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Review: LG Nitro HD for AT&T

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Google Music is the default media player on the Nitro HD. It's the newer player that's tied into the Google Music service. It lets users store and access their own songs from the cloud, as well as sample, download, and listen to new music by track or by album. It's a much improved music experience compared to the old Android music app. Google Music can be used to stream your content over the network, and you can also sync playlists to the phone's storage for listening when offline.

The actual Google Music store itself is OK, but doesn't compare to the offerings of the iTunes or Amazon MP3 music stores. Apple and Amazon have far more titles available for download. Discovery could also be better in Google's Music service.

There's an app for the MOG Music service, too. This is a service that lets you download an unlimited number of real tracks for $9.99 per month. It also offers streamed radio stations. It can be accessed from the Nitro, as well as from computers and other machines.



The Nitro HD has the stock Android video player, which handles both recorded and side-loaded content. It also has the stock YouTube application, which continues to be really good. You can also rent movies from the Android Market. Rental prices are in-line with those of other services.

As far as sharing media is concerned, the Nitro HD ships with software called "SmartShare." This uses the DLNA protocol to push music, pictures, and videos to other DLNA devices, such as HDTVs.


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