Dell Streak app review: Google Music Beta

This guest review was written by Brett Kaminski.

Android_sunglasses Most of us Dell Streak users have been anxiously awaiting news of El Goog's foray into the hyper-competitive music space, especially since Amazon launched their Cloud Drive player and Apple's expected to launch their iCloud next week at the WWDC.

Music Beta, announced at Google I/O in May, is still closed and requires an invite to use, but I was lucky enough to get my invite on Wednesday and spent all day yesterday with the service.

Initial thoughts are extremely positive! Google does an amazing job of making the setup fool proof. It took about 2-3 minutes to get the Music Manager desktop application installed. After the application installs, all you have to do to upload your library into the cloud, select where your music is stored, and off it goes!

Since my primary music software is iTunes, I just clicked "Apply" and "Ok" and went to sleep. Now I have roughly 25GB of music, so when I woke up the next day it was only about 66% done, which was more than enough to start testing the service on my way to work.

I take the Metra into Chicago every day for work, and I lose my data connection a lot due to random dead zones. Imagine my surprise when Music Beta on my Streak didn't stop playing once! I won't lie; I had my doubts as to how well this would perform without a constant data connection.

Google Music Album View

Google Music Song View

The interface looks great on the Streak's widescreen, and flipping between songs and albums is buttery smooth.

With a maximum of 20,000 songs, Music Beta easily holds all of my music with plenty of room to spare. The web interface is very smooth and responsive and has a Apple Genius-like feature for making playlists from one song. The added benefit of not having to use Pandora and worry about going over my 40 hours per month limit is a godsend.

Google Music Player

All in all, depending on how much Google ends up charging for this service (it's free right now), it will definitely be worth a look!

I know of a few people over on the forums that also received invites; if you're already using the service, what did you all think? If you're not, then hit up the link below and log in with your Google Account to request a Beta invite.

[Google Music]

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19 thoughts on “Dell Streak app review: Google Music Beta

  • Hey Egypt this is Brett…

    What presets do you have in your install.txt file when you flashed 1.9.0?

    also have you cleared your dalvik and system caches yet from either streakmod recovery or clockwork?

  • I always clear my dalvik everymonth and my system caches. I can try clearing them now.
    In my .txt

  • Hey Brett,
    After switching from iPhones to my streak last August I was unaware that at&t switched my data plan to 2 gb a month. I didn’t realize it until I got my December bill in January and had $30 in data overages due to a holiday road trip using Pandora and navigation . AT&T agreed to waive it that time but refused to allow me to to back to my unlimited plan as some other streak owners have been able to do. How is Google music on data usage? Also how does it compare in battery drain to an apply like Pandora?

  • Hey Hayden,
    That’s unfortunate, I did the same thing. I went from an iPhone 3G to the streak back in August, but I bought it off contract. When I called AT&T to have my IMEI numbers and what not updated they tried to get me to remove my unlimited plan because they didn’t know the streak was a smartphone. I told them then and there that if they removed my unlimited data plan that id see them in court! >.< How long have you been an AT&T customer? If it’s been a long time I’d try to leverage that especially since it sounds like they changed it without your authorization. Anywho, back to your original question, I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes in terms of data consumption but I’ll def look into it. As far as the battery goes, I listened to it on the train home yesterday while playing angry birds, ~25 minute ride, and from a full charge I was only down to 92%. I’ll do some further tests to check on both of these though! :-)

  • Can’t uninstall it because its not there. I tried installing from the webmarket and i would rather not add in the “noapps” option. I provided a logcat in the first link. Did you look at it?

  • Okay so downloaded a traffic monitor and ran a test for 10 minutes. Battery was at 100% and on wifi (crappy data connection in my office building). After 10 minutes I had used 12MB (up and down combined)and battery is still at 100%.

  • Sorry but I don’t understand how logcat’s work, thats a lot of code thats waaay over my head. Whenever ive had issues with market apps not installing though reflashing the .ZIP package helps

  • Very nice to read a post by a guest writer! From Chicago none the less!

    I am loving Google Music Beta. Seamless integration from my Android phone, Android tablet as well as my work computer, personal computer and laptop!

    Would of been nice if you discussed more features like the ability to save songs for offline use, how gorgeous the web interface is (showing some screenshots perhaps) and also how easy it is to make playlists within the app and browser.

    The largest flaw in Google Music, but not really a bug or problem, is the fact that you cannot purchase music and have it instantly in the cloud. Amazon is great with that, and even lets you browse music in the player.

  • Is this available in the uk?

  • Avatar of JrDemaskus

    Sorry, I just dont see the point of all this. I required my device to have a removeable memory card I can load with all my stuff. My home PC has a library of stuff too. Why do I need or want to upload my stuff to the cloud to stream back to me. Sounds like a waste of time, effort, and energy.I have backups too. Also, troubleshoot in the forums, not on the front page of the site. Please, thank you.

  • Curious Dzerveviktory, why would you call AT&T for a new off contract phone? I’ve never called AT&T when I buy a new unlocked phone. They don’t know what I’m using, nor do they need to.

  • It was some wierd thing with my voicemail not workong cuz of mismatching numbers or something I havent an had an issue on the second & third streaks

  • Thanks foe the update can you tell me in which parts of the world Google music is supported

  • It is mostly to free up your SD card and storage space. Most of us have over 8GB of music. If this is the case, then you are taking up half of your storage with just your music library. By offloading it, you still have access to your entire collection, but you aren’t using your precious internal storage to do so.

    When you can get 250GB SD cards it might not be so much of an issue.

    However, I can see this being a major usage of data, much like streaming Pandora is. As someone on a limited data plan, I can’t imagine using this service.

    Also, I would like to see it suggest new songs that you don’t currently own (like Pandora) and allow you to direct to purchase them should you desire (like iTunes). I’m assuming this will come in time.


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