GOOGLE JOINS THE PARTY WITH NEW STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE

GOOGLE JOINS THE PARTY WITH NEW STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE

Joe GransingerThursday,16 May 2013

The Snap:

At its annual I/O event, Google announced that its long-rumored music streaming service – the horribly named Google Play Music All Access — is now available. Users are offered a free 30-day trial to begin, but the service costs $9.99 per month after that. Using the same music licenses that Spotify and Rdio already offer, Google is trying to join an extremely crowded market. You can try the new service for free with the special early-bird price of $7.99 per month after the trial if you sign up by June 30th.

The Download:

If this post sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Last month I wrote about Twitter releasing their version of an unlimited music streaming app, and it didn’t exactly keep up with the industry standards. Unfortunately, Google followed the same route. While they claims to have found the magic formula for being “the best music discovery app” available, it’s really not that impressive. It uses the music you upload or have interest in, and compiles a playlist for you based on those interests. Sound familiar? Good. Because nearly every other service does that, too.

Right from the beginning, it’s a pain in the ass to join because you have to agree to their recurring monthly subscription just to try it. Which means that if you forget to cancel it after your free 30-day trial, you’re credit card is getting charged. Does that sound familiar? No? Good, because nobody does that shit anymore. Shame on you, Google.

The service itself is…. decent. You begin by uploading your library, which will allow Google to see what kind of music you like, create playlists for you, allow you to stream 20,000 songs from your personal collection to all sorts of devices, etc. However, if you have an extremely diverse taste in music like me, it’s going to recommend some weird things (such as creating an entire Taylor Swift station because I may or may not have a few of her songs secretly tucked away in a playlist labeled “Heavy Metal” on iTunes). All in all, it does what it’s supposed to do – and a little better than I had hoped, I suppose.

The layout and design of the service looks a lot more like Twitter’s offering than Spotify or Pandora, which I really don’t like. It features a lot of big colorful tiles with artist, track, or album names — designed to work well with Android tablets and phones — and is annoying to use on an actual computer. It doesn’t look bad, and I do prefer its design to the shitty Twitter service, but it’s still a little hard to navigate around and takes a long time to scroll and find certain artists/songs.

The service as a whole is pretty disappointing, especially from Google. It seems everybody has their crosshairs set on Spotify, and they continue to fall short. If you want a program where you can just hit play and listen to random music of a certain genre, this will do the job just fine. But so will a handful of other, better options.

In Google’s defense, I’m writing this the same day they opened the program to the public, and things are moving pretty slowly right now – which is expected. If you’re anxious to sign up for the recurring monthly service charge of $7.99 just to try yet another generic music service for one month, this might be what you’re looking for. But unless you’re just dying to get your hands on a service that streams your personal library from the cloud, just stick with Spotify.


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