Google Play Music Releases Scan-And-Match In U.S.

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 20, 2012 07:23 AM EST

Share This Story

  • Print
  • Email

Google Play Music is easily one of the many noteworthy additions by Google to its Android operating system, and the company, nearly every day, makes its intentions of providing the best service clearer by continuously adding more for users to reap benefit from.

Follow us

Google Play has been a suitable way for Android users to store their music in the cloud, as long as they wouldn’t mind uploading all their files to Google’s servers. However, sometimes due to slow Internet, the process may look seem like a pretty tiresome prospect, and now Google has introduced the scan-and-match technology to Google Play Music in the U.S. that will let users add songs to their Play library without needing to upload them all.

“Add up to 20,000 songs from your music collection to Google Play and stream it to your Android devices and your computer, anywhere you go,” the official Google Plus page states. “Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud - all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.”

Sometimes the uploading process takes forever due to slow Internet or slow uplink on the Internet connection, and this creates an ever bigger problem when dealing with a pretty vast music collection. Keeping this in mind, the new changes introduced by Google seem to be a better alternative.

It also seems like Google followed in Apple’s footsteps. Apple earlier familiarized many of its users with scan-and-add-to-library technology with its iTunes Match, with Google doing the same for its European Play Music users. Now, finally, the same feature is also available to users in U.S.

Users will just need to scan their computer’s music library with Google’s app, and it will add those same tracks to the user’s cloud-based Google Play Music collection without the need to upload. However, this will only work assuming it finds a match. Noetheless, what’s pretty impressive about the feature is that the tracks on Google’s server are at 320kbps quality, in case the user stored them at a lesser bitrate.

An update to the information regarding the current feature, per an Engadget report, states: “Google confirmed that any VBR files matched by the service will be re-downloaded as CBR files with a bitrate that's slightly higher than the average bitrate of the original song. This is obviously a drawback if you're currently relying on the service to backup your music collection.”

Get the Most Popular Mobile&Apps Stories in a Weekly Newsletter

Join Our Conversation

Smartphones
Samsung Galaxy S6 concept design Samsung Galaxy S6 to rock full-metal body, ‘dual-edge’ curved display?
Microsoft announces Lumia Denim update hitting Windows 8.1 devices in early 2015
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra reportedly en route with whopping specs, 13-inch display
Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Edge to get Android 5.0.1 Lollipop
Tablet / Laptop / PC
Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Dell unveils Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablets
Retina iPad Mini facing delays, may not launch until early next year
Refurbished 128GB iPad with Retina Display now available on the Apple Online Store
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition: Pricing and availability now official
Gadgets
Amazon Logo Amazon reportedly to launch ‘Firetube’ set-top box before 2013 holidays
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear India launch: Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy Gear Android smartwatch now up for pre-order in Canada
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 reportedly in the works already, may debut at CES or MWC 2014
OS / Software
HTC Logo HTC reportedly considering Android/Windows Phone dual-booting smartphone as Microsoft pushes for deeper Windows mobile integration
iOS 7 Chrome Incognito mode leaks private searches due to bug
Sprint HTC One Android 4.3 Jelly Bean already rolling out, AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon to follow
Microsoft Windows 8.1 now available for pre-order
Internet / Social Media
Google Downtime Google blacks out for two minutes, causes 40 percent drop in world’s Internet traffic
Xbox Music web player is live and ready for Xbox Music Pass subscribers
Facebook Android app collected phone numbers even if users never logged in
Firefox 22 brings support for web video calls, 3D gaming, and Unreal Engine 3
What's App
Amazon Prime Now Amazon Prime Now service rocks NYC, offers fast deliveries within the hour
Flipboard for Windows Phone finally available, but requires 1GB of RAM (VIDEO)
Vine gets major update, lets you upload previously-shot videos & more (VIDEO)
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally hits Windows Phone – Available as a free download now

Most Popular

Copyright © 2014 Mobile & Apps All rights reserved. mobilenapps
Real Time Analytics