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Old 05-16-13, 12:55 PM
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Google launches subscription unlimited music streaming

http://lifehacker.com/google-music-a...amin-506977460

I've long talked about my love of subscription music services, this new one "Google Plus Music All Access" seems like nothing special. The library is smaller than Spotify and Rdio and the Pandora-like "radio station" feature already exists on Rdio. The ability to integrate your existing Google Music locker into the service is compelling, adding Beatles, AC/DC, Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel to my subscription playlists would be convenient. However, the fact that it's Android-only is a deal killer as I listen to Rdio on Roku and various iOS devices. Google seems to be playing catch-up with this service and not pushing any boundaries.

The irony here to me is that all of these services are only catching up to where ZunePass/XBox Music Pass was years ago. Also, the fact that iTunes still hasn't released a subscription service is mind boggling to me.
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The irony here to me is that all of these services are only catching up to where ZunePass/XBox Music Pass was years ago. Also, the fact that iTunes still hasn't released a subscription service is mind boggling to me.
If it isn't broke, why fix it?
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Old 05-16-13, 03:47 PM
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Spotify also has the "radio station" button, and has for some time now (and is also on Roku which is why I use them).
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http://lifehacker.com/google-music-a...amin-506977460

Also, the fact that iTunes still hasn't released a subscription service is mind boggling to me.
Their business is selling mp3s. Why would they start up a service that let's you listen to them free any time you want?
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I'd be far more comfortable paying Amazon for a subscription music service than paying Google. Amazon is format agnostic (or at least, they're trying to be), despite the fact that the Kindle Fire devices are all Android forks.
Apple/Google/Microsoft can fight over their "media" offerings all they want, but I'll only pay for services that support multiple formats to the best of their abilities.
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Their business is selling mp3s. Why would they start up a service that let's you listen to them free any time you want?
Here's a good post from Bob Lefsetz on the issue...
http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.p...s-week-report/

Apple became a behemoth via market domination, that’s what the iPod was all about, we own the sphere and you can’t get in. And it worked for a while in phones, but then came Android.

And the ancient iTunes Store is ten years old and profitable, but Apple refuses to kill it with a streaming service, hell, they’re busy trying to imitate Pandora!

It’s not the same Apple…

Apple dominated because of the connector. The thirty pin jobby you see in all hotel rooms. They went to Lightning and suddenly, accessory makers balked, they’re going to Bluetooth.

And maybe this would have happened anyway, but if you think Apple just announces a streaming service and wins, you can’t see that Apple is no longer dominant. There’s that Android problem… Imagine if Apple had streaming music before Android launched! They could have done that, they could have dominated, but NO! They rested on their laurels.

...

So busy selling bonds and giving dividends, Apple is avoiding the future. Where’s the killer instinct, where’s the risk?

The company was built on dominance and it’s losing power every damn day.
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I use Slacker. Only downside for me is not being able to play ACDC songs on demand.
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Old 06-10-13, 11:11 AM
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I tried this but cancelled as I didnt seem to find a way to shuffle all my stations like in Pandora. Maybe it is possible but it certainly wasn't user friendly enough to easily find it. I also hate how since the update Google Music is constantly running in the background. After I cancelled, I uninstalled all the updates and now it doesnt run in the background. My only problem is it keeps wanting to update. I wish I could just uninstall it completely.
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I pay for Spotify, the easiest $10/month investment ever. I use free Google Music to upload all my bootlegs, live material, rare stuff, outtakes, demos, and artists not on Spotify (Beatles, Zep, Floyd, early Kinks, etc.) Now I can stream *everything*!

And I still can't decide what to listen to
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Spotify is worth every penny I spend 5-6 hours a day on it at work/in the car.
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Old 06-10-13, 02:45 PM
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I pay for Spotify, the easiest $10/month investment ever. I use free Google Music to upload all my bootlegs, live material, rare stuff, outtakes, demos, and artists not on Spotify (Beatles, Zep, Floyd, early Kinks, etc.) Now I can stream *everything*!

And I still can't decide what to listen to
the stuff you upload to stream from Google Music, can you shuffle across all artists in the library or just each album individually?
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