Following the official launch of Google Music earlier this week, Google has announced that a new Google Music app is now available for Google TV, allowing you to stream all the tracks you have stored in the cloud directly to your TV set.
The new application is available to download now from the Android Market, and once you login you’ll get instant access to your entire music library. The application has a number of awesome features, such as the ability to play music in the background while you use other applications on your Google TV, as Google explains in its blog post:
Google Music for Google TV plays in the background while you enjoy other apps on your Google TV. You can add a custom soundtrack to slideshows from the Photos app, you can enjoy your favorite tunes while surfing the web, or you can just add some mood music while you peruse the latest news headlines, all from the comfort of your couch.
Because the application streams your music directly from “the cloud,” you don’t need a computer, tablet, or smartphone to act as a middleman. That gives Google TV a huge advantage over rivals like the Apple TV, which requires you to stream your music from another device, such as the iPhone, iPad, or iTunes on your computer, via AirPlay.
Google also used its announcement to reassure Google TV owners that it will continue to develop both the Google Music app, and Google TV:
We’ll continue to improve your Google TV by bringing more entertainment all the time, so be on the lookout for future updates to the Google Music app along with other great apps coming to Google TV.
If you don’t already have a Google Music account, you can sign up for one at music.google.com.
Have you tried the new Google Music app for Google TV?
[via Android Central]