Google has launched the new Music 3.0 app for Android 2.2 and up. It’s available as a free download from the Android Market and adds support for the new Music Beta by Google service. If you haven’t received an invite to Music Beta yet, you can still use the app — it simply replaces the default music player on your Android phone with a new player that’s prettier and offers better navigation.

There are no settings to speak of, but the app makes it easy to view your songs by artist, album, or genre. You can also manage playlists, or add any song to a playlist by tapping the arrow next to the song or tapping and holding on a song title.

When you tilt your phone into landscape mode you also get a few new views, including a Recent view which lets you flip through recently played albums in a 3D carousel.

The new music app will also be able to seamlessly access songs uploaded to your Music Beta account if and when you have one. But if you’ve got about 7MB of spare space on your phone, it’s worth checking out the update right now even without the cloud features. You can always uninstall the app to get the disk space back if you decide you don’t need it.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...