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Google Music Coming in Honeycomb According to Motorola CEO

Motorola CEO already confirmed pricing for the XOOM today and gave us word on pricing for a wifi-only version, but he isn’t stopping there.  During his time at MWC, he also let slip some tidbits about the upcoming music service from Google that will compete with Apple’s iTunes.  While it’s no secret that Google Music has been in the works, this is one of the first times we’ve heard anyone with any sort of voice actually make reference to it.  Jha also made it sound as if Honeycomb would be the first version of Android to take advantage of this new service…

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Jha said: “If you look at Google Mobile services [via Android] today, there’s a video service, there’s a music service – that is, there will be a music service.” He added that the value of the upgrade to the Android system, known as “Honeycomb”, which will power the forthcoming Motorola Xoom tablet is that “it adds video services and music services”.

I don’t know about the majority of folks out there, but to me, this is huge news.  There is nothing more frustrating than having yo download songs in iTunes and then transfer them over to my device.  Having the ability to handle all of your multimedia needs on a phone and/or tablet is one of the key ingredients that have been missing from Android since the beginning.

We’ve seen bits and pieces of a Honeycomb music player that hinted at streaming or syncing of music, so here’s to hoping for a Google I/O unveiling.  Did I mention we’ll be there?

Your thoughts?

Via:  Android Community, Guardian

  • Romma1

    It’s loading, but I am getting fc’s trying to open it. uninstalled and reinstalled. Same thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrettJWagner Brett Wagner

    i want to be able to plug my droid x into my cars usb port and control the songs from it’s screen, not through the unit. I get that out of my ipod touch right now and thats why i still have it. If i can do this, i will sell my touch and forget about the fruit factory. If this is possible already, someone please let me know!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

      plug it into usb and line in. it looks a little silly with the 2 cables, but it works

      • http://www.facebook.com/BrettJWagner Brett Wagner

        Nahhh i want my music coming from the USB… better sound quality and less clutter… that is ideal

  • Parrotheadmjb

    You sure he wasn’t talking about this: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/17/sony-music-unlimited-music-streaming-service-arrives-in-the-us/

    “It’ll also be available on Android smartphones soon with an iOS app coming later this year, assuming Apple’s new subscription debacle doesn’t derail Sony’s plans. “

  • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

    I’d love to see Google Music promote independent artists / Creative Commons artists as well alongside the mainstream ones. It could become a disruptive force in the industry if done right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

    I really like the gallery interface in the honeycomb player. it beats the hell out of coverflow. I wonder if the new cyanogen music player will try to mimic it for now?
    I wouldn’t mind buying music from google, because as long as the internet is there, google music will be. Thats comforting.
    I wonder how long the CRTC will try to delay letting google music into canada. We still don’t have rhapsody , or google voice :(

  • Rayman411vm

    Zune

  • http://twitter.com/d1m1m1 David Mehedinti

    :D can’t wait!!!

  • MansterRock

    Gingerbread ROM GBA11 from Peter Alfonso has a “Music” syncing option under the google account settings to where you would find the calendar and contacts syncing options.

    CHecked it off, and my droid showed a syncing symbol in notification bar for several hours. Other than that, can’t find anything else about it.

  • Buckgrad

    Google Music sounds good. But I’ve been fine buying and downloading music from Amazon MP3 store. No transferring…just directly to my Droid X.

  • Buckgrad

    Google Music sounds good. But I’ve been fine buying and downloading music from Amazon MP3 store. No transferring…just directly to my Droid X.

  • Kierra

    This is good news , but I usually just download my music straight to my device from music junk or an app like it.

  • Anonymous

    GHOSTFAAAACE KILLLAAAAH!!!!! Where did this screen shot come from?

  • Anonymous

    WASSUP WITH MOVIES?

  • Anonymous

    “There is nothing more frustrating than having yo download songs in iTunes and then transfer them over to my device.”

    I agree, I actually have a $25 itunes card I got for Christmas and I don’t want to use it because I despise *pple so much. I know it’s already purchased and therefore they already got their money, but still. On top of that I don’t want to install itunes either. Last time I did that it was a pain to remove everything.

    • http://twitter.com/bryanbnoble Mike Ambrosino

      I’m in the same boat, I just look at the gift card in disgust.. my solution = re-gift! (maybe spray the front of the card chrome, they tend to like shiny things)

    • http://twitter.com/bryanbnoble Mike Ambrosino

      I’m in the same boat, I just look at the gift card in disgust.. my solution = re-gift! (maybe spray the front of the card chrome, they tend to like shiny things)

  • Niemeyer2010

    Yes! FINALLY. I am SO sick and tired of using iSyncr on my DX… (Because it doesnt even sync all my music!) . Thank you MOTO-freakin-ROLA

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520188807 Miguel Delapaz

    Screw iTunes…Amazon MP3 FTW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520188807 Miguel Delapaz

    Screw iTunes…Amazon MP3 FTW!

  • Anonymous

    video service : youtube :: music service : google music?

    That makes no sense…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kane-Stapler/597191406 Kane Stapler

      Like your title says, your a DA.
      Free video hosting is completely different that purchasing and syncing music.

      • Anonymous

        Right, but the Jha said both exist and implied that the video service already exists by saying the music service will exist in the near future.

    • Anonymous

      Google TV.

  • Amiel

    Why do they continue to use Cooliris? So they can have a unique method of flipping through album art? Less is more, folks.

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome! I hate iTunes, it’s bloated, slow, blah blah blah

  • Lord_20_bucks

    Off topic question but should I use my last one year early upgrade for the htc thunderbolt or just wait for a dual core phone

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      Either way, it’ll be outdated by the end of the year :) I’d wait, though.

    • Tcal

      I’d wait; the Thunderbolt’s specs are going to be outdated in approximately a month anyways. (Thank you Motorola Atrix!)

      • Tcal

        Scratch that.
        According to AndroidCentral, the Atrix is coming in six days!
        The HTC Thunderbolt will be outdated at reception Ha!

  • Anonymous

    Who uses iTunes that doesn’t own a iPod anyway? I personally prefer the Zune media player or Songbird. Just my thoughts. I also prefer to gather my music from other sources since paying for music does more harm then good for the artists. Just my two cents…

    • Anonymous

      +1 for Songbird… I moved to that when I bought my Droid and sold my *pod.

    • Johnny

      +1 for zune!

    • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

      Paying for music does more harm than good for the artist? What do you mean by that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

        I saw an infographic awhile back showing that in order to make as much as a janitor does, a band needs to sell more than a billion songs on itunes. They need to sell on other media to actually make it. The music industry is huge and bloated, and when you pay for music, you’re really supporting the massive industry a lot more than the band. you’re better off downloading music and spending all your money on concerts, especially merch (most of the bands I like have really cool shirts anyway). A couple of years back, the rolling stones went on tour and grossed more than their record label overall that year.
        I’m not sure how paying for your music actively does harm dirrectly to the bands (any more than piracy does), but it could be argued that the industry harms the bands, and buying music supports that.

  • Firelight

    My guess: with Schmidt all talky-talky about the homogenizing of Honeycomb & Gingerbread into Ice Cream (Sandwich) and now Jha talking about it for the tablets – we’ll see this as a Beta for phones with limited functionality and full-on functionality inside of Honeycomb and finally a wide release with ICS.

    Google is never ‘quick’ with these sorts of things (Hello, GMail beta!) and they have to sort out two important aspects of this music service: The labels & content providers and syncing my own library from my PC to the cloud and to then bring ALL of this to the device(s)

  • Tcal

    I’ll start caring when they announce a Google Video Store. But for those who care; Good for you.

  • Tcal

    I’ll start caring when they announce a Google Video Store. But for those who care; Good for you.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    The limited view of the UI looks nice, but I’d like to see more. I wonder if the update to the Android Market is a preview of the usability and layout of Google Music.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    The limited view of the UI looks nice, but I’d like to see more. I wonder if the update to the Android Market is a preview of the usability and layout of Google Music.

  • Kevoskee

    Very clean interface, me wanna try

  • Anonymous

    Nerdgasm week continues. Is it time for Google I/O yet?

  • http://www.twitter.com/slinky317 slinky317

    If you go to market.android.com/music or market.android.com/movies, you’ll see it just redirects to the main Market homepage. However if you do market.android.com/anythingelse, it 404s. I’d say that’s pretty interesting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TxAggieMichael Michael Johnson

      Sweeet…

    • http://www.facebook.com/TxAggieMichael Michael Johnson

      Sweeet…

    • Tcal

      Interesting…

    • Tcal

      Interesting…

  • Anonymous

    Amazon MP3 > iTunes

  • Treknologist

    The fact that it is coming to Honeycomb does not necessarily exclude it from Froyo or Gingerbread. I doubt Google would limit themselves to just Honeycomb users when introducing this service. Can people stop using the “fragmentation” word? It is so overused that Google now has “fragments” as part of the OS experience with Honeycomb. LOL

    • Eric Richardson97

      I agree. I see no reason why it wouldn’t work with older versions. Could just as easily be an app that gets all this data from the cloud.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

        They’ll turn music into a market app like youtube and gmail, and update it like crazy. I’m surprised no one tried to play music on a xoom at mwc

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

        They’ll turn music into a market app like youtube and gmail, and update it like crazy. I’m surprised no one tried to play music on a xoom at mwc

  • Anonymous

    Are they going to give an official release date for the XOOM, or what???

    • Tcal

      I thought they made themselves clear about the Motorola Xoom getting a free 4G radio upgrade at CES?

      • Anonymous

        Honestly, I don’t know that they made anything clear at CES. Some Motorola reps were saying you had to send the XOOM to Motorola for the upgrade, while other Moto reps were saying the upgrade would happen at a Verizon service center.

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s at least part of the reason we’re seeing such a high initial price. Got to pay for the upgrade upfront. I wonder if they are going to pay the shipping, making it a 100% free upgrade.. if you account for double shipping, the LTE radio, and the labor involved, I could stomach the $799 price.

  • Kigs

    good so it wont be available for the thunderbolt…fragmentation anyone?

  • Kigs

    good so it wont be available for the thunderbolt…fragmentation anyone?

    • Anonymous

      Of course it would be available to the Thunderbolt.

    • Rampancy

      Why do i*hone fanboys come here? I don’t troll other forums just to start arguments. Then again I’m not a 300 lb nerd that lives in his mom’s basement because he spent all of his cash on i*hones.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TxAggieMichael Michael Johnson

      False.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TxAggieMichael Michael Johnson

      False.

  • http://twitter.com/willsours Will Sours

    I can’t believe you use iTunes.

  • http://twitter.com/willsours Will Sours

    I can’t believe you use iTunes.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I would use AmazonMP3 100x before I use iTunes.

      • Mr.Joe

        And I would illegal download before any of them.

        I was HUGE for AmazonMP3 till I went to re download for someone. That’s when I found out that you only get one chance to download. After that you have to rebuy it. What BS.

        • Rampancy

          You can send them an e-mail saying your harddrive crashed and you lost all of your music, they will re-enable all of your downloads. I did it like 2 years after or something myself.

    • Anonymous

      and what’s wrong with iTunes? please explain in details as to why.

      • Anonymous

        It finances Steve Jobs’ turtleneck addiction.

        • Eazy$

          LOL well played sir

        • Anonymous

          seriously? that’s the only reason? any constructive comments about why iTunes app is frowned upon?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

            That’s the only reason we need.

          • Anonymous

            The first link should suffice http://tinyurl.com/472uz2p

        • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

          I think that’s mock turtleneck. :-D What’s the joke about them?

          > Do you know why they’re called mock turtlenecks?

          Because everyone is mocking you.

        • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

          I think that’s mock turtleneck. :-D What’s the joke about them?

          > Do you know why they’re called mock turtlenecks?

          Because everyone is mocking you.

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t have “Google” in front of it.

        • Tcal

          Ha!

      • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

        I always found it a lot more cumbersome than just dragging and dropping the files back when I used my iPod Classic, but that’s just me. It was also buggy and slow to start up. I also personally switched to Ubuntu two years ago, and iTunes doesn’t have a Linux binary. Google seems to put some work in making Android work reliably with cross-platform or computer-agnostic solutions, so if Google starts a music service, I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to use it even though I don’t use Windows or Mac.

    • Kelz2323

      I tunes is so bloated for what it does its ridiculous. Amazonmp3 is much better not nearly as much bloat for something as simple as downloading a mp3

  • Anonymous

    One thought: AWESOME! :D

  • Anonymous

    One thought: AWESOME! :D

    • Jesus

      White power

      • tip

        Hell yeah

      • tip

        Hell yeah

    • Jesus

      White power