Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ALL Your Music From the Cloud With Google Music Streams

Image representing Google as depicted in Crunc...Google Music, the streaming music answer to Amazon, MOG and Rdio, is here.

You can access music in the cloud and stream to devices. But unlike MOG and Rdio, you can only play what you upload.

How do you use it? You use Google's Music Manager on your desktop to add your songs to the service. It adds play counts and ratings as well. It's a "full featured music manager", so you can search and do all the other things you could in iTunes and Windows Media Player.

Here's a look at some of its features:

Library Upload: With the Music Manager app, you can upload your iTunes or Windows Media Player libraries with one click. You can also upload by file or folder.

Offline Listening: It's a pretty standard feature, but Google's gives this feature a neat twist by automatically caching songs you've recently listened to. I'd also love to see them do this for most listened songs. And of course, you can also cache specific songs you select. Necessary, since you can't re-download music from the service.

Seamlessness: Any change you make to your Google Music library on one device is automatically pushed to other devices.

Playlists: Once you upload your tracks to the Google Music cloud, you can play around with it just like it was in a music app. That means playlists which automatically sync across all your connected devices. They also have a smart playlist feature called instant mix, which will automatically build a list for you based on one song. It's like iTunes' genius or Pandora's recommendation bot. Google says that they have servers actually listening to the songs to make their playlist selection.

 The service can store up to 20,000 songs per user on up to eight authorized devices and took five minutes or so for the first 150 songs to upload.

But you don't always have an internet connection, or a good enough one to stream music. So you can either select certain music to cache on your device, and the service automatically caches your recently listened-to music as well.


You can request an invitation to Music Beta here.

37 commentaires:

Triper said...

Very nice info, thanks for share.

munchies? said...

wow thats really what i've been waiting for, now I can just throw up some good music and listen to it at friends place

fit4life said...

very cool, is it similar to pandora?

sp3nny said...

interesting, i'll ehck it out

Paulie Pecans said...

I should try this.

Algorithmic said...

I've actually wanted a service like this for a long time. I'm glad Googles picked it up because that gives it pretty much a 0% chance of being a failure.

George said...

Nice bloggy ;] Following yuo.

kxxthanxx said...

more awesomness

Daily Puck said...

Yeah is it like Pandora? Or do you have to pay for songs?

Nerd_Lolson said...

nice! thanks for the infos..going to try this!
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Skeng said...

I'm not sure I would like this. If I can only stream what I upload why wouldn't I just upload it straight to my iPhone.

I'm sure there is a decent application for it but I can't think of one right now lol

baka1236 said...

thanks for sharing with us m8

Kingmush said...

Really glad Google got into this, hope with Google and Amazon they can take some of Apple's pretentious steam.

Hyperion said...

About time! I hope it goes as everything google touches :P

WanderingWriter said...

That's not a bad idea. The problem I have w/ a lot of internet radio sites is they play a lot of stuff I don't like, even if it's similar to other artists I play. I'm not really a genre guy, so this would work better for me.

Dave Benzene said...

This service doesnt make sense, if I only can listen to what I have already I can just put that on my Mp3 player

Alpha said...

Great, I could use an alternative to iTunes.

MassiveUps said...

This should be good, I wonder if they can compete with Apple. I hope so.

pokemonalldayerrday said...

google is kinda taking over the internet, isn't it...

Ronald said...

Im gonna try this

Fwission said...

Google seems really generous...

Xenototh said...

It's like every day I am hearing something new about the cloud.

drombo said...

Will it be connected with Youtube?

WOODLOUSE said...

Interesting, not sure I would use it but good to know about.

Daniel said...

Too bad that is for US residents only. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long to get it here.

Crazyeight said...

Love the USA

Blogging Skater said...

google is slowly making something for everything

Cartoon Universe said...

I'm looking foward to trying this out!

Pan-man said...

Nice info, but google music dont work in my country D;

logo mess said...

Fine i think, no i will try to get such an key :)

SNS said...

Nice piece, i'll check it out asap : )

timbz said...

very interesting

BigSkull said...

Thanks for the info !

Ivan Montiel said...

Damn cloud computing. These companies are always one step ahead of my development of the same programs.

Chloroform said...

Is there a limit to how many songs you can upload?

Chase said...

^ chloroform i think the post said 20000, so plenty.
i love the idea of this, but i think i may need to get myself an android device to use it. hmmm.....

Dola said...

google is evil but i lurve it =x

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