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Google Music


Released May, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:FLAC support. Free to use - store and stream up to 20,000 songs for free. Offline caching for listening on-the-go without an Internet connection - stores your last few songs, as well as any you manually select.

The Cons:Currently no support for OGG. Currently US and invite only. Currently no way to specify exactly what you want uploaded, upload manually.

Google Music is an online cloud music streaming service. It was invitation only but on November 16th 2011 it was made open to the public, and is currently only available to US users. Google provides a 20,000 song capacity for all beta testers; this differs from its competition such as amazon cloudplayer which provides a capacity limit based on file size (5GB for free).

Product Shot 2 Users can upload their own music to this online service via a software provided by Google. The content can be played back either from your web browser or from an Android device running version 2.2 or later. On an Android device, the content can either be streamed or cached (saved) on the tablet/phone; this enables off-line listening for users. The Music service supports a few major file formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, and FLAC. Which isn't a wide selection by any means, but this service is still in its development stage and many changes are likely to occur before it is made available worldwide. 

Features

  • 20,000 Songs capacity
  • US only
  • Cloud streaming to web browser & Android 2.2+ device
  • Can cache songs to local storage 
  • Users upload their own content 
  • Supports: MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC (converted to 320kbps MP3)
  • Content can be streamed from up to 8 devices
  • Music Manager software syncs your media library with Music service

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Pros
  • 2

    FLAC support

  • 2

    free to use - store and stream up to 20,000 songs for free

  • 2

    offline caching for listening on-the-go without an Internet connection - stores your last few songs, as well as any you manually select

  • 2

    will generate more and better competition from the likes of Amazon and Apple

  • 1

    in Beta - is only going to get better

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    simple, easy to use web interface

  • 1

    good sound quality for a streaming service

  • 1

    Android app (Android 2.2+) allows streaming and caching to your mobile device, a familiar UI with tweaks for the smaller display

Cons
  • 2

    currently no support for OGG

  • 2

    currently US and invite only

  • 2

    currently no way to specify exactly what you want uploaded, upload manually

  • 2

    currently no mobile applications for other platforms (iOS, BlackBerry, WebOS, etc...)

  • 1

    currently no integrated music store or better integrated player platform

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