Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Google Music

There was a time when I was really into music. I was going to concerts regularly with my besty of the time. Even after I moved away I would still make it back to see a show.

Then it just dropped off. The kids and I started listening to podcasts instead of music – there’s some really entertaining and informative podcasts out there.

As you know, I’ve been a longtime fan of all things Google. I’ve used most of the stuff they offer. For some reason Google Music just didn’t hold any appeal for me. I’ve been buying what little music I buy from Amazon. I’ve used their service to play music but mostly I just listen to podcasts.

Google Music came along and I half assed set it up then just stopped the client from running. I wasn’t using it and I rarely listened to music anymore.

I have to admit my coming back to Google Music for a second run had a lot to do with Amazon discontinuing their free upgrade to Premium service just by buying an album or two over the course of a year. I don’t know why they stopped that but I can’t get a fraction of my music library on their service now without having to pay. I already give Amazon enough of my money. I just can’t justify doing that when Google Music is free.

I recently bought a Bluetooth Speaker dock for my phone. Mostly I just charged the phone and played podcasts. Then I started using it to play Amazon Music – I buy a lot of those 99 classical pieces for 99c deals they have all the time.

For some reason I forgot that my Zenbook has BT, d’oh. Connected the laptop to the speakers and OMG what a huge improvement. I decided to download all my Amazon music and upload it to Google Music. No need to have both services.

The more I use Google Music the more I find to like about it. I just found the mixes based on a song in your collection. These are awesome sauce! I stroll through my Google Music home page and I’ll spot a mix based on a song I love and away I go.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up on my podcasts. They are awesome in the car. But, when I’m home I’m usually listening to my Google Music via BT from the Zenbook to my Philips speakers.

Now, if you don’t have a big library of music then you are probably better off with a streaming service but if you haven’t tried Google Music you should definitely give it a try. I’m finding all these songs and artists I used to love. I’m slowly getting back my love for music.

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