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Quick question - and sorry if this has been asked and answered. Why do I have to provide credit card information if I only want standard access.
 

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Probably to make it easier to actually purchase music (I'm assuming you aren't using Android or the Play Store in general)

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Yep, like I said its not available in Canada............officially that is, there are many US based services that you can get by various means, but they are not officially available in Canada.
 

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Forgot about that, removed it from my PC as its next to useless.
Do you mean like the Windows 8 Music metro app or Xbox music? either way they both work very well, I much prefer it over itunes, way faster load, nice smooth interface, transfer over from itunes was pretty much seamless.


Quick question - and sorry if this has been asked and answered. Why do I have to provide credit card information if I only want standard access.
When I set it up on my wifes phone, pretty sure it said they wanted the credit card so they knew if you were in Canada or the US or whatever
 

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It's almost exactly the same, I have both on iOS, android and windows devices, where I find xbox music better as a subscription service is the fact that it works and works very well on 360 and XB1, and it allows you to automatically get the music video of the song.

Google's big advantage is I can upload underground stuff.
 

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I own one product in the MS ecosystem so the fact it works well on X Box doesn't make it any more useful to me. Google Play Music works faultlessly on my phones, 3 Chromecast's, tablets and any PC I use.
 

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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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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!
 

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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?
 

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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
 

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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
 

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@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.
 

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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.
 

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Interesting.....hopefully the Songza type services continues either standalone or as a free feature if Play Music.
 

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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.
 
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