Google Launches Free Scan and Match Music Service to Compete With Apple and Amazon

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Google Launches Free Scan and Match Music Service to Compete With Apple and Amazon
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    It's free!? That's awesome. Hope there's an iOS app for this soon.
  3. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    Google: Free + works

    Apple: Pay + doesn't work

    everyone wins!
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    the capital of Assyria
    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.
  6. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    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.
  7. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2012
    iTunes Match has worked flawlessly for me. I'd be interested to know what issues others are having.
  9. nfl46, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012

    macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    I'm seriously considering moving to Android when Key Lime is released. They offer Apple like services a lot cheaper! Tired of paying premium when Google is offering their tablets, phones and services for a lower cost.

    Edit: I'm aware maps are free!
  10. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    It matches my unedited music with clean versions frequently.
  11. Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  12. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    The bad part is when you try using it on the iPhone. Pretty bad there.
  13. kjs862, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    is it me or has google really worked hard this year :confused:
  15. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    This is good.

    Now I have even more reasons to try out Android.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    All you cheapos should pay for the music you acquire. Artists need to eat too you know. :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2009
    Once we get the ability to delete songs I thi k they'll be pretty even. Hopefully this forces apple to rethink their pricing.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    When one uploads their songs to these services, do you remove them from your hard drive? Can you download your songs once they're uploaded (sometimes you may be out of data range and want a playlist to listen to)?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
  20. macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
  21. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
  22. macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    So how do Google and Amazon add these out of the blue when Apple had to negotiate with the record companies? Or do we just not hear about G and A?
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010
    So, Apple struck a negotiated deal with all the labels so that they would be compensated for the music uploaded, much of which has been pirated by some.

    Now, Google is doing the same thing, without charging anyone for it. How are the artists getting paid for the cloud versions? Is Google just footing the bill? Maybe. Probably. All under the guise of sucking you further into their world where they make money off of who you are, what you do, what you write, what you search for, and what you think.

    I'll stick with Apple, paying my fee, so that I'm the customer and not the product.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    itunes match is the new mobile me ie paying for something that google does for free (and better)
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2009
    Miami, FLA

    I use Google music on my iPhone & iPad..... works great. The free gMusik app even supports Airplay.

    I have all my music uploaded to the Google cloud and pay nothing. They have a music upload utility that uploads automatically everything I add to iTunes....

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