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An Introduction: Google’s ‘Scan and Match’ Music Service

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Google, in its usual mischievous style, launched a free “Scan and Match” Music Service in the US on 18th December. Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s Cloud Player cost users an annual fee of $25 for the same service. After its successful launch in Europe last month, in collaboration with Warner Music Group, Google has brought this service for music buffs in the US.

What do you get from it?

  • A cost-free scan-and-match online locker to store your favorite songs.
  • Online access to most of the major and other independent music labels.
  • A song is uploaded to a registered user’s online locker.
  • It scans the existing songs in your music library and automatically uploads them to the Google music locker even if it is not in the Google music store.
  • Music streams at 320kbps, which is must faster than the Amazon and Apple streams.
  • Access to 13 million songs in its store.
  • A music locker with a capacity of storing up to 20,000 songs in the Google cloud.
  • You can download tracks or albums online onto your mobile devices and listen when offline.

Why is Google’s Scan and Match Music service better?

Once you register with play.google.com/music, you can listen to music from the cloud library. The Music Manager will take care of all the locker activities and music syncing. When you first register with Google Music, it will seek a match for your existing songs in its own database. If the same song is found, it will copy it to your online cloud library. If it doesn’t find a match, your song will be added to its database and uploaded to your cloud. One little bit of advice – make sure your songs are in the default music library and not in a custom folder.

Google’s Scan and Match music service is very portable and versatile. It works through the Google Play Music app for Android users. For Apple fans, gMusic is compatible with iOS. With Windows-based phones your best option would be Goooovster.

That fact that it is Internet-based is a plus point. If you have a large collection of music that might be lost in the unlikely event of a hard disk crash, your music on Google’s server is safe. Secondly, it does not use up precious storage memory. The downside is it won’t work that well if you have an unreliable and inconsistent Internet connection. But you can download individual songs to your playlist and listen to them later when you are offline. Bulk downloads of course is not yet possible.

At present, it looks like Google is bearing the cost of major labels to give users a free service. But in the long run the Google mp3 store will probably march ahead of the other two. Also, tracks are scanned and saved in your online library irrespectively of whether you have purchased from the Google Store. So when you want a free store for music tracks that’s accessible from any geographical location without overloading your smartphone memory, Google’s Scan and Match music service will be a real advantage.

This is a guest post is brought to you by Samantha Kirk, a writer for Centurylink Internet. Samantha provides up to date content and information for high-speed internet, phone services, bundles and other Centurylink offers.

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