Thursday, November 17, 2011

Handheld Music Wars

iTunes Match < Google Music  as of 11/17/11

     Seems Apple has made a google-music clone, and of course Apple is making people pay for it, but interestingly enough many Apple fans are upset at the ability to allow your own music/content to be pushed to the service (a la Google Music).  As if every song is purchasable in the world, and it's also on iTunes for them to pay Apple for it.  Boasting a 25$ a year price tag, not very accessible to their users, and it seems there are some restrictions for putting your own music up, like a 256kb/s quality min. in their ACC format.  Somewhat of a bummer seeing most people record their backups at half that quality to preserve space...

     At the same time, Google Music leaves beta, and offers anyone 20,000 songs at any quality (even ogg and flac lossless, and the lowest quality mp3) on any platform be it iPhone or Android.  To top it all off it's also free, at the same time Google also announced that it would also begin to sell music on their online store for all those who didn't buy it before (or it was DRM[from iTunes] and couldn't be used) or feel that they need to pay some other company than the record label for the music.

     I'm curious to see how Apple's new service is adopted and grows, seems like a great idea, and more open to a DRM free world for once.  Hopefully this will also push Google to improve their handheld music department and as well their online music store.

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