If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I love my Android. While iPhones have ruled the roost for the past few years, the Android platform has a much greater growth potential simply due to a greater number of devices and a more friendly developer experience. However, my main gripe has been the lack of a good music service. Well no more! Google’s recently announced cloud-based music service gives users the music experience that they have been missing on their Android.
Finally a reason to stop using iTunes
While it is currently not available for everyone to download, Google has provided screenshots and videos to satiate the masses. So what are the first impressions of the service? Well, it’s a lot like iTunes. I suppose this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise being that people are comfortable with that type of interface. It is worth noting that Google is not trying to reinvent the wheel here, they are just giving it an engine. Sound a little pretentious? The worst aspect of using iTunes is that you really only have it on one computer and then have a limit to the amount of devices that can access that music. With an ever growing list of devices slowly overtaking my life why should you have to pick and choose which play your music?
It’s my music and I want it now!
Assuming that you legally own all of your music (ahem…) you should be able to use it how you want. If someone buys a CD they are able to play it in any device has a CD player. We all end up paying just as much, if not more for digital music. Why do we not have the same rights the content that we own? Google seeks to address this issue, at least to some extent. As the Android market place matures and more devices connect to it, people will be able to access their music (and soon movies!) everywhere. Even though this content is in the cloud you will be able load up a queue of content that will be available for offline viewing as well.
Google wants you in the cloud
All this follows Google’s ultimate goal to be as synonymous with the cloud as Microsoft is with the desktop. Google has a clear vision that places cloud computing as the future of the tech industry. This is a vision that I wholeheartedly agree with. Device technology is reaching a point where the average user does not really need top of the line hardware to accomplish what they need to when they boot up their computers (ie. browse Facebook). Nearly everything is done online and desktop based software is quickly becoming obsolete. Coincidentally, I am currently writing this article using Google Docs not Microsoft Word. The ability to access and edit this article from my work computer, my laptop and my phone is reason enough.
So hats off to you Google and I’ll see you all in the cloud!