Unless you're getting old, you probably know that online music via streaming has revolutionized the way we listen to our favorite songs and bands, overthrowing MP3 and obviously leaving CDs in the past.
With Spotify as their leader, there are many different services that offer us millions of songs from their catalogs accessible by means of just a simple Internet connection. Apart from the above-mentioned Swedes, we have to point out Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, Rdio, Tidal (that offers audio in Hi-Fi quality), and Google obviously couldn't be missing.
Originally Google's music store
The Google Play Music app started off similar to iTunes as an online music store where we could purchase and download any song or full album in MP3 format. But it evolved until it ended up adopting the streaming business model and now offers us all a huge catalog of online songs.
Over 40 million songs ready to be listened to.
So to its store and music file manager, we have to add functions to listen to music on the go on your Android, whether a smartphone or tablet, by simply downloading the APK. Among the features included in this app we can highlight the following:
- Catalog with over 40 million songs.
- Possibility to play music offline, without an Internet connection.
- Quick access to your favorite songs: with Google Play Music you can access your entire music collection from several devices.
- Comfortable view of the music collection with the possibility to see the album covers and thumbnails on the lists.
- Synchronize songs with your personal collection.
- Random uninterrupted playback of songs, also available offline.
- Automatic creation of mixes with your favorite songs thanks to the Instant Mixes function.
Google Play Music vs Spotify: which one's better
We knew you would end up asking that question. The truth is that we prefer Spotify. Their price is similar but the Swedish application offers us the possibility to try it out free for a month, unlike Google's alternative. The prices are almost identical: about €10 for an individual subscription and about €15 the family subscription that allows up to 6 users at the same time.
Another aspect that tilts the balance towards Spotify is its desktop app for PC. Whilst they offer us versions of their app for Windows and Mac (as well as iPhone and iPad, of course), Google doesn't. However, you can access the service from your browser and listen to your collection of songs in MP3 format wherever you go.
What's new in the latest version
- You can now transfer your music collection from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in view of the future shut-down of this service.