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

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

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.

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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.”

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