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2016-01-06 08:08 AM
pinto Not sure if this solution will work for you, but if I just want to listen to a specific album or artist, I create a new Playlist. I've done that for The Beatles, Steely Dan, etc.. there, I showed my age
2016-01-05 06:47 PM
gottabekd I have made extensive use of Google Play Music since switching from Rdio some time last year. My biggest gripe is that I have uploaded a ton of music that I had ripped from CDs back in the day. Naturally, these are some of my favourite albums, and so I listen to them frequently. When I hit the album to play in Google Music, it often intermingles my uploaded track with one from their library. Sure, I can manually fix this. But I often don't notice until it starts playing 'track 1' for a second time. Real pain in the ass. If anyone has come across this, and has tried a solution to fix it, please let me know their results.
2016-01-05 02:30 PM
derek80 I was subscribed to Rdio for a few years, but it recently shut down. I signed up for free trials of the premium versions of Google Play Music, Spotify and Apple Music to compare them and choose which one to go with next.

I am also a Songza fan, so having those playlists integrated into Google Play was a major plus for it. However, what clinched it was that Google was the only service that properly handled album queuing. I like to listen to full albums, so I will often start listening to one and then queue a different one (or more) to follow it. With both Spotify and Apple, they would insert that next album after the current song on the album I was listening to instead of after that album was complete. I checked online for both Spotify and Apple to see if there was a function I was missing, but forums for both confirmed they did not allow you to queue the album to begin after the album you are currently listening to instead of interrupting it. This was never an issue with Rdio when I subscribed to them.

Anyway, such a basic feature was the main deciding factor for Google for me. The music libraries of all three services were quite similar and the price (for a single user) was the same for all three. I generally liked Spotify's interface and streaming stations, but I found Apple to be a bit confusing as I did not like how it was basically just integrated into iTunes (which I'm already not overly fond of).
2015-12-30 02:29 AM
Steve604 Songza was my favorite music app, had IMO by far the best playlists.
Google has now integrated Songza into Google Music.

I'm now a Google Music subscriber, very good move by Google. I said forever MS or Google needed to buy out Songza and integrate it into their app, given both of their radio/playlist features sucked.
Currently a Groove Music subscriber as well. Will likely be dropping it soon. Went with the family plan on Play Music allowing for 6 users for less than the price of 2. Cheaper than individual subscriptions for me and my wife on Groove.
I've already figured out how to stream Play Music to my Xbox via DLNA from my phone. Works perfect. Sounds good.

Google kept Songza's free features but stepped up the advertising. Only took 1 full day of listening for me to pay.
2014-07-02 12:56 AM
Steve604 Hopefully Songza stays the same, I use it everyday
2014-07-02 12:26 AM
brownstar Interesting.....hopefully the Songza type services continues either standalone or as a free feature if Play Music.
2014-07-01 11:10 PM
MarcP Songza just announced that they've been acquired by Google. Interesting match.

http://daily.songza.com/google/
2014-05-20 07:52 PM
MarcP The more I play with Google All Access, the more I like it. Once seeded with your likes and dislikes, I just go with the "I'm feeling lucky radio". The vast majority of the time, I get sometime I like. Google's library is so far above and beyond Slacker's that I canceled my subscription with the later.
2014-05-15 08:47 AM
j0dest3r @aardvaark I believe it is all controllable but I don't have any experience with it as of yet. The concept is simple, it bypasses the down-up-down approach of the classic cloud offering and just uses the net to sync device to device P2P style. If you don't have the same amount of available space from one device to the next there must be a way to deal with that built-in.

I suspect there has been some fine tuning of the Google Play stuff that us noobs with the service are having to endure but those that were using it as a U.S based service are not experiencing.
2014-05-14 11:58 PM
Many7695
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Originally Posted by aardvaark View Post
So if I decide to hand over my collection to Google Play, does anyone know if they compress it down to MP3 format before they let you stream it from the cloud and do they censor what you have if they feel a file type in your music library is from a download?
Most of my music is from a downloaded source and have always been able to upload it google music without any problems
2014-05-14 04:21 PM
37886
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Originally Posted by j0dest3r View Post
Both services are ticking me off! I have found two songs that were matched in Google that were NOT the ones I attempted to upload! They were cheap ass knock offs that sounded totally wrong! I cannot seem to find a way to override this nonsense! XBM does only matching at this point no uploading so there are 2 or 3 albums that XBM doesn't have the rights to and therefore I am locked out of except on the device I manually loaded. At this point I am considering trying out that Bittorrent Sync to bypass these cloudy-crappy solutions and just sync them device to device myself!
Hi j0dest3r.

I've heard about Bittorent Sync. I have a dedicated music drive that contains about 1TB of music Could you tell me if syncing from device to device means that I have to have that room on my receiving device? In this case it's a 128GB iPad
2014-05-14 04:16 PM
37886
Google Play

So if I decide to hand over my collection to Google Play, does anyone know if they compress it down to MP3 format before they let you stream it from the cloud and do they censor what you have if they feel a file type in your music library is from a download?
2014-05-14 03:54 PM
j0dest3r Both services are ticking me off! I have found two songs that were matched in Google that were NOT the ones I attempted to upload! They were cheap ass knock offs that sounded totally wrong! I cannot seem to find a way to override this nonsense! XBM does only matching at this point no uploading so there are 2 or 3 albums that XBM doesn't have the rights to and therefore I am locked out of except on the device I manually loaded. At this point I am considering trying out that Bittorrent Sync to bypass these cloudy-crappy solutions and just sync them device to device myself!
2014-05-14 12:43 AM
brownstar It's useless to me, that is my choice to make
2014-05-13 11:36 PM
Steve604 Xbox music works flawlessly on all my devices including Android TV boxes. Just pointing out it's not useless like you claim.
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