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Google Music out now in UK


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The Google Music service has finally been opened up to UK customers.

Google had announced that it would be expanding the Google Music service to countries outside the US during its announcement of the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 10 back in October.

For UK users, it represents the last part of the Google and Android ecosystem, with movies, books and apps already available from the tech giant. Music has now joined the roster in the Google Play store (you may need to restart your phone to see it in the Google Play app, as we did).

The MP3 purchasing service is also available through the Google Play website on your computer. Tracks cost 79p each, and album prices seem to be competitively pitched against the service's main rivals, iTunes and Amazon MP3.

The ability to upload music tracks is available across the board. The service is accessible through a downloadable desktop Music Manager program, and also requires the free Google Play Music app on the Google Play store. This has been the default Android music player for some time now, but isn't included with every Android device as standard.

Google Music's headline feature is its ability to upload 20,000 of your music tracks to the cloud at no charge through the Music Manager tool. You can then access these tracks from your Android phone at any time, or any computer logged in to your Google account.

Will you be using Google Music, or are you happy with iTunes and/or Amazon MP3? Is there anything missing from Google's service? Let us know in the comments box below.

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November 13, 2012, 3:14 pm

Seriously, I don't know why anyone bothers downloading music anymore. Or, to put it another way, I'm slightly disappointed that Google didn't launch a proper subscription based music streaming service too.

I'm with Spotify at the moment. Probably gonna move to Music Unlimited imminently, so I can also stream through my PS3.


November 13, 2012, 4:01 pm

put very simply: data caps!

I use my full 1GB of allowance every month just from web browsing and news feeds. If I was streaming music as well, this would be well far over this and end up spending £20+ per month just on the data allowance.

Not everyone is allowed to use WiFi at work (and often my wireless data is significantly faster than public hotspots) and even then it's almost impossible to find a free/open wireless hotspot wherever I am.

So, yes, THAT'S why I want an offline music service (and MicroSD slot!) because the wireless infrastructure just isn't there for streaming services!

Also, another notch in the "streaming is not an option": trains. I like to listen to music on trains, however the speed of movement means that there's barely any consistent signal. Not to mention underground/metro/subway commuting! Try streaming music while underground ;-P


November 13, 2012, 6:42 pm

Thanks for the considered response, ChaosDefinesOrder, but, with respect, your objections are unfounded.

When I signed up to T-Mobile on my current contract, they told me that the data cap would only apply to downloads, and not to streaming. I have no idea how they can tell the difference, and I told them I didn't believe them. They said that if I ever get close to the data cap, they would text me a warning. I'm about one year into the contract, and this hasn't even happened once, so far.

Both of your other objections are solved with the fact that Spotify, and other streaming solutions, allow caching. Both of the services I referred to initially, Spotify and Music Unlimited, allow you to download or cache songs, and they remain on the device for as long as you maintain your subscription or otherwise delete them.

Whilst I am allowed to use Wi-fi at work, Spotify is on the list of sites which the powers that be have decided to block. So I'm effectively in the same boat as you, with relation to wi-fi based streaming. However, I download the music I want to listen to for offline listening when I'm at home or through 3G. Its quite common for me to download an album on the foot journey from my office to the tube, then listen to the music 100ft underground on the way home.

I know that, strictly speaking, this is not "streaming", but I get all the music, both quantity and range, that I can possibly consume, through a streaming subscription based service, so I stand by my original point. In fact, I would say that since I stopped buying music outright, I listen to way more than I ever used to.


November 13, 2012, 8:37 pm

re-reading your first post looks like I mis-read and/or misinterpreted as "streaming" rather than "subscription" :-)

I can certainly get behind subscription as being preferable depending on how much music you listen to - certainly listening to 3+ new albums per month makes a £10 pcm fee better value than outright purchasing.

Personally I don't "consume" enough new material to justify the monthly outlay

that and I much prefer to buy outright in the long term due to DJing where services like Spotify are not really sufficient in my case

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