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Google’s Cloud Music Server Up & Running

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Are computer code-writers/programmers intent upon facilitating the theft of music?

Hackers find Google’s music cloud

Google Music Sync is go

By Bill Ray

Posted in 8th March 2011 11:26 GMT

Android hackers have discovered that Google’s cloud-based music service is up and running, for those prepared to muck about with the internals of Honeycomb at least.

Google has been widely expected to launch a cloud-based music service – an online store of your existing collection – and that‘s exactly what’s been found in the Honeycomb media player.

Those willing to install the latest build, which isn’t yet supported by Google, have been able to synchronise their music collections with Google’s cloud and then stream the tracks back after deleting the local files.

That is of limited value of course, it only frees up some space on the phone, and Google‘s system will no doubt come with a desktop client too, so that music synchronised to the cloud can be accessed by different devices.

This approach has been tried before, with service providers arguing that they don’t need to worry about copyright as Fair Use provisions allow owners to make copies of purchased music, and the fact that those copies happen to be located in the cloud is irrelevant. The record labels haven’t, in the past, been sympathetic to such arguments, which don’t apply in the UK anyway as we have no provision for fair use.

The hack has been repeated by others on the XDA Developers’ Forum, several of whom report being able to stream music reliably from Google’s cloud into handsets with Gingerbread installed.

Building synchronisation into the Gingerbread media player shows Google’s commitment to provide such a service, but it’s hard to imagine the copyright holders are going to take this lying down.

Google has shown itself willing to ride roughshod over such interests in the past, and will no doubt be equal to the task this time around too.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/08/google_music_sync/

Here’s the original post identifying the discovery.

CM7 + Honeycomb Music App = Cloud Music Sync WORKING!!!!!
Posted 4th March 2011, 06:03 PM by “WhiteWidows”
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=980018

I reporting back on something I stumbled on yesterdays after updating to the latest CM7 2.3.3 build. After updating I have been removing the sock music app then replacing it with the Honeycomb version. Upon that I was prompted with several permissions request and accepted them all. Syncing then started and I checked that under that under Account and Sync notice Music was syncing. This synced overnight. I put in a empty SDcard in. Then I went in to the Jumper Test that comes along with the Music app started the peer under the Controls tab, Ran a test under the Logs tab ( showed 785 files and the files names below) went back to the music app then went to music settings and checked Stream Music and my music started to show up! Played a few songs no problems at all. Let me know if this is working for anyone else.

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