I’ve been a Google Music Beta user since the product first arrived six months or so ago. Yesterday, Google Music lost its “Beta” tag and went live and that’s why this morning — after trying the new service for less than a day — I am un-pinning my Google Music Chrome browser tab and forgetting all about the service. Google Music is now useless to me. Google Music is dead to me.
Yesterday, I was sort of thrilled to hear there would be a Google press conference discussing music. I was looking forward to a lifting of the 20,000 song limit and easier ways to import and export music.
Boy, was I disappointed. There’s still a hard and nasty limit of only 20,000 songs. Importing and exporting music is a real drag — even when using the Google Music Match program on your computer to facilitate the process.
I purchased a few albums from the Android Market music store as a demonstration of good faith — I like the 320kbps default bit rate for songs — but the music did not download to my computer. All the free music downloaded, but not the stuff I paid for — so I had to download each track individually and then put them in a common folder and manually add it all to iTunes and then Amazon. Now that was a hassle!
I have been disappointed by the 20,000 song limit. I’ve repeatedly asked Google about it during the beta and they have ignored my inquiries. Google Music says I currently have 20,565 songs. That 565 songs too many — I guess Google doesn’t count the free music as part of that total, and I know they don’t count Google Music Android Market purchases against you — but as I was soon to discover this morning, Google Music limits your music in a sneaky way.
As I was rooting around the Music Manager to figure out why my new purchases were not being downloaded, I saw a hotlink notification that 2,220 songs had not be uploaded. That was a change from the standard 1,800 songs I had in DRM-limbo.
When I clicked on the link to get more information, I was surprised to see that Google Music had — at some time over the last week or so — decided I had 2,220 “too many files” in my account!
I received no warning.
I wasn’t asked if I wanted to make room for more music by deleting all the free music from Google Music. There’s no easy way to mass delete or mass download files from Google Music.
I’m a little angry I have 2,220 songs on my computer sitting dead because Google Music won’t upload them to my account. Amazon Cloud player will. iTunes will. Google will not — and that’s a deal breaker for me.
Now my Music Piping Plan changes a bit. Amazon updated their MP3 Downloader yesterday and ruined a good thing. I can’t download new purchases. That’s okay, actually, because I prefer Apple’s 256kpbs to Amazon’s, and now with iTunes Match, Apple offers much broader, and better, coalescence of intention between my iOS devices.
Now I’ll go back to purchasing all my music from iTunes so everything goes straight into iCloud and doesn’t count against my 25,000 songs limit. Then, once a week or so, I’ll fire up the Amazon MP3 Uploader — that one still works for now! — and have it scan my iTunes library for new songs to upload. I have unlimited MP3 storage on Amazon. Then, I’ll let Google’s Music Manager continue to remotely identify new music in my iTunes library and then refuse to upload it to my account. I will not buy new music from Google again. I’m stuck with just a music locker with them that is frozen in time by Google because of a hard songs count that I have no way to manage or alter.