One of the distinctive features of Google’s Music service is the users’ ability to scan and match their music library, thus making it accessible for free from anywhere.
The scan and match option spares users from having to wait for gigabytes of songs to upload, a process that can take days, depending on the size of the music collection. Google’s service simply scans each song and look for a match in the cloud, thus dramatically cutting the time it takes to make the music available. Apple and Amazon also offer such a service, but they charge $25 per year for the convenience, while Google makes 20,000 songs accessible without any costs.
More than a year from its US debut, Google Music was launched in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain at the beginning of the week. But, even though the scan and match service was mentioned in the feature log, it didn’t appear to be functioning.
That has changed since then; Ben Kersey from The Verge reports that the scan and match service now works, although there are still some kinks to be ironed out. For example, while the actual process of matching tunes works, users have no way to know that, unless they look at the traffic generated by Google’s Music Manager application.
The debut of Google Music in Europe is an important step forward in Google’s quest to offer a complete media ecosystem to as many users as possible. Let’s hope that the folks in Mountain View will expand the reach of their services to more countries soon.
To give Google Music a try head over here. Let us know your experience with it.
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I guess Ireland is not in Europe then
You are correct KrivoM, Ireland is not in Europe, but is in the Atlantic Ocean.
of course Ireland is in Europe……
Guest. Ireland is not “in” Europe. Ireland may be a part of Europe, but they are not “in” Europe. A country “in” Europe would be France for example. As another example, Hawaii is not “in” the US. Hope you learnt some Geography today!
They belong to the continent “Europe” and their currency is Euro…
Ireland is in Europe both politically (EU, CoE, etc.) geographically (part of the European continental shelf (http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/gg/images/gebco_1min.jpg)), economically (Euro, EU, EEA) and culturally since neolithic times.
You may be confusing Ireland with Iceland. The later is very certainly in the Atlantic, although shares it’s political and cultural areas with the rest of Europe.
iWhistle a happy iTune
Not yet available in The Netherlands :(
In Europe? Nope, nothing here… erroneous info mate.
The reason that you can’t see anything happening is because it is not working in the UK. I have re-installed the Music Manager and it has not been updated since the launch date. I assumed that Mr Kersey had been in touch with Google and had some definitive information but it appears he does not. Will someone from a blog/tech website talk to Google and ask them what is going on ? Just a thought – you are supposed to be journalists after all.
I can’t see much music matching going on with my collection within OSX/iTunes It’s been uploading for several days now.
Also if you choose to manually select what to upload rather than use everything the app is unable to see all the music and podcasts. There is also a limit of 5 playlists.
I like the fact that I can now do with Google what Apple wanted to charge me for but unhappy at the present state of the OSX app. As for the Linux one… shame on you Google, especially as you use Linux in your offices!