Hands-on: Google Music

Posted November 22, 2011 by Stuff Staff in Features


Google Music may not be available in the UAE at the moment – but should you sign up when it arrives on this side of the pond? We’ve taken a sneak peek at the key features and how it measures up against rivals Spotify and iTunes.

Google Music

It may not have iTunes’ party tricks, but Google Music is near enough to perfect for most people – a free-of-charge home for up to 25,000 DRM-free songs, accessed through either a clean web interface, or through an equally fuss-less Android app.

Google Music

You’ll need to install the Google Music Manager on your local machine first, then wait four months while it uploads your 80GB of music to the cloud. But that’s the only real pain; once done, you have desktop and mobile access to your entire library, and the Music Manager quietly works in the background to upload new songs as they arrive.

Google Music

But there are things that Google should get on and fix – quickly.

For example, there’s no way of checking if a song’s already in a playlist, which makes management a messy and time-consuming. Also, it could badly do with emulating iTunes’ Smart Playlists; in Google Music today, you either create a list manually, or use the Instant Mix feature (which, all credit to the Google team, is uncannily clever).

Google Music Android app

The Android app is beautifully useable, with the one caveat that it badly needs a more obvious way of showing which tracks are stored locally and which are still in the cloud (yes, you can fiddle in the settings to show only locally stored tunes, but where’s the harm in making it instantly obvious – especially when mobile data tariffs in the UAE can make your eyes water?).

[via Stuff.tv]

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Our crack-team of gadget-loving ninjas scour the interwebs for the hottest gadgets and the coolest kit around. They produce the pages of Stuff Middle East by day, but don internet-friendly masks by night, stealthily hunting the latest gadget news and tech trends.


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