Google Play Music brings scan and match functionality to U.S. users

by: Kristofer WoukDecember 18, 2012

Google Music

Just over a month ago, users of Google Play Music in Europe gained the scan and match feature, allowing them to take their music on the go without having to upload it. Now U.S. users are getting the same functionality.

This service is free up to 20,000 uploads, which is quite a lot of music. Amazon, in comparison, only allows track matching for up to 250 songs for free, charging a yearly fee of $24.99 after that, though this does allow you to match up to 250,000 songs. Apple’s iTunes match, on the other hand, only allows 25,000 uploads for the same $24.99.

Not only do you no longer have to upload your music manually, you won’t even be given the option, unless Google Play Music can’t find a match in its store for a given track. Both Amazon and Apple’s services work the same way, so this comes as no surprise.

If you have already uploaded music to the service, Google plans to replace existing tracks with the versions available in its store in the near future. If you have been using high bitrate encoding for your own files, this could be upsetting, but the quality should be good enough for most users.

Do you think you’ll be putting this feature to use, or do you already have your music uploaded? If you haven’t used Google Play Music before, is this enough to get you to try it out?

  • lardo5150

    My 7000+ songs are already there. I worry about the “scanning of existing tracks”. I have some live albums and such hope this does not mess with them.

    • Kristofer Wouk

      Apparently, anything that it doesn’t recognize won’t be touched. Tracks that it does recognize will just be replaced with the versions that Google Play Music sells.

  • I used the service back in JULY

    I live in the US, and it works fine.

    What the hell are you talking about it is just available now?

    • Kristofer Wouk

      Before you had to upload your tracks. Now it can scan your library and just automatically add them without you having to waste bandwidth to upload.

    • Kristofer Wouk

      Before, you had to actually upload tracks. Now, it scans them and they appear, without you having to waste bandwidth to upload.

  • omar

    I have GoogleMusic but how do i access this feature?

    any advice..?

  • mikjd

    It picked 20,000 out of almost 27,000. It does not appear that any were matched. After almost 12 hours, it has uploaded less than 650, identified 1,232 as having DRM and unable to upload. It appears it has not matched any. You get what you pay for. For $25, Apple match identified more than 3,000, was able to uplaod the DRM, and completed the upload in less than 48 hours.