Living with Google: Google Music
In short, Google Music is one app I have found I simply can’t live without. Google Music is free for your own uploaded music (up to 20,000 songs) but to really utilize the service you want to sign up for All Access.
All Access allows you to listen to everything available on Google Music – millions of songs. Google has a vast library of music you can listen to on Android devices, iOS, and through the web page Music.Google.com. Initially there is not much going on in your library; it’s when you start to explore Google Music All Access that the app starts to become an everyday music experience.
Google Music allows you to create playlist and radio stations of what you want to listen to. Just about any type of music is available at all times as long as you have a good connection. If you know you are going to be in an area with no connection you have the option of pinning your music on your device. Users can pin anything from single songs to entire albums and playlists.
Need a bit of inspiration? Google also has a recommend listening feature that comes in handy if you don’t know what to listen to. Suffice it to say, there’s a smart algorithm at work here and it’s able to recommend new releases, suggest music you’ll enjoy, or just play a random selection of stuff that you’re likely to love.
To get Google Music you have to download the app on the device your using as well as any computer you use. Most new Android phones come native with the music app. The application on the computer will ask to search for music to add to you library automatically. When you have downloaded the app there will be an option to turn on All Access for a monthly fee which is well worth it. You can’t keep the music and share it for obvious reasons but you can store it on device so if you have no service or internet connection you can still listen to it uninterrupted.
There are options available like listen now which takes you to music that’s on device or music that you regularly listen to. My library which is whats only on device sorted by genres, artist, albums, and songs. Playlist which are your playlist you have created. Radio which is a list or radio stations you have created and Explore which gives you a top songs list and suggested songs and artist bases on what you listen to. There is only one strong suggestion for this app if you can organize your library on a computer do it, the app has fewer capabilities than the web application.
LIVING WITH GOOGLE is an ongoing series of articles dedicated to highlighting the many ways in which Google can help better our lives. With innumerable apps and services to choose from, our aim is to educate readers on the ways in which we use them.
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