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Google Play Music: Music and more music the way you want it

Functions & Usage

After ten days of thoroughly testing the service, I can say without fear: Google Play Music is one of the best streaming music services on the market and is not due to rivals like Spotify and Deezer. And all for a very honest price for those who want to have music 24 hours a day. Check out the values ​​in the "Price / Performance Ratio" section.

Setting up your music list is easy. Just type in the name of the artist, album or song name and every work of the person sought appears on the screen, including other similarly styled musicians. When you find what you are looking for, click on the three dots on the right and choose from the various actions, including "Add playlist". You clicked there, a screen appears asking which of your playlists you want to upload. Choose, click and you're done!

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  Making playlists pretty easy / ANDROIDPIT
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<p>Once in your playlist – which goes by the name "Music Collection", you can also perform a series of actions by simply pressing the same three dots on the right side of the screen. Play tracks randomly, sequentially, transfer to other playlists, edit, share via social networks or messengers. Anyway, the ass is the limit. </p><div class='code-block code-block-3' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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<h3>The suggestion system  </h3>
<p>The Google Play Music suggestion system is one of the coolest things about the service. He is present in almost every feature of the platform and his level of accuracy when suggesting artists related to their very cool choices. </p>
<p>Within these suggestions, you can find interesting features such as an online radio system with expertly selected music designed to soundtrack during different parts of the day. That is, for every moment of the week, you can hear a selection of songs in situations such as "Having Fun In Traffic", "End of Hours", "Working Out", "Relaxing" and so on. </p><div class='code-block code-block-4' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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  Google Play Musica sets up radio stations based on the moment of your day / ANDROIDPIT
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<p>The online radio system also creates specific stations based on your taste in music. For example, I'm a fan of bands like Aerosmith, Led Zepellin and Beatles, as well as singers like Frank Sinatra and Etta James. With this, during my tests, Play Music suggested radios to me playing Bob Dylan, Van Halen, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, among others. This appeared to me both on the main page and in the "Music Collection" option under the "Seasons" tab. </p>
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And by clicking on the main menu, you can also view the most searched and played songs on the service, in addition to the releases. But in both cases, it is worth remembering that they do not necessarily match your musical taste.

Downloads

Like Spotify, Google Play Music allows a subscriber to download music from the collection to listen to it offline, that is, when there is no internet nearby or a Wi-Fi network. To do this, just go to your playlist or the album you choose and click the little gray arrow on the main header. That done, the song download process started.

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<p>In this regard, a very nice differential from Google Play Music is that it gives the user the choice of where he wants to store the downloaded music. This allows you to choose between saving them to your smartphone's internal memory or microSD card. This breaks quite a bit when managing the space available on the phone, as you also have apps, photos and other items inside the device. </p>
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The only caveat in the issue of Downloads is that it is not possible to save a single track from a searched album. You need to upload the song to your playlist and download the song there. Spotify is more practical in this regard, saving you clicks in the process.

Import your private song library to Google Play Music for free

Even though streaming has come with everything in the music business, chances are you still have your iPod or PC HD full of songs and it's hard to let go. And one of the big balconies of Google Play music rightly solve this problem. This is because it gives the user a place to store for free the music collection he already owns.

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  Import your private collection of songs to Google Play Music / Google
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<p>That way, the user can import 50,000 songs into the streaming service in question, to listen to them via streaming or download on the smartphone, tablet or other computer where the files are not stored. Always remembering: "di grtis".</p>
<p>To import the files, follow the steps below:</p>
<p><strong>1- Sign in to Google Play Music</strong>: Go to your computer and go to this link. Sign in with your Google account if necessary. You will be directed to the homepage. Click Agree and Next. </p><div class='code-block code-block-7' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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2 – To access your free storage: click on "Use Standard" (Standard);

3 – Add your music collection: The setup process will ask you to register a credit card number to verify your country of residence, but you will not be charged for using the storage service. After this step, you will need to install the Google Play Music app for Chrome, which provides continuous upload of music files. You can choose to upload your entire iTunes library and other services or select HD music folders.

4 – Access your music anywhere: You can listen to your music via stream or download on your Android, iPhone or tablet as well as download it. All of them will also be available on the web when you are on your computer. And when you use a new computer or phone, your music will go along too.

Collection

Google says Play Music has 35 million songs in its collection. That's five million more than Spotify and Apple Music, for example. But five million less than Deezer and Groove Music.

But, in fact, it is an absurd amount of songs – whatever the streaming service – that will suit all tastes. Almost every artist and album I searched for was found. That is, if you want, you will have indict music up to the eighth generation of your family.

Screen & Controls

The Google Play Music layout is an adapted version of the Play Store. That said, it may seem that the adaptation will be almost instant for those who use the Google app store often. But, ironically, a little weird. That's because whenever we use the search box to search for a song, the impression that will pop an app in your face at any time.

kinda uncomfortable, but of course that's my impression. And, let's be fair: nothing that compromises the experience of use.

No more, when you get used to it, all the information you need appears quickly and simply on the screen: search box, recent activity, suggestions, online radio, etc. By swiping from left to right on the screen or pressing the "Burger" option – those three bars on the upper left side of the display – you will have access to its user menu where you can see your list of songs, settings, releases, songs most played, etc.

Speed ​​& Stability

Overall, Google Play Music fast. The transition of music happens smoothly and can be done in many ways, either in the player or simply by sliding your finger across the screen from right to left and vice versa.

That said, I must say that I noticed some minor gagging of the app when it switches from one track to another. Nothing that compromises the experience of use, but it is there.

Also, sometimes the music just stops playing and you have to press Play again. At first I thought it was because of a problem with the internet or the device, but it happened even in a Wi-Fi environment with a stable connection and a robust device like the LG G5 SE. Once again: nothing that compromises the use of the service, because it happened a few times and was very easy to solve.

Price / Performance Ratio

Google Play Music charges a monthly fee $ 14.90, and the first month free, to evaluate the platform. Users who bought newly launched Samsung smartphones or tablets can try the service for free for three months and then pay the same amount as regular customers.

The service also offers Family Plan mode, which allows the holder to share the account with five other people. The price is $ 22.90, and the group will have access to the same features of individual subscriptions. And music suggestions are also made individually.

One downside of the service is that it does not offer a free version, such as Spotify, where the user can listen to the music, but is subject to advertisements between one song and another. He has only a 30 day trial period to know the platform.

Final Verdict

Overall, Google Play Music is a great music streaming service and has nothing to do with competitors like Spotify and Deezer. It has a great collection, a beautiful music suggestion system, spread over several interface options, cool online radios and the possibility to download songs to listen to them offline. Plus, saving them on a microSD card, something Spotify doesn't offer, for example.

Of course the service has some minor defects. Navigation is a little confusing in the face of so many options and you need some time to get used to it. In addition, the visual appeal of the Play Store also causes some strangeness. And he also suffered from minor crashes. But, as we said before, nothing that compromises your experience of use. They are minor problems.

Finally, in general terms, Google Play Music offers a great experience for music fans, both for being able to hear their favorite songs and for discovering new artists through their great suggestion system. And at a fairly fair price for all it offers.

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