Google’s music service in the cloud has been in beta for a couple of months now. I’m not really sure what’s taking Google this long to release the service for public consumption. It seems pretty stable and as far as current features are concerned, I don’t think there’s anything left to do to enhance it some more.
It’s also possible, Google is waiting for Apple to launch its iCloud service first, to get some more ideas to implement in their own application. In case you’re not aware, iCloud will have some functionalities similar to Google Music and vice versa. But that’s a different story.
For now, let’s take a look into the big step which Google took to advance Google Music Beta towards full public release – The Google Music Beta app for iPhone and iPad which was quietly rolled out a few days ago.
Now, before you jump for joy thinking that this is a native iOS app, sorry to disappoint you folks, because you won’t find it from the App Store. Google Music Beta for iPhone and iPad is in fact a HTML 5-based mobile web app that runs on your iDevice’s Safari web browser or any other browser you may be using.
How To Access Google Mobile Beta from Your Device?
Before you can access and use Google Mobile Beta from your iDevices, you must first have a Google Music Beta account. Unfortunately, Google has stopped sending out invite on its own. But the good news is that you can ask your friends who are already on Google Music Beta for an invite. Google is handing down invites to current account holders, five at a time.
If you’re already a Google Music Beta account holder, you can see the invites that you can give out on the upper part of your screen when you’re logged on to your Google Music account.
Once you’ve settled this pre-requisites, you can simply fire up your iPhone or iPad’s mobile web browser and visit – music.google.com. There you’ll be greeted by a pretty simple interface of Google Music Beta in the cloud.
Features of Google Music Beta for iPhone and iPod Touch
Compared to the Google Music Beta on your desktop, the HTML 5-powered version on your iDevices is a toned down version. You are given five views to select the music that you want to listen to. These are Artists, Albums, Songs, Playlists, and Genres.
The Album view displays thumbnail images of album covers together with the album titles. The rest of the views are straight-forward listings of the music files that you have on your Google Music Account.
The web app’s interface is quite well designed and works flawlessly. You can swipe between Songs, Albums, Artists, Playlists and Genres easily and swiftly.
Each of the artists on your Google Music Cloud storage have separate display views listing down the different songs under each artists.
You can play tracks one by one or shuffle albums with multiple tracks.
What’s good about the Google Music Beta iOS web app is that when you’re listening to a music, you can still close your Safari web browser and do other tasks while the music continues to play on. You can then control this using iOS music controls.
And lastly, the web app allows you to cache up to 25MB on your iPhone or iPad. Not really too much to let you play tons of music offline but enough to last you until the next time your device goes online again.
Should You Use Google Music Beta app for iPhone or iPad?
Google Music Beta mobile web app may seem pretty crude now and lack the more advanced features of its desktop counterpart. But for letting you access your music from the Google cloud service, the web app does it function pretty well.
If you’ve always wanted to carry around your music without burdening your iDevices too much, then Google Music Beta web app offers a pretty basic solution.
The fact that it is a web app and doesn’t need any storage space on your device is a big plus, so it’s definitely worth checking out.