Whoa-hoa-hoa. Google quietly released its HTML 5-optimized Google Music web app a few moments ago on Twitter. And—surprise, surprise—it’s a thing of beauty, dare I say a bit Android-feeling.
It has a rich, responsive UI that allows users to access their Google Music accounts from iDevices and it’s surprisingly fast and easy to navigate—even scrubbing through individual songs is butter-smooth via 3G on an iPhone.
It has your basic necessities for a music player, allowing you to sort by artist or album with some rudimentary search functionality as well. To try it out for yourself, head over to music.google.com. Upon accessing the web app, you’ll be prompted to allow storage for 25MB of music in your device’s cache. One downside, though: It appeared to drain my battery pretty fast (or I could just be seeing things).
But if this web version is any indication, I can’t wait to see what the native apps are going to look like. Here are a few more screen shots: