Google has been around for as long as anyone can remember. I honestly can’t go back to a time in my memory when there was no Google (I probably was not born at that time, but hey, does not matter at this point). Google has literally revolutionized the way we do things, communicate and even to how we entertain ourselves.
It has come up with many products, from the Android operating system that is being used by billions of people around the world to self-driving cars, to balloons which transmit internet (really cool by the way) and even to amazing Android apps that can be found on Google Play Store. There are many fantastic ones and no doubt Google Play Music is no exception.
Personally, I am a fan of the app. It is simple to use and simply fantastic. Makes my music experience all the better. I know it sounds like I am marketing the app, but I suppose I should, it simply is fantastic.
So, I am a music lover and I am very eclectic, so when deciding what my go to media app for music was going to be, I was torn between the stock app that comes with my Android phone and Google Play Music. After a few days of trying out both I picked the latter and here is why.
First of all, it works great with music that is already available on your device, this is alongside music that you can stream online. Additionally, it allows the storage of 20,000 songs to a virtual cloud. I do not think you will listen to all of those songs in one whole year. This music stays on the cloud and does not ‘magically’ disappear when you do not sync for a very long time as is the case with other media streaming services. This is brilliant. This basically means you can listen to your music rest assured that at the very least you can back it up on a cloud and still have access to it years to come maybe? But it is possibly better just to get an actual sound system and actual physical albums if that’s the intention, just for safety.
The catch of course to access to all these songs is a monthly subscription of $10 thereabouts. This will grant you access to privileges such as downloading tracks, streaming and sharing them. Although the last bit is limited to sharing on Google + and posting a YouTube version of the track.
This service can be used across 10 devices associated with one account, but sadly, playback can only be on one device at one instance. Still a good deal.
It has a clear, lean visual design which makes it easier to navigate around the application interface. Finding music is not a problem, as it will always show you the most recent additions and also provide a search option for any track you seek. On top of that albums, tracks and artists are arranged in thumbnail views with album art, “track-art” and artist’s portraits clearly displayed. When listening to a track, it always displays a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs-down’ icons at the bottom. Clicking on the thumbs up gets that track on to the ‘thumbs up’ playlist, while picking the other simply skips that track and plays the next.
The sound quality is excellent. It always plays at 320kbps. This may not be the creme-de-la-creme for audiophiles but it is really decent for a mobile application when compared to a sound system specifically designed for that purpose.
If I was to make a verdict, I would definitely say go for Google Play Music. I mean after all, you get all these and more and also, if you are a music lover like I am, then you will know what I am talking about when you get started with it.