After releasing Google Music Beta a while back, people started to become suspicious. It would only be fair that Android users have access to buying music and listening to it like their iOS counterparts. The Music beta started off by allowing users to upload their whole iTunes library to Google’s “cloud”. After doing so, users would be able to listen to their music on smart phones and computers anywhere there they had internet access, be it through 3G, 4G, or WiFi. Additionally, the music files could be saved locally for offline listening.
So the ultimate question is, will Google Music be able to stand up to iTunes?
As of right now, there is no doubt that iTunes has a strong grip on the MP3 market (devices and music). However, this is mostly because it is arguably one of the most convenient sources for buying music. In addition, millions of people had iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Therefore, with iTunes built in, makes it virtually the only source for buying music. Now, Android holds market share over the majority of the smartphone market and Google Music will be built into all of those devices just like iTunes is for “i” devices. Despite the fact that iTunes will remain dominant in the tablet and mp3 player markets, we should be seeing Google Music taking off due to its large Android based audience.
In addition to MP3 market share, you are probably wondering which source is genuinely better than the other. So here is a few categories that you should like:
Both Google Music and iTunes let you purchase songs, albums, and more for the normal $1.29, $.99, etc. However, only Google Music allows you to listen to your songs from virtually any computer and smartphone with just your Google login. Up to 20,000 of your songs are automatically stored in the cloud for your listening pleasure.
Does anybody remember Ping? I didn’t think so. When Apple released Ping a while back, they were almost attempting to create a music based Facebook. And frankly, people did not understand it and did not have the time to “like” music and artists. Google is going for a more subtle approach. After buying any song on Google Music, your
Google+ friends can have a listen for themselves.
Most people have already invested money in hundreds of songs with iTunes. And naturally, you would assume that Google wants your money in re-buying those songs. However, Google lets its users upload all of their iTunes music to the cloud absolutely free.
Which one is it going to be for you? Do you still use iTunes to get music on your Android device? Will you give Google Music a chance?