Without even being announced yet, Google Music sync is now working for some custom Android 2.3.3 ROMs, allowing the user to stream their entire music library from their desktop computer to their phone. The hack basically allows Android users to take advantage of the Google Music service that all but does away with a need for a microSD card slot on your smartphone or tablet.
Google demoed the feature last May at the I/O conference, but we have yet to see it launch officially. However, we saw the Sync Music option pop up in some handsets after downloading the music player that leaked some time ago. It looks like if you’re running one of the recent CyanogenMod 7 nightly ROMs, which has been bumped to Android 2.3.3, you may have some luck getting the syncing service up and running.
When you download the leaked music player, another application, called Jumper Test, will appear in your application tray, and that’s where all the magic happens. By selecting an account, and accepting the permission requests, you could be surfing your desktop music library from Google’s servers. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this, but Google offering this service could be mighty attractive to users with large music library that just can’t fit in their handsets’ onboard storage.
With the next Google I/O only two months away, we have a feeling we may see the feature either go live before hand, or launch at the conference itself. While many are saying all you need is a rooted phone, I’ve yet to get the service to work, and I’m running Android 2.3.2. So whether or not you actually do need Android 2.3.3 is anyone’s guess, but I’m going to assume you do to get this up and running.
Either way, we’re excited to see this service go live, and hopefully it will launch sooner rather than later. Google music sync is potentially the biggest threat that iTunes will ever see, and we’ve been expecting a similar service from Apple for a while now. While I don’t believe Google will be dethroning iTunes any time soon, if ever, Apple should take the search giant very seriously.