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!
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.
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.
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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