Google Music ‘All Access’ has now been in the United Kingdom for a while. So if you haven’t yet made the choice between Google or Spotify for your streaming music hopefully this will help you decide.
|Standalone Player (PC app)||No||Yes|
|Device Support||Currently Android Only. IOS client on the way. Can be used via the web client.||IOS/Android/Mac/Windows/Linux|
|Library Import||Yes||Local media only|
|Third Party Apps||No||Yes|
|Play List Sharing||Google+ mainly||Yes, lots of methods|
|Last Fm Support||By plugin / other app||Yes|
|Device Integration||Google Only||Third Party Supported|
|Number of offline clients||10||2 (Mobile/PC)|
|Cost Per Month||£7.99||£9.99*|
* Based on Spotify premium which has the same features as Google Music.
Well, I switched over to Google music. For me the missing features in Google Music were not worth the extra £2.99 for Spotify Premium. I do hope though that Google does eventually make an API and let’s developers make extensions. But for me it is no deal breaker.
The GUI of Google Music is simple but effective. The same for the Android app as well. But both function very well and the browser version also works with HTML 5.
Google does need to get it’s act in order though. Spotify is leading the race in being a house hold name. It has been around for longer and it has now being bundled with services like mobile plans or cable plans. With this plan Spotify will alternately attract more customer than Goole All Access and with more customers be a better deal with the music labels. Google has the money but Spotify has the customer base.
Addition: Device Integration :
Another point that one of my friends reminded me about is that Spotify also has much greater support when it comes to hardware integration. There are companies like Sonas that offer speaker sets that contain a Spotify client. This can be controlled via a mobile device like a remote using the Spotify App. Another example of simple integration across devices.
Google started going this way with it’s Nexus Q but that was not met with any great support. They even started with the Chromecast and Google Tv’s but from a consumer point of view I would think that the simplicity of a speaker set with it ready to go out the box is a lot more tempting. This is music and people want to keep these things separate.