I'm a Google Music: All Access subscriber, and I like it.
- Music is high quality at 320 kbps
- It has all the genres and popular playlists to find something new
- Their radio feature is quite good, and I've discovered new bands I now like that I otherwise hadn't heard of
- Organizing music into playlists is really easy
- There also is a "My Library" area for music you want to hear again but haven't necessarily voted up or added to a playlist - just like buying a CD to put on your shelf
- Adding or removing songs, albums, and playlists to/from mobile phone storage is very straight-forward
- The interface is very easy to use
- I haven't run into any issues with storage mismanagement, wrong album art, or wrong tags
I like it so much that I'm a bit stymied, because I'm an audio enthusiast that wants everything redbook quality or better, I'm more particular than anyone I've ever met on how to rip and store my music collection, and mp3s are inferior. But ... for listening at work or in the car or at my desk or cooking, Google Play seems perfect and I don't feel like I ever need to buy a CD again. But ... unless they go high-res, I'm going to feel stuck in the middle. Because I want better sound still on a discerning system, and it noticeably failed listening tests on a high end system. It's good enough quality for everything but a really well-put together enthusiast stereo, but that's what I'm into. (To be clear, all the other services except Tidal are lower or tied with Google Play on quality.)
Tidal is quickly winning over the hi-fi community with its lossless streaming (at $20/m for full quality). Everyone agrees it sounds superb. But their interface and usability is horrid, and it's being marketed by having exclusive-but-dreadful rap content. If Tidal gets a complete makeover and new business model, or if Google Play goes high-res, that will be my answer for hi-fi. But until then, I'm happy to use Google Play for everywhere but my listening room.
Last edited by Milo Burke
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.