Music-lover Android users in the United States must be all pleased to learn about the launch of Google Play Music scan and match feature in the country on Tuesday. The new feature comes almost a month following its first release in Europe last month. Google is also giving its US subscribers with a special treat this holiday season, as it offers matching of the first 20,000 tracks without a charge.
The announcement came after the Internet giant secured contracts with some record companies, giving it a go signal to evaluate their music library and compare it with its own digital collection. It then follows the integration of the scan and match feature to the used-to-be known Android Market and now called, Google Play Music.
The new scan and match service feature of Google Play Music is primarily designed for scanning and rebuilding music collections on cloud media. The feature is incorporated to the user’s online library to facilitate the music uploading procedure.
Given its presence at Google Play Music, Android users in the U.S. will then be able to enjoy instantaneous music downloads, and experience a hassle-free scanning and rebuilding of tracks. Gone were the days when users would have to wait for several days to complete the uploading process of their favorite tracks and add them in to their music collection.
The only reported downside of Google’s scan and match feature at Play Music is the quality of its own collection of tracks, which purportedly could vary sometimes. This denotes a chance that best tracks may not be available to specific users. Unlike before, manual upload is no longer an option if the service could not find a certain track.
Other existing Google Play Music customers may also take advantage of the scan and match feature, a few weeks from now. As initially planned, all previously-uploaded songs in these users’ library will automatically be replaced by then. This could mean bad to some while good to others, depending on their library’s existing contents.
Compared to its rival scan and match service from Apple and Amazon, Google’s offer takes an edge over pricing.
Rival services would usually cost a user $24.99 a year, just to hold up to 250,000 of storage, by the time they exceed 250 tracks, whereas, Google does not charge its customers at all for the first 20,000 tracks. Google Play however does not offer an option to buy extra storage to upload beyond the specified number of sound tracks for now.
With Apple’s iTunes Match, the users’ music library will be scanned and match up with the tracks available at the iTunes Store. The maximum number of tracks the iTunes Match service could scan and match is at 25,000. But then again, it costs users almost $25 a year.
Amazon’s service, on the other hand, allows its users to import tracks up to 250 for free in the Cloud Player. It also offers a premium subscription called the Cloud Player Premium, which costs around $25 a year, allowing users to import up to 250,000 songs to their music library.
While Amazon has officially released its Cloud Player application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Google has yet to release a Google Music client for iOS devices. It may be offered by some third party at App Store, though.
All downloaded music via Google Play Music can be accessed through Android devices and on a computer with a web-based tool installed.
Google Music was first introduced by the company in November 16, 2011, originally comprising of music store and artist hubs, with Google+ feature.
Source: Phone Arena