songs will begin uploading onto the ‘cloud’. If you would like to change any options, you can do so by going to the program via the icon on your taskbar or in your programs list.
Hope this article has shown you the jist of what Music Beta by Google is and does.