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Even though Google Music is still in its beta stages (which it entered only recently), there’s already extensions appearing for it- albeit unofficial ones. So, basically, this is one of those ‘install at your own risk’ scenarios- though I can hardly see how this app would be harmful. Then again, I guess all it takes is a few mixed up lines of code to lock up a program. Plus, it’s still in beta, just like the API it’s attached to.
Developed by Level 2 studios, “Better Music Beta” allows you to listen to your Google Music from your browser without needing to open the Google Music website. You can also song scrobble (a rather bizarre word that essentially translates to you sending information about a song you’re enjoying to a website where it’s added to your profile), “love” songs on Last.FM, give songs a thumbs up/down, show desktop notifications, switch playlists and so on and so forth. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Just want to emphasize, though- this app isn’t going to work for you if you aren’t already in the Google Music Beta. Sorry, folks. If you were hoping for an app that would approximate the beta experience for those without an invite…this isn’t it.
If you’ve got a Google Music account, swing by the Google Webstore to grab yourself a copy of the extension.
via Chrome Story
Will Google launch their music service and web-based Android Market tomorrow?
The Dev Channel of Chrome browser has been updated with stability fixes and settings menu changes.
Here’s a guide to the password syncing feature that now comes in the newest Dev builds.
A loophole in Google Apps for Domains is allowing users to squat without proof of ownership.
Google and Microsoft are going toe to toe right in front of all of us to see.
As I was listening to Google’s fourth quarter earnings call, which featured an introduction that addressed the leadership change at Google, I was struck by Sergey Brin’s comment about vaporware. I wouldn’t really say that it’s him personally, but the fact that there have been many rumored projects in the works by Google that have not come to fruition. As he starts his newly appointed role of managing new products, maybe he’s just taking responsibility.
Sure, many of these new projects are definitely being tested internally, but for those of us outside the Googleplex, it appears as if nothing is going on, which is likely far from the actual scenario taking place.
Google has been long rumored to be working on a social product that has been identified as Google Me or more recently Google +1. This is expected to be a competitor to Facebook. One analyst said not long ago that the company has “given up on social“, possibly sparking the vaporware remark by Brin since he did say it on an earnings call with a bunch of, you know, analysts. But surely we can expect to see it in 2011, but only time will tell when. Brin did allude to social during the call today, saying that they have only touched one percent of what social search can be.
While mentioned in the post announcing the release of Chrome 7 stable, not much has ever been said about the File API that has quietly been implemented into the browser. If you have heard recently about the fact that you can now drag and drop files from your desktop and into Google Docs to upload them, that is a perfect example of the File API in action.
The API itself is actually an open standard that has been developed in conjunction with the W3C. That’s why you can use the Google Docs drag and drop feature not just in Chrome, but also in Firefox and Safari.
A new feature has been added to Chrome that allows you to paste text from the browser without the formatting using Ctrl+Shift+V.
Google is rushing to negotiate with recording label to launch their music streaming service by Christmas.
A former Google engineer was able to use his security clearance to stalk teenagers until he was fired from his post.
Wired calls the Internet Explorer 9 Beta “Lean, fast and modern“.
Skyhook has sued Google alleging that they forced Motorola to use Google Maps or risk Android decertification.
Mashable’s Jolie O’Dell is reporting that Google’s plan is to have its streaming music service available before the holiday season. The new offering, to be named Google Music, is an effort be the search giant to compete against Apple’s iTunes in a more Pandora-like form whereby users can have a storage “locker” of sorts where the store their music in the cloud.
The idea is to have the music service be ubiquitous over all platforms. During Google’s I/O developer conference, product managers showed off the ability to stream music from a home computer over to an Android phone. Google Music would be able to stream across Windows, Chrome OS and Mac computers as well as Android smartphones.
It will be interesting to see how Apple tries to combat a web-based platform like Google Music. The company’s new social media-meets music offering Ping is a service that is locked into the iTunes application. Google Music if HTML5 based would still be available to iOS users through their web browsers.
Music industry executives are supposedly excited about Google Music’s prospects for monetizing digital music, possibly with a per-user licensing fee every month to utilize the service.
If Google were to charge to a small fee per month to listen to the music you liked to whenever you wanted to, would you pay for it?
This week, Apple launched its new music-social network service Ping. There was a lot of fanfare at its outset, and even Mashable proclaimed that the service would kill MySpace Music for good. Then the backlash began. It’s another walled off service from Apple that is not a cloud app, its vulnerable to spamming scams and the fact that it’s simply pandering to an existing iTunes user base.
Ping is supposedly the resurrected remains of the music service Lala, which Apple bought earlier this year. If that’s true, they’ve brought back from the dead a very ugly zombie. Remember Lala? It was a web based application that served up the music you wanted, when you wanted it. Although it had some restrictions on the number of times you could play certain songs, it was free so I was OK with it.
I came across a new weekly show called Google Beat today. This is a bit of a turn for Google, as this is clearly an effort for the company to generate some of its own content. The video reminds of to some degree of a newscast following the top search trends of the week. While people can peruse this type of information by looking at Google Trends, creating a show around this is interesting to say the least.
With several new services projected to provide media content before the end of the year such as Google Music and the rumored Newspass payment system for publishers its clear the company is planning on going beyond just organizing the world’s information. It looks like they also want to build content around it as well.
It looks like the Chromium folks are wasting no time after getting a release of Chrome 6 out in beta. The newest builds of Chromium now are at version 7.
As Softpedia points out, there really isn’t much different from previous Chromium releases that were are part of version 6, rather a part of the stratgey to get new stable versions out every six weeks.
This means that Chrome Canary builds will likely soon get the newest version, further supporting the fact that Google will start running up the numbers in terms of Chrome versions as we hurtle towards the release of Google TV and Chrome OS. That’s the two major ones among other service launches expected this year including Google Music, Google Me and the Chrome Web Store.
There sure are a lot of things on the horizon before the end of 2010.
The Chrome Web Store is nearing a launch date – DownloadSquad has discovered webapp sync support is in the pipeline.
Google Checkout may be uniquely positioned to benefit from the release of Google Music, Google Games and Chrome OS.
The Dev channel of Chrome browser has been updated; stability fixes and UI improvements are part of the release.
Google Wave will live on – as an enterprise collaboration solution called Novell Pulse.
Here is a useful guide on how to find files within Google Docs.
Another Chrome OS competitor: Peppermint Ice OS bridges the gap between cloud computing and Linux-based native apps.
As if it is not yet clear, our friends at Inside Google have written a post on Google’s gaming initiative.
Here is a very in-depth look at the Google-ITA Software acquisition from a serious travel expert.
In India, the battle is Internet Explorer versus Chrome.
No doubt that a Google Music service is coming to America; they’ve hired a top-notch attorney to help get it off the ground.
Yesterday, we reported in the Daily that Google is planning a press event tomorrow, led by VP of Search Products Marissa Meyer. This is what was published on Fortune’s Google 27/4 blog.
Please join us on Tuesday, July 20th for a brief press event at Google’s office in San Francisco. Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products and User Experience, will be speaking, and we’ll be introducing a few new things we think you’ll be interested to see. We’ll kick off with a continental breakfast followed by the presentation and product demos.
While there could be a good amount of speculative nature in this post, here are some bubbling developments that have been rumored lately and could have something to do with what is being unveiled tomorrow.
During Google I/O, the company showed off a new Android feature that allows users to stream music that is stored on their computer to their phone. Many said that this was a quiet attempt to show off Google’s coming music service. Google’s China site already has music, and according to one commenter on this blog located in China, this service has been available for a few months, likely lending to lax copyright laws in a country where no one has ever really paid for music anyways.
Most regard Google’s first social attempt, Buzz, as a flop namely because of privacy violations that occurred at the outset. But Google has corrected course to some degree, and whatever you may say about it, Buzz still exists. The rumor milling around is that a further expansion to Buzz is coming soon, possibly with profiles just like Facebook. But how much like Facebook does Google want to be? Remember, Eric Schmidt has said that Facebook users in turn still search quite a bit with Google, and the fact that Schmidt recently met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggests Google would probably try something that goes in a different direction.
Let’s not discount here who will be presenting tomorrow. Marissa Meyer is the VP that is responsible for the search user interface that we use today, and she has been a part of the company since the early days. Is it possible that we will see a key new element in search? Google is desperately missing a travel option on their home page, so it is quite possible that something related to Google’s purchasing of travel search company ITA Software. Although the deal is under review, that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t already been working on something. That’s good, since right now search rival Bing is seemingly held together by its innovative travel functionality, and not on its core search.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll be interested in the resulting news. As soon as we have information on any developments, they will be posted right here.