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Google Music Mysteriously Syncing to the Cloud on Android 2.3.3 ROMs

Remember the “Honeycomb” music app that leaked out back in December?  You know, the one that included a broken option to “Sync Music”?  It’s back in the spotlight today and for a good reason.  It appears to be finding a way to sync music to a mysterious Google Cloud on devices running Android 2.3.3.  This new active syncing was discovered over at XDA through user WhiteWidows who tested out the music app while running the latest CyanogenMod7 2.3.3 build.  Just after installing it, he received a permission request from Google Music and started digging deeper to see what was actually happening.

Once accepted, and the “Jumper” app that comes with the Honeycomb music app has been configured slightly, your phone will indeed start syncing your music…to somewhere.  WhiteWidows went as far as waiting for his entire music collection to sync, then removed his SD card and swapped it out with a blank one to see if he could still play his music.  Sure enough, he could. From the cloud.

There’s no telling where your music is going, but this gives some hope to the idea that Google’s Music service is just around the corner.  And after all, we are just 2 months from Google I/O, so hopefully the final bugs are being ironed out now and we’ll see some sort of epic unveiling on the 10th or 11th.

To test it out for yourself, grab either the latest CM7 nightly from ROM Manager or the new Bugless Beast that just came out today and give it a go.

After that, re-grab the “Honeycomb” music app here.  As you can see from the screenshots above, my original DROID running the new Bugless Beast GPA13 is indeed syncing right now.

Via:  XDA

  • Edeede

    it wont let me start peer

  • Anonymous

    hey guys set up the jumper account and start syncing. then go to log and run a test. it will show all the files you have uploaded to the cloud and which cloud you are uploading to. its awesome that google is giving my my own personal cloud :-)

  • Barlog

    I can’t get the link for the music player to download to my stock rooted DX? Does anyone have a link for it somewhere else other than media fire? Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591569613 Balthazar Ruster

    For those of you with problems with GPA12, Pete actually said GPA13 fixes all those problems. It had something to do with the AOSP and some kernel bugs I think, but it should all be good now.

  • Temp123

    The sync works, but the app FCs every time I try to open it. OG Droid CM7 N11.

  • Temp123

    The sync works, but the app FCs every time I try to open it. OG Droid CM7 N11.

  • Steenerk

    This is working on Project Elite 5.2 and syncing too

  • Anonymous

    Curiously, any ability to synch music on the xoom is not available.

  • Anonymous

    Curiously, any ability to synch music on the xoom is not available.

  • Derkk

    I actually have seen this same feature on 2.2.1 when you install that same music app. I install this music app to my Captivate Custom ROMs b/c I don’t like Samsung’s Music app. I haven’t played with it much, but I can confirm the syncing with a 2.2.1 ROM. I just never thought of reporting to any news source before. :P

  • Anonymous
  • Beng8686

    Worked on PE 5.0.2 build 2.3.2. Not just 2.3.3 builds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      How? I didn’t see a way to make it work and I am on the same rom.

      • pezjono

        Install the music app. Go to Settings -> Accounts & sync -> select your gmail account -> check “Sync Music”
        I am also on PE 5.0.2 (which is build 2.3.2) and can confirm I am syncing at the moment. I have no idea if it is truly working, but it is syncing.

  • NKTizzle

    Working just fine with a Samsung Fascinate on EB01.

  • Anonymous

    I would rather this be able to sync with my own servers. That way its my file with in my reach. Plus I don’t think I need more then 1.5 tbs.

  • http://twitter.com/Carpatus James Cox

    Dang, I would have liked to take advantage of it but the music app keeps FC’ing on me in both BB and CM7. Oh well, guess I will just wait until it is integrated into Android.

  • http://twitter.com/JerrryLange Jerry lange

    anybody else notice there phone getting warmer then usual when they turn on music sync? also i noticed my data arrows are always active now, but the sync icon is not active. please help average consumption is 25%

  • Anonymous

    Well if you think of it google is pretty big and the music industry is a big game to get into so if they did, they could make some good cash….besides yes its expensive to run but 10 terabites could hold a lot of music and for google…thats like nothing…they have like 1500 terabites. lol

  • Anonymous

    Just use rdio until google gets subscription music, its only like 10 dollars per month and you have unlimited music on all devices. I have it on my mac, windows, android, and iphone and they all keep in sync. Google really needs to offer a subscription service to make this work (and I would drop rdio and subscribe day one).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      Why would I pay 10 dollars a month to listen to the radio? Radio is and always has been free.

      • Anonymous

        Rdio isn’t radio, it is basically like the zune marketplace or itunes for music.

      • Anonymous

        Rdio isn’t radio, it is basically like the zune marketplace or itunes for music.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting. I would also like to know if there is a storage limit. And do I need Gingerbread and the leaked Honeycomb music app, or just the Honeycomb music app.

    Hope this lasts as kind of an easter egg/test while Google irons out the bug because this is cool.

    • Anonymous

      i think both….won’t work on my 2.2.1 droid x….

  • Gigaglutton

    Is there a storage limit in the “Google Cloud”? If I could get 1 or 2 hundred free gigs of music up there I’d be interested. If not, I’ll stick with AudioGalaxy streaming from my home computer.

    • Anonymous

      How do you listen to two hundred gigs of music? I really hope that was a typo.

      • Gigaglutton

        I have a 160 gb Ipod Classic that is full up to the gills – high quality full length live shows can eat up gigs faster than you might imagine. Audiogalaxy is great, lets me access my entire Itunes library on my Droid.

        • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

          No you don’t

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

            Why wouldn’t he?

            Seriously, what’s some of your problems? Why does it seem so far fetched to have a lot of music? I have about 40 gigs of music, myself.

        • Anonymous

          Right but isn’t this specifically for music, hundreds of gigs of music would take forever to listen to.

        • Anonymous

          Right but isn’t this specifically for music, hundreds of gigs of music would take forever to listen to.

    • Anonymous

      maybe 1-5 or unlimited…….

    • Anonymous

      You are, fortunately, a minority. Most people have under 10 gigs of music. Most likely google will make the first 5 or so gigs free, and then tiered paid plans after that.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    i’ve read around, and i’m starting to think: we are probably syncing to a test server google has set up in order to test the app and the service. since we have the jumpertest app packaged with the music player, it is safe to assume that this is not the final product, and since no one can find the music, i am assuming it is going to a test server.

    also, it seems that syncing is no longer working. has anyone finished a sync? i ran the jumpertest and it said i have no files synced, yet my phone has been syncing for about two hours now. at first i was a little scared that we are overloading a test server, but i am pretty sure that google has cut that off now.

    i say, let’s just take this as news, and not try it for now.

  • Senordeuce

    This app worked on a previous liquid rom but lgb 1.3 which is 2.3.3 based is forceclosing. I got the request to sync but I can’t open the app.

  • http://blog.vezquex.com/ Vezquex

    Check if the music appears in Google Docs, as that is the defacto GDrive.

  • Romma1

    This whole thing with syncing files “someplace” reminds me of a Stephen King novel.. Are all of our files on Altair 4?

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    Confirmed and working on Android 2.2.1 as well. I use this on my Fascinate. There’s a thread on XDA about it as well.

    • Anonymous

      how? link me?

      • Anonymous

        on my droid x…… 2.2

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.lippert Tony Lippert

    My songs sync.. but when I delete one from the SD card and go to play it, it says this file is not supported…

  • Anonymous

    I have it syncing on my DX Liberty 1.5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000471092212 Steve Cale

    Also on Fascinate Froyo: http://goo.gl/4z8ca

  • http://twitter.com/onfire4g05 Justin Osborne

    Eh? I found my rooted stock Droid Incredible eating battery away MUCH quicker than normal two weeks ago. One of my Google Accounts was setup to sync music. It would sit at the sync dialog for a while, too. I then turned off that Google Account (as that’s not my main one) and went to my other Google Account and checked the box and it popped up a request from Google asking me if it was okay to sync.

    I’ve not done any testing on it (as I have a huge music library on my phone)… but it sure was causing my phone to “murder” itself early every day. :P

  • bill1253

    On droid forums, winners00 build is 2.3.3 built off cm7 nightlies.
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/cyanogenmod/118531-cm7-build-thread.html

    Syning my music now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteege Terry Steege

    I was able to run the “Honeycomb” app, on my rooted original droid running the ROM “CyanogenMod-6.1.2-Droid” which is 2.2.1 and it took. I now have the sync Music option as well as the icon for “Jumpertest” and allowed it to “Start Peer” after I connected my gmail account, and the yellow Music app works. Very cool.

    Now I see if I go to “https://market.android.com/music/” it gives me the app form, but does not die like it use too. I would love to try to buy a song and see it upload to my phone, or be able to see my phone library online. Time will tell. Thanks Droid-Life for the heads up. Hope this helps you guys and keeps you from Flashing your phone if you don’t have to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteege Terry Steege

    I was able to run the “Honeycomb” app, on my rooted original droid running the ROM “CyanogenMod-6.1.2-Droid” which is 2.2.1 and it took. I now have the sync Music option as well as the icon for “Jumpertest” and allowed it to “Start Peer” after I connected my gmail account, and the yellow Music app works. Very cool.

    Now I see if I go to “https://market.android.com/music/” it gives me the app form, but does not die like it use too. I would love to try to buy a song and see it upload to my phone, or be able to see my phone library online. Time will tell. Thanks Droid-Life for the heads up. Hope this helps you guys and keeps you from Flashing your phone if you don’t have to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tsteege Terry Steege

    I was able to run the “Honeycomb” app, on my rooted original droid running the ROM “CyanogenMod-6.1.2-Droid” which is 2.2.1 and it took. I now have the sync Music option as well as the icon for “Jumpertest” and allowed it to “Start Peer” after I connected my gmail account, and the yellow Music app works. Very cool.

    Now I see if I go to “https://market.android.com/music/” it gives me the app form, but does not die like it use too. I would love to try to buy a song and see it upload to my phone, or be able to see my phone library online. Time will tell. Thanks Droid-Life for the heads up. Hope this helps you guys and keeps you from Flashing your phone if you don’t have to.

  • Nxus1ne

    Someone should sync their music while connected to WiFi that they can then packet sniff (with something like Wireshark) to see what’s really going on…

  • Stephen D

    So it basically scans your SD Card for any music, then syncs it somewhere, and lets you play it from this mysterious place? That would be awesome. My music takes around 7 gigs on my SD Card(which isn’t all of it, that’s my favorite songs), so being able to free 7 gigs up on my SD Card and still having music would be great.

  • Sparticus_78

    nice this works on the og droid. nightly 2/16 nice i wonder how much this is going to cost

  • Mr. Joe

    When I saw this title I said son of a bitch. When I got to the bitch part my oven beeped. It MUST be fate!

  • Anonymous

    Someone needs to take their phone to work and have their IT Dept run it through their web filters monitoring program and start syncing some music so you can see the activity.

  • s2556

    and im still stuck with 2.1!!!
    damn motorola milestone with telus in canada. Not sure if I’ll be buying a new motorola celly any time soon… All tho that atrix looks pretty sick and comes out in 2 weeks…

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    yay cloud

  • Jak_341

    The bigger question is where is the music syncing to? Probably a lot of us have gigabytes of music. Is Google really wanting to sync this to their servers?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      it’s all being sent to my computer.. thanks guys!

    • SamIam

      On your phone?!! I want that SD card!

      • Anonymous

        The OG Droid came with a 16gb sd card lol, what did ur phone come with? N wat phone?

        • SamIam

          Ya, I misread. I was thinking TB. What’s the problem with syncing a few GB over wifi?

    • SamIam

      On your phone?!! I want that SD card!

    • Anonymous

      google is probably smart enough to analyze the files and only host them once… I really doubt they will host both yours and kellexs’ Beiber collections twice, when they can host it once and push it to both of you.

      • Jak_341

        Bieber is a guilty pleasure. Lol!

  • Anonymous

    This is something they should have incorporated on the Xoom and really advertised the hell out of it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure they will, and then they will.

      • Anonymous

        sure, after the ipad2 has sold over a million

        • Anonymous

          That will only take about 5 minutes…

        • Anonymous

          They are obviously still working out the bugs or security issues. It’s just part of the constantly evolving Android OS. It’s always improving, more than once a year.

        • Anonymous

          They are obviously still working out the bugs or security issues. It’s just part of the constantly evolving Android OS. It’s always improving, more than once a year.

  • http://twitter.com/ChazClout ChazClout

    I’ll give this a whirl on my Blade running CM7 N12.

    Are we at last going to see the fruits of the Simplyfy Media purchase?

  • http://twitter.com/ChazClout ChazClout

    I’ll give this a whirl on my Blade running CM7 N12.

    Are we at last going to see the fruits of the Simplyfy Media purchase?

  • Anonymous

    This is fantastic news.

  • Anonymous

    GPA13 isnt Bugless Beast…you got me all excited haha. Great news though. Maybe i can finally get some of those 16gb back on my OG

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      Yep, GPA is “GingerbreadPeteAlfonso” his AOSP Gingerbread ROM is not Bugless Beast.

    • KO

      Yeah I was running it for a few days, but was finding some stability issues that I couldn’t live with, so I ended up going back to Liquid Gingerbread.

      A shame really, because I really liked the “almost stock” quality to it.

      • Anonymous

        Yea I installed GPA12 on my sisters OG and had to bring her back to Bugless .6.2.1 after a few days. She complained of audio skipping and strange things going on that i think had something to do with Quick Launch shortcuts which were making Facebook unusable. I tried almost all of Petes kernels and none fixed everything that was going on.

        • KO

          Yeah now that I think about it I believe it was GPA 12 I had problems with. It kept rebooting randomly, when using Handcent SMS it would often crash, and a few other odd things. I also tried replacing the kernel a few times with no success.

          It’s a shame really, as I was really impressed with it, aside from the obvious issues I had with it.

          • Anonymous

            She was getting reboots daily on the stock messaging app as well. Maybe GPA13 has these issues worked out since it is 2.3.3 not 2.3.2. Im gonna give it a try in a few days. I always wait on new releases, especially when the base OS changes, just in case bugs are found and fixed. And I always wipe, even though Pete says you don’t have to when coming from his GPA roms.

          • KO

            Yeah I really liked it, but for the moment Liquid Gingerbread is treating me pretty well. But I’ve always been a fan of his work, so I’m sure I’ll give it another try.

          • Slagg3r

            If you are having these issues you need to over clock. Pete even stated this you people need to learn to read

          • KO

            Oh I most certainly can read, and tried over clocking too, but never found the right combination of kernels and over clocking that took care of all the issues I was experiencing.

            I’m not trashing Pete here, I’ve always found his roms very stable, but haven’t had much luck with these particular ones,

    • KO

      Yeah I was running it for a few days, but was finding some stability issues that I couldn’t live with, so I ended up going back to Liquid Gingerbread.

      A shame really, because I really liked the “almost stock” quality to it.

    • http://twitter.com/Phoenix_Michael Michael Nash

      Yeah I got excited too…I want to download this ROM, but I’m kinda sick of wiping data/cache and starting from scratch!

    • http://twitter.com/Phoenix_Michael Michael Nash

      Yeah I got excited too…I want to download this ROM, but I’m kinda sick of wiping data/cache and starting from scratch!

  • Anonymous

    If only the Google cloud could release some Thunderbolts… :P

    • http://twitter.com/Crispityyy Chris Spells

      oooooo…I see what you did there :P

  • http://twitter.com/Doahh Josh Carroll

    First?
    Droid X running APEX 1.4.1 I can sync my music and it attempts to play but I get an error stating its an unsupported file format…

    • Anonymous

      Heard that Apex on the DROID2 also allows for syncing.

      • http://twitter.com/Doahh Josh Carroll

        The exact error is “Sorry, the player does not support this type of file.”

        So close, but so far away… I’m not sure if these files would have played in the first place though so let me download some working files and see if I can play them after they have synced.

        • Anonymous

          Try rebooting, I’ve gotten that error message before on my OG and after a reboot it works.

          • http://twitter.com/Doahh Josh Carroll

            Nope… didn’t work. I think the phone has to be on Gingerbread or higher for it to work, although there are some people on Milestone 2′s with success. Does the Milestone 2 run GB yet?

    • Anonymous

      Heard that Apex on the DROID2 also allows for syncing.