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Honeycomb music app takes HTC EVO to the cloud


Google's highly anticipated cloud-syncing, streaming music service may not have been launched at last month's Honeycomb event as many hoped and/or expected, but it seems much of the functionality is already up and running behind the scenes.

WhiteWidows from the xda-developers forum recently installed the Honeycomb music player .apk onto his rooted HTC EVO running CyanogenMod 7 and discovered that accepting a couple of subsequent permission requests resulted in all of the music stored on his SD card being automatically synced to an unknown Google server. The tracks could then be streamed without issue back to his EVO, even after he removed the original card and replaced it with a blank one.

The streaming/syncing function has been confirmed to work on other ROMs and other phones too, so even though no one knows exactly where the files are going (let's hope all those synced tracks aren't pirated and the server isn't being monitored by the RIAA) and streaming music presumably takes a bigger toll on the battery than playing it locally, it still might be worth a shot on your rooted EVO. If you're running an AOSP ROM, then you'll need to replace the stock music app with the Honeycomb one; if you're running Sense, then you can just install the new app alongside HTC Music.

Before you check it out for yourself at the XDA link below, keep in mind that syncing can only be done to/from the SD card (no PC syncing at the moment) and the amount of cloud storage each person gets is currently unknown.

[xda-developers via Engadget] Thanks, Nick!

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