By Sooty 17 Comments
I started testing Google Music this weekend, because I have a MacBook Air with a measily 128GB SSD, well that's not the only reason. Call it lazy if you like but because I already have to keep my MP3 player, yes, MP3 player in sync with my PC doing the same with my laptop was quite annoying. All music gets converted down to 320kbps MP3, well if it's higher than that, that is, which is fine for my laptop/phone use, I do have a lot of lossless music but that only makes sense to have when I'm at home because that's when I'm using my proper headphones and not my portables.
The web interface is really nice and quick, moving between your music is instantaneous and since it's Google you can bet the search feature is quick & accurate with useful suggestions too. There's a few quirks though, for some reason the service randomly changed some tracks to full caps or other info, such as the name of an artist. I'm not sure why but it only happened a few times. Album art was kept intact mostly, need to fix it some of it but that's just me being a dork. Also, HTML5 support can be enabled in the labs section! Only downside is no Last.fm support. (yet)
I don't use my phone for music because touchscreens are annoying to use in the rain and require too many steps to get to the point where you're browsing your music. (esp. if you use lockscreen security) I have a little Sansa Clip+ with 40GB of space and good old fashioned physical buttons, durable as hell and I don't have to worry about using it in the rain.
I did install the app for my phone though and it's pretty swish, I'll definitely use it if I'm without my MP3 player, it's just not gonna be my go-to place for music. Oh and Google Music is free, well, you get to upload 20,000 tracks for free at least. Unfortunately it seems there's no official iPad app out yet, so hopefully that happens eventually.
After 24 hours it has almost finished uploading everything so I can start using it properly on my laptop then. I have a 60MB connection with a horrible upload speed. (only 3MB up) It's meant to be US only, or something, but you can easily get around that. (Google it!)
Edit: Only just realised Tested has its blogs back up and running. Oops.