Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Google Now sells Music!

Ok, been wanting to get back to writing for a while but I just haven't really had anything interesting to talk about.  There are a couple of things that I will want to talk about later but right now I can't really talk about them much.  One is a new camera I bought, a Canon Elph 310, once I use it for a bit longer I'll be able to tell you guys more about it, but so far I'm pretty happy with it.  The other thing is the Super Mario 3D Land game for the 3DS, bought that last week and I've been having a lot of fun with it, but I need to play more before I know if it's a game I'd recommend or not. . . . .ok ok I already know I'll recommend it but darn it I need a reason to play more :)

Google Music

Anyway, today Google announced their Google Music app is available to everyone and they now have a music store.  There are quite a few labels already in the store so finding the music you like shouldn't be too much of a problem.  The big question is, are they too late?

We all know that this is Apple's land.  There are many music stores out there but for a lot of people i-Tunes IS the place to go for music.  On top of that, you already have Amazon who has been in the market for a bit as well and then you have companies like Spotify also competing.  So, why would Google even want to get into this market?  Well, why does Google do anything they do?  They tend to just try things.  They seem to believe that if you never try then you'll never know if you could have done it or not.

Honestly I don't see Google now becoming the place to go for music, I see music services like Spotify becoming more popular than music stores.  But fact of the matter is that a lot of people out there hate Apple, and if they can go buy their music elsewhere they will.  I may not see Google taking over this market, but I can certainly see them becoming a big player.

Prices of songs vary anywhere from 99 cents to 1.50ish.  Just like on Amazon when you buy a song it automatically goes to your cloud drive where you can then listen to it on any of your devices.

Cloud Music

Remember, Google Music started out as a cloud music service where you needed to upload all your music files to them and then you'd be able to stream them to your phone or pick some to download to your phone.  They were allowing you to upload thousands of your songs to the cloud for free as a beta tester.  Well now that it's off beta, the service is still free!

The other good news is that just like Spotify and iTunes Match, if you have a song that Google already owns, it will not need to be uploaded, it will simply let you stream the one they already have, which should be a nice high quality 320kbps song.  That should save a lot of time!

Google Plus Integration

A lot of times we have a Song that we want to share with friends.  Most of us tend to go to youtube and find some video with the song and post that on our social networking sites.  With Google Music you will be able to share your music in Google +.  Your friends will be allowed to listen to the song only once however.  So I'm not really sure how this will work out.  Yea it's nice that you'll be able to easily share your song, but the whole friends only listening to it once thing kind of sucks.  And yes I understand that the music labels wouldn't want to have people sharing music like crazy and have Google + become some sort of Kazaa or Napster, but again that's what people do with videos in Youtube and that seems to be ok.

Google Music is probably not the best music service out there, but it's 100% free, so if anything I'd at least try it :)