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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Google Launches Free Scan and Match Music Service to Compete With Apple and Amazon




Google has updated its Google Play music service with an iTunes Match-like song matching service. This means users won't have to spend hours or days uploading gigabytes of music, as they had to previously.

Notably, Google's matching service does not have a subscription fee like Apple and Amazon's do, with users matching up to 20,000 songs. While European Google Play users have been using this service for a while, this launch is new for those in the U.S.
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Traveling this season and want to make sure your music goes with you? Add up to 20,000 songs from your music collection to Google Play and stream it to your Android devices and your computer, anywhere you go.

Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We'll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud - all for free. And we'll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.
Amazon upgraded its Cloud Player with a scan and match feature earlier this year, charging $24.99/year for the service. Apple charges the same amount for iTunes Match.

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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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It's free!? That's awesome. Hope there's an iOS app for this soon.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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How are you guys always late with the reports. I reported his already...

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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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How are you guys always late with the reports. I reported his already...

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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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Personally, I'd rather upload my own copies. My library is FLAC, so it gets transcoded to 320kbps by Google Music. I don't mind the upload time. But to each his own.
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is it me or has google really worked hard this year
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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Careful, they might sue you.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 10:34 PM   #9
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You might have announced it first, but you had very little proper detail in comparison.

Compare:
Looking out the window and saying "it might rain today..."
Looking at a news report with imagery, research, and details of rain at 4:45pm

Silly comparison, but I know what I mean! Lengthy comments via iPad? Not easy
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:45 PM   #10
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Google: Free + works

Apple: Pay + doesn't work

everyone wins!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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Google copying Apple, and Apple copying Google...
Well, this makes them more competitive (good), but you really have to choose one side of the fence. I'm already on the Apple side, so I'm hoping Apple will improve iTunes Match.
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 12:06 AM   #12
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Google copying Apple, and Apple copying Google...
Well, this makes them more competitive (good), but you really have to choose one side of the fence. I'm already on the Apple side, so I'm hoping Apple will improve iTunes Match.
I have it and it works great for me but I can see how free is better, I am just interested in why you find it doesn't work for you?
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 03:07 AM   #13
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Google copying Apple, and Apple copying Google...
Well, this makes them more competitive (good), but you really have to choose one side of the fence. I'm already on the Apple side, so I'm hoping Apple will improve iTunes Match.
Well many folks like free stuff specialy when it works great!!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:49 PM   #14
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everyone wins!
While I somewhat agree, Google Music hasn't been "great" really. Some things about it are really nice, but there are plenty of issues. I'd say on the desktop iTunes Match actually works better than Google Music. Perhaps on the mobile side, Google Music works a little better.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 05:58 PM   #15
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While I somewhat agree, Google Music hasn't been "great" really. Some things about it are really nice, but there are plenty of issues. I'd say on the desktop iTunes Match actually works better than Google Music. Perhaps on the mobile side, Google Music works a little better.
maybe i was a bit harsh. but i'm beginning to think that apple has some tough times ahead. internet services are in google's dna, not apple's. in fact, apple has a bad track record with internet services. being that the industry is moving to all cloud computing, google will have the advantage. take for example google docs. what a great alternative to ms office. apple has been working on building their own office but failed in my opinion. and they have been hard at work on it for a long time.

i recently had to use docs and was so happy how it worked, i'm considering moving my 50gbs of data from my dropbox to google drive. and then i may even get a google phone so it all 'just works'.

i totally understand how you can view apple vs google is like apple vs ms in the 80's. but in today's apple vs google, today's ms (google) stuff at least works, very well.

another thing that worries me about apple is their increase in collaboration, for example with tom-tom maps, yelp., and now foursquare. for a company that likes to keep a lot of things in-house, they are doing a lot of collaboration. if you look at google's offerings, they did maps, a yelp alternative in house with their own data.

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All you cheapos should pay for the music you acquire. Artists need to eat too you know.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 06:26 PM   #17
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maybe i was a bit harsh. but i'm beginning to think that apple has some tough times ahead. internet services are in google's dna, not apple's. in fact, apple has a bad track record with internet services. being that the industry is moving to all cloud computing, google will have the advantage. take for example google docs. what a great alternative to ms office. apple has been working on building their own office but failed in my opinion. and they have been hard at work on it for a long time.

i recently had to use docs and was so happy how it worked, i'm considering moving my 50gbs of data from my dropbox to google drive. and then i may even get a google phone so it all 'just works'.

i totally understand how you can view apple vs google is like apple vs ms in the 80's. but in today's apple vs google, today's ms (google) stuff at least works, very well.

another thing that worries me about apple is their increase in collaboration, for example with tom-tom maps, yelp., and now foursquare. for a company that likes to keep a lot of things in-house, they are doing a lot of collaboration. if you look at google's offerings, they did maps, a yelp alternative in house with their own data.
Oh yeah, I pretty much agree with everything you're saying here. I am considering moving my iPhone 5 to a Nexus 4. the iPhone is just not that great anymore, outside of the actual design of the device. iOS feels so backwards and constricting. Google's cloud services are amazing, whereas iCloud is just horrible for the most part. Sadly, I don't think a lot of Apple die hards realize how big the gulf between the two actually is.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 06:47 PM   #18
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maybe i was a bit harsh. but i'm beginning to think that apple has some tough times ahead. internet services are in google's dna, not apple's. in fact, apple has a bad track record with internet services. being that the industry is moving to all cloud computing, google will have the advantage. take for example google docs. what a great alternative to ms office. apple has been working on building their own office but failed in my opinion. and they have been hard at work on it for a long time.

i recently had to use docs and was so happy how it worked, i'm considering moving my 50gbs of data from my dropbox to google drive. and then i may even get a google phone so it all 'just works'.

i totally understand how you can view apple vs google is like apple vs ms in the 80's. but in today's apple vs google, today's ms (google) stuff at least works, very well.

another thing that worries me about apple is their increase in collaboration, for example with tom-tom maps, yelp., and now foursquare. for a company that likes to keep a lot of things in-house, they are doing a lot of collaboration. if you look at google's offerings, they did maps, a yelp alternative in house with their own data.
iTunes Match has been working flawlessly for me. Maybe it's for me only. But one thing about Google is that, how can their music library to be as big as Apple's? If it's just the upload part, what's so special about it? It's the matching and "upgrading" of my old MP3s where I find the value of iTunes Match.
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 02:16 AM   #19
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i'm beginning to think that apple has some tough times ahead.
how many times have we heard that one the past 12 years?

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internet services are in google's dna, not apple's.
google's DNA started as search. apple's as computers in the '70s. I think apples been able to recreate itself very, very well: desktop publishing, music, phones, tablets...I'm not worried.

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take for example google docs. what a great alternative to ms office.
if you say so.

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apple has been working on building their own office but failed in my opinion. and they have been hard at work on it for a long time.
me, I think iWork smokes docs. I actually enjoy using it, which is a first. the templates are clean and the client apps uncluttered and easy to use.

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another thing that worries me about apple is their increase in collaboration
uh, actually apple is known for the inverse -- taking things in-house, owning their core tech, and vertical markets.

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You don't think that Apple is doing the same thing?
no, apple does not. google is primarily in the advertising business, apple is I. the product business. google sells you as the product. apple sells you a product. google will fight to find out more about you to sell it, apple fights to prevent you from being sold. this is documented, do some research.

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Well considering I got locked out of my itunes match account for 90 days because my wife wanted use the computer I might just cancel it and upload my music to google now.
good story, bro.

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Yeah, Apple surely isn't trying to get you stuck in their ecosystem. I'll just take this movie I bought on itunes and watch it on my non-apple device now...
you're confusing apple with the content owners. apple fought the record labels to have DRM removed from online music sales, resulting in ultimate portability and transferability. no reason to believe they wouldn't do the same with film, but the studios call those shots. as is, if you buy a movie on an iPhone or Apple TV you can move it to your Mac or even windows machines, via iTunes. that has my platforms covered...
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everyone wins!
except it doesn't support ALAC.

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If it is free, you are the product that is being sold.
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If it is free, you are the product that is being sold.
Is this the new "X just doesn't get it hot mess it just works insanely great" line that's gonna be repeated ad nauseum?
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Are you the product when using iCloud?
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 04:16 AM   #24
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I definitely want to try this out.

iTunes Match is horrible on iOS. There's no option to fill your device and reserve a certain amount (say 2GB) for music. If you download a big playlist it just keeps going until the device is full, then spits out an error message for each song it cannot fit, fills the downloads tab in the iTunes app with all the failed downloads and... There's no way to delete your songs again!

So there you are with a full device. Nice one. The only solution : delete everything and start all over with a smaller playlist.

To make it worse, if you start downloading a playlist on your iphone over wifi and then leave the house, it switches to cellular! Can you believe that? My iPhone downloaded 1,5 GB over my mobile network leaving me with a huge bill.
(And yes: the option to use cellular was switched off, this is one of those horrible bugs in iOS 6.0)

Payed online services and apple = no match!
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Are you the product when using iCloud?
Really Not sure what use iCloud would be, if you haven't purchased an Apple product, service, or media from one of their stores. They have made their money from purchased hardware, or purchased music, by the time iCloud can really become useful.
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