First Look At Google Music: Our Favourite Features

First Look At Google Music: Our Favourite Features

Google just unveiled its new cloud music service to the world, and we’ve checked out the beta to see how it works. Here’s a tour of some of our favourite features.

Google’s new music service aims to make all your music available everywhere you go. You can upload up to 20,000 songs, and play them back in any desktop web browser as well as the new music player on Android. It goes above and beyond the call of duty to include some extra features, too, like a Genius-like playlist creator and thumbs up/thumbs down tool for easy shuffling of your favourite music. Here’s a look at how it works. (Note that right now only US customers can sign up to the service, and they need an invite; there’s no firm word on an Australian release date, though given that the service uses your own music, licensing issues shouldn’t slow it down.)

Signing Up

Once you get your invite to the beta, you’ll be able to sign into the service at http://music.google.com. It’ll first ask you for your favourite genres of music, and give you some free song packs to try out that match your tastes. It’s a nice touch, especially if you just want to see how the player works before you go uploading all your music. Once it’s done, it’ll prompt you to download the Music Manager to start uploading your music.

Uploading Your Music

Google’s Music Manager tool is available for both Windows and Mac, and will import music straight from iTunes, Windows Media Player, or a folder on your computer. After signing in with your Google Music account, you can tell it where you store your music, and even have it watch for changes. That way, whenever you add new music to those folders or to your desktop client, it’ll automatically upload those tracks to Google Music as well, so you don’t have to worry about it later.