Free Scan & Match Feature for Google Music Released to Compete with iTunes Match
Google recently announced that its new matching feature will scan a music collection and quickly rebuilt it in the cloud for free. Users were previously required to upload their own music, which in some cases could take days depending on the size of the audio collection. The Google Music service now allows users to match up to 20,000 songs from their music collection, with the tracks being streamed back at up to 320 kbps at no cost. Google Play currently has a limit of 300 megabytes per individual song and there currently doesn’t seem to be any option to purchase more storage to go beyond 20,000 tracks.
In comparison, Apple’s iTunes Match will scan a user’s music library and match it up with tracks available on the iTunes Store for $24.99 a year. Apple’s song limit is 25,000, which is 5,000 more tracks beyond that of Google’s service.
When the iTunes Match service was originally announced by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, one of the biggest things Jobs pointed out was the time it took competing offerings from Google and Amazon to upload extensive music collections. Since then, Amazon’s Cloud Player added iTunes Match-like scan and match functionality this past July with the company allowing users to import up to 250 songs for free in its Cloud Player with a similarly priced premium subscription allowing users to import up to 250,000 songs (10 times that of Apple’s iTunes Match).
When it comes to iPhone, iPod, and iPad apps, Amazon has released an official Cloud Player application but Google currently as not. As of right now, there are some third-party options currently available in the App Store.
Will any of you utilize Google’s service since it touts a price tag of absolutely nothing?
Source: Google Play