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You can't stream simultaneously on multiple devices, the previous device will get paused.
'Your Google Play Music account allows you to listen to music on up to ten devices through your account. Music from your Google Play account cannot be played simultaneously on more than one device at a time.'
One thing I have noticed with Play Music Android program (sorry, it takes a bit of explaining):
I have a load of MP3s saved to my SD card and have methodically added high-res album art to these files. I haven't bothered to add album art to my main music collection because my previous program of choice had a tiny album art picture and a purely text-based library manager. Music on my phone, however, is a more visually navigated experience so I wanted the art on show.
Anyway, when I uploaded everything to Play Music (I don't see the problem with Music Manager, personally, I just left it running in the background and it automatically adds anything new if detected) it also uploaded the low-res, missing or wrong art (again, because I didn't care about my base music)
The problem comes with when I log into Play Music on my smartphone. The first thing it does when it connects to the server is pull all the data and art from the Play Music server INCLUDING THE ART OF THE OFFLINE FILES! Thus lovely high-res album art gets overwritten by shoddy low-res or wrong art and there is no way to stop this!
So, my recommendation to everyone is this: Make sure that all your tags and album art are correct and high-res BEFORE you upload anything to the online locker! However methodical you are with your locally transferred MP3s, it will be overwritten from the online copy, which seems to always takes priority!
I am a huge google fan in general, so I've been waiting for this. I admit that I prefer free streaming services (use torch music now), but I can't imagine google putting out a bad product. Time to buy in!
Can you scrobble to Last.fm using this service?
Not on competitors OS. How is that a negative? Can we assume any Apple only reviews of software will include a negative of "Android not supported"?
As it's google, I'm assuming they'll put out an iOS app, but it seems a rather unfair critique even if they don't. The world doesn't revolve around iOS devices.
Hi BlackAle, interesting that Google states that on the Support page. I have on more than one occasion been able to run radio stations and play the same songs from the library on two separate devices (tablet and smartphone) at the same time without any pausing. Have you had a chance to give it a try yet?
I am able to scrobble using the Last.fm Android app, but I haven't found an official way to scrobble using the web player
I agree with Michael, I've been able to stream from my computer and my phone simultaneously, even on the same network.
A warning, particularly if you use the trial: when you cancel "Google Play Music All Access" make sure to do it from within your Google Wallet settings. The way described in the Online help does not work. If you have not received a cancellation mail, the service has not been cancelled.
The only other good thing about Spotify is that you can buy a months unlimited which goes to 2 weeks premium. You can then download songs and on the last day sync to get a new licence and then listen offline for 30 days.
So it's cheaper
You can download a Web scrobbler for Chrome (and I assume other browsers too) which works great with online audio streaming sites. Works flawlessly with Google Play Music and YouTube.
No iOS support. Just like iTunes doesn't support Android then. Only the likes of Spotify seems to cover all the bases on that front.
No Twitter/Facebook support. Good - I don't need to share what I'm listening to with all and sundry. It's a very minor ommission in all honesty.
Can only upload from desktop. Whilst true, Google Music has loads of stuff on there, 95% of my music was already on all access. Personally I ensure my music collection isn't all stored on one mobile device, for a start it'd never fit, but secondly it's pretty bad practice. You want it stored on a cloud based system really, a NAS or something similar to that. Not on a mobile phone.
Thus I conclude that the above review is actually a bit on the poor side.
The true cons of Google AA Music are as follows:- Sometimes it's hard to find songs that you know are on there! E.g. Searching for 'Coldplay Atlas' didn't bring back their latest song even thought it was there.- Some albums don't feature all the songs (compliation albums), I'm guessing this is because of license reasons, but it's frustrating.- Apparently you can't use Google Play vouchers to pay for your subscription, which is annoying, as it means there's no point in me asking for a few for Xmas.
Pluses:- It does work on multiple devices at the same time, I've had it running on 4 devices at once ! - Good music selection that is constantly improving- The offline storage option is brilliant, if I'm going abroad or on a plane I can download lots of music to keep me entertained for hours.
So as a subscriber to the service for a few months (I went for it at £7.99 p/m), I'd rate it as 8.5./10 for the above reasons. The uploading and Twitter/Fb cons as listed are irrelavent really.
I love this app, I use it all the time, never use my music player anymore. Any downloaded songs show up right away. 10/10!!
It seems to sometime's work and sometimes not for me ... It'll let both my boyfriend and I play on separate devices and then randomly pause them. Very frustrating, I would even be willing to pay an extra $2-3 a month to unlock another device.
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