All-around awesome guy Andrew Neal has released the result of his project in recent months: a new music app that will be coming soon to CyanogenMod 9. The good news is that you can download it now, before it's merged, and install it on your device. The (pretty major) bad news: it's only available for phones running Ice Cream Sandwich. So unless you've got a Galaxy Nexus, ICS-running Nexus S, or any phone rocking CM9, you're pretty much S.O.L. on this beauty.

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What's so great about the new music app? In a nutshell: custom themes (and even the default theme is much more of a head-turner than the stock Android music app), gesture/motion controls, custom notifications, custom lockscreens, and more widgets.

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Streaming from Google Music isn't included in the app (though that shouldn't be surprise - Google hasn't released an API for the service, which is why no other app can do so either), and according to Andrew, "probably never will [be]." Nevertheless, for those who store and play music on their phone and are running ICS, this is definitely one to try out.

Hit up the source link (Andrew's blog) below for more details and eye candy, or to download the APK, a theme, or the theme template. According to Andrew, it will be hitting CM9 builds and the Market in the coming weeks.

[Source: Seeing Pixels, via +Andrew Neal]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Michael

    sadly i will not ever use this just for the fact that i can't use google music. I really wish google would release the api

    • zookee

      First of all this is an Android music player, has nothing to do with Google Music.. this plays music on your Droid device. Second, everybody can use Google Music if they are a bit crafty and use couple of tricks. Works like a charm.

  • Ben

    Wow that is one impressive looking app...too bad all my music is in the cloud :(

  • Rockstar323

    I'm sure once it drops r2 will start supporting it with gmusic Sniper.

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      Even with gMusic Sniper, it seems you still need Google Music.

      From the linked article:

      Brady: "Does this still stream the music from Google or does it simply download and cache music to the SD card? "

      ph0oky: "neither. it allows previously cached music to be seen on other media players "

      Brady: "So that means you still need to use the Google Music player to listen to / cache the music before you can use it in another program? "

      James Baxter (Dev): "Yes that's correct."

  • ka_ko

    will... no Google Music support is a deal breaker.

    • Mgamerz

      Probably never will. I dont remember them ever saying there would be an api. If there was, googles music partners would be gone quick. Unless there was some sort of heavy restrictions, like certified apps.

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

        I agree. It's probably beyond Google's control.

  • Nobobdy

    Lots of bugs, the UI is not nearly as good as Google Music. The tabs are weird, swiping horizontally is wrong and if you click an album and then horizontal swipe it inexplicably drops you back on the main list screens????

    • Mgamerz

      Google Music's UI is... less than good imo. HAlf of the time I get to the player activity but nothing shows. It won't play music for some reason. No swipe to change songs. It's TERRIBLE for a car dock. It should also have a timeout period for songs where it skips... Cause I have AT&T and we all know they are reliable as fox news

  • tekrhino

    Yeah, deal breaker with no cloud service..
    Looks sweet though..

  • Sam

    Not finished yet but it's on it's way.

    Loving the easter egg!


  • Tyler Walles

    hate to say it, but this will be among the first apps removed when cm9 drops... i only use the google music app

  • eTiMaGo

    Google Music not available over here so not a dealbreaker for me... Though I never really intended to use the Nexus for music, I shall give this a go :)

    • Taskman

      Even if Google music is not released in your country it doesn't mean you can't use it. Several easy ways around it so it works on phones/tablets for every country.
      Looks nice but no Google Music so not much for me.

  • http://androidgeeky.weebly.com David g.

    IF one have an Android, it's mandatory to use the awesome Google Music cloud concept. So this new app must have gmusic support.

  • dick smith

    Tried it out. Main thing i was looking for was eye candy and smooth UI. On the former, it was meh, the lockscreen controls aren't full screen and on the latter Google's native app is still smoother.

    Has potential though and hopefully by the time it hits CM9 it'll be buttery smooth.

  • http://www.twitter.com/APLandry APLandry

    "...no other app can do so either..."

    Despite being on another platform, explain the unofficial, but working Google Music apps on iOS.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

      If one tries, there's always way around it, but without an API, Google can change how its service works overnight and all the apps using the unsupported access method will be broken. Given that CM's stand on releasing SDK-based ROM (they wouldn't make one), I am not surprised that they don't support Google Music.

  • Neferaton

    No google music support - no CM9 music app for me.

  • dankbud42o

    no go if it doesnt have gmusic, thats all i use these days along with pandora. y take up space with music if you dont need to?

  • SirWally

    I would use is it if supported remote streaming from a foobar server. I can stream directly to my receiver from a remote foobar server, which is pretty handy when friends come over and want to listen to their music. I presume that Google music has gotten better, but I haven't been bothered to spend the time and mass consumption of bandwidth to re-upload my music to Google music after it did such a great job of messing up all of the tags the first time, rendering the library all but useless. Because I have to watch my bandwidth it would literally take me 2-3 months to upload my music again, unless I don't want to use my cable modem for anything else for an entire month.

  • Ron Paul

    No Ice Cream Sandwich for you fat boy!

  • Jay W.

    That 4x2 widget is sweet.

  • determinato

    No Google Music = No Worth. (Yes, I know that Google needs to expose an API. I'm coming from the angle that the stock Google Music app on ICS really is that damned good.)

  • Hal Motley

    I don't actually use Google Music at all, instead I sync from iTunes (used to own an iPhone) with iSyncr. So no worries there!

    If however this app can remove ugliness and in-turn add great functunality to my CyanogenModded Galaxy S II, I think I could really like this app. I certainly like the concept of theming! :-)

  • iceman23

    does it have an equalizer?

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      That's what I'd like to know. Other that the social components and themes (of which I could not care less about), very few details on functionality are given. How does this stack up against other music players, like PowerAmp? From the sounds of it, it might not be worth keeping after I upgrade to CM9.

  • McKenney25

    I personally hate the stock Google Music app. It drives me crazy how if songs by DIFFERENT artists happen to have the same album name (say, "Unknown", etc), they are displayed together when you click that album name under the artist. It also seems odd how the app doesn't automatically play the next song by the artist. The currently selected song finishes and I have to manually select the next song. Idiotic.

  • Mgamerz

    Why does everything think other apps will be able to use google music's cloud service? Where are you people getting this idea?

  • jusatin

    Can't even install it, parse error when tried to open the .apk

  • http://www.instdesign.com MACC

    Couldn't install it either. Is it because it's designed for ICS? Or maybe because it only runs on 700mhz+ processors? Or simply because it's restricted to particular phone models?

  • FrustratedUser7000

    Why wont it install on my Nexus S? It's rooted and running CyanogenMod 9 but every time i try to install it I get "Application not installed: An existing package by the same name with a conflicting signature is already installed."