The Review: Paying for Google Play Music All Access

I have not been been much of a fan of Google’s play into music — but today, I think I might just change my mind with my new “Google Play Music All Access” subscription.  The new service is an odd dog, to be sure, but it seems to be worth both its bark and its bite so far.

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Why Google Music was Dead to Me the Day it Debuted Yesterday

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.

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Piping New Music: From Amazon to iTunes to Google Music to Spotify

Yesterday, it was announced that Spotify will tightly integrate with Facebook.  That’s great for sharing music, but if you want to buy music instead of just taste-testing on Spotify, then you should really check out the Amazon.com MP3 Store.

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Bye Bye Pandora and iTunes: The Spotify Review

I signed up for Spotify on Friday, and after only a few days of use, I’m ready to forsake my years with Pandora and iTunes.  Spotify covers those music services with ease and then beats them in the belly of the very beast in which they long to live: Customizability and Variety. With the $10.00USD a month Premium version of Spotify, I can stream high bit rate music and download 3,333 songs each to three separate portable devices like an iPad or an iPhone for non-streaming, offline, listening.  The Spotify library has more than 15,000,000 songs and using Spotify makes me feel as I did when I was using Rhapsody before I had to give up that music service in my move to Mac computers.

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Bumping Your Head Against Comcast Data Caps

On September 5, 2008 I wrote an article — Comcast Kills the Internets – explaining, in detail, why Comcast’s broadband data cap of 250 gigs a month was a terrible idea set to freeze us all in their time and space for what we can and cannot do on the internet in the future.  Today, less than three years later, that prediction has horrifically come true.  When I read in Ozymandias that a user had been cut off from Comcast broadband and given a one year death penalty, I was alarmed, because I knew my concern had come true.  I checked “Users & Settings” on the Comcast website to check my account and broadband usage.

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The Google Music Beta Tutorial

Yesterday afternoon, I was delighted to open my Inbox to find this glorious invitation to join the Google Music beta!  Google Music is a cloud storage locker for music you already own.  You must upload all your music to the Google servers to have Google then stream it back for you at your convenience.  There is not currently a way to purchase music from Google and have it stored in your locker.  The service is currently free, but you are limited to storing 20,000 songs.  I clicked on the “Get Started” button to begin my musical Google journey!

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