Google ain’t taking the news of Amazon’s recently launched Cloud Music player sitting down.
Today, a new version of Android’s Music app, analogous to that of the player found in Honeycomb, was accidentally leaked to developers. It includes a new rating system and options for what is purportedly Google’s cloud music service. However, and despite the app being available for download, no one has had any luck with pushing or playing music from the cloud. This is not surprising since Google probably hasn’t allowed the service to be accessible to those who aren’t employed or cleared by Google’s project managers. Perhaps a trip to Mountainview and logging into Google’s network will resolve that. Any takers?
So should Amazon be nervous? Hells yes. The app will ship with all Android phones, and if we’ve learned anything from Microsoft’s past it will surely lead to some sort of law suit with citations to the good old monopoly clause often invoked by those that feel as though their capitalistic opportunities are being infringed upon. But on the the other hand, Amazon has been at this for a long time and presumably amassed a vast array of knowledge that should give them a leg up in terms of infrastructure. Plus it doesn’t hurt that they’re the world’s largest online retailer.