Google Play Music now stores 50K songs free, Apple's iTunes Match still at 25K songs for $25/year

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in iPhone edited May 2015
Google Play Music on Wednesday was updated to store up to 50,000 songs in the cloud for free, more than doubling its previous limit of 20,000 songs, and also blowing past the 25,000-song cap of Apple's subscription iTunes Match service.




Google users who use the free Play Music service -- available with an official app for both iPhone and iPad --?can now store up to 50,000 songs for free to stream or download. Songs must first be uploaded from a computer or Mac before they can be accessed from any device.

In contrast, Apple's iTunes Match costs $24.99 per year, and limits matching and uploading to 25,000 songs. Beyond the 25,000 limit, Apple does not accept any more matches or uploads, though traditional iTunes purchases can be added to a user's cloud-based media library.

Amazon also charges $24.99 per year for its premium Amazon Music matching service, but those who upgrade can match or import up to 250,000 songs --?ten times that of iTunes Match.

Apple does up the value proposition by including ad-free iTunes Radio listening for iTunes Match subscribers. But the remaining 25,000 cap puts it behind chief competitors Amazon and Google for users who might have ultra-large music libraries.

Apple's iTunes Match service is flanked by the aforementioned iTunes Radio, which is a Pandora-style music streaming service that creates personalized Internet radio stations. And the company also acquired Beats Music last year, a Spotify-like on-demand subscription streaming service.
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  • Reply 1 of 73
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Your move Apple.
  • Reply 2 of 73
    This magical feature termed "iTunes Match" delightfully has surprised me throughout the years by randomly, and suddenly - without warning - deleted full playlists of music.
  • Reply 3 of 73

    That is nuts. How can you refuse?

  • Reply 4 of 73
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,509member
    Apple really has a lot of catch up to do on the music front now . They have all the cards to make a great service that's not too expensive, I hope it's coming soon as rumored.
  • Reply 5 of 73
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,835member
    I don't know much about it but does this Google system seamlessly play on Apple TVs, iPads, iPhones and Macs for the account holder and all the family? Does it allow playlists to be used in slide shows on Apple TV from Photos? If it does all the afore mentioned then Apple will hopefully soon up its offering to compete better. Personally I don't think $25 a year for what I currently get is bad at all.
  • Reply 6 of 73
    I don't know much about it but does this Google system seamlessly play on Apple TVs, iPads, iPhones and Macs for the account holder and all the family? Does it allow playlists to be used in slide shows on Apple TV from Photos? If it does all the afore mentioned then Apple will hopefully soon up its offering to compete better. Personally I don't think $25 a year for what I currently get is bad at all.
    Speaking for just me, it works great on my iPhone6
  • Reply 7 of 73
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,509member
    I don't know much about it but does this Google system seamlessly play on Apple TVs, iPads, iPhones and Macs for the account holder and all the family? Does it allow playlists to be used in slide shows on Apple TV from Photos? If it does all the afore mentioned then Apple will hopefully soon up its offering to compete better. Personally I don't think $25 a year for what I currently get is bad at all.
    If Apple let it do that it probably would.
  • Reply 8 of 73
    paul94544paul94544 Posts: 1,027member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    I don't know much about it but does this Google system seamlessly play on Apple TVs, iPads, iPhones and Macs for the account holder and all the family? Does it allow playlists to be used in slide shows on Apple TV from Photos? If it does all the afore mentioned then Apple will hopefully soon up its offering to compete better. Personally I don't think $25 a year for what I currently get is bad at all.

    Google is showing signs of desperation, on another topic  I mistakenly start google maps on my phone,  I should have known! , and you know what I was greet with a , "a fricking Ad" I closed it in disgust, screw you Google and your really crappy services

  • Reply 9 of 73
    Why on earth would anyone need more than 25000 matched songs? Every song, movie or TV show I ever bought on the iTunes Store can be streamed or redownload on any of my devices at no charge.
  • Reply 10 of 73
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,792member

    Of course Google is going to give everyone free everything on the internet. Thats their business model. The more space and stuff they give you, the more you're giving them. It's in their best interest to provide as much as possible for "free".

     

    I agree that Apple needs to step up their somewhat pitiful offerings, especially since they've been pushing iCloud integration so hard these passed couple of years. Apple is still at the beginning of building out their data centers, but they are moving at a rapid pace and we will probably see them start offering more for less (or free).  This happened with their software and it'll move to iCloud as well. I think we'll see an announcement when Apple finally releases Photos for OS X with its heavy use of iCloud integration.

  • Reply 11 of 73
    Very easy, I have probably 75% of my songs in iTunes Match, but I’ve been waiting for two+ years now for them to up their limit to more than 25k songs. Amazon’s service has even more, like 150k (IIRC).
  • Reply 12 of 73
    sandorsandor Posts: 488member
    Apple respects my privacy - that alone is worth $25 a year.

    Though, in all respects, i would like to see Apple increasing capacity/limits for things like iTunes Match. What was good at initial announcement is no longer adequate for marketing purposes. I think it would be great if Apple could roll iCloud iTunes Match any other pay services into one package. I am sure the record labels have something to do with that though...
  • Reply 13 of 73

    I just wish that the Play count actually reflected the number of plays for all my media. I find it accurate for music, but not movies or tv, which seem to change arbitrarily. 

     

    Otherwise, I imagine that only a tiny number of people would ever need 25,000 tracks, let alone 50,000. I think tracks bought from iTunes don't count, so it’s only music from CDs or other sources that are restricted. That said, Apple should probably simply make it unlimited for, say $50 a year, and perhaps up the track limit for the current price.

  • Reply 14 of 73
    I view this as good news and will cause positive movement with Apple. Those of us who have large pre-iTunes CD libraries (mine is about 40K tracks not in iTunes) will really enjoy this. Keep in mind apple was first (i believe) with pioneering the match concept, and they got a lot of static from the record labels as you could have a low quality rip in your library and through Match obtain a better quality rip. I think that concern has died down a bit. But as other users have alluded to, I do feel wed to iTunes for my media purchases to keep it in the cloud - the other services work ok on IOS devices, but leave a lot to be desired within the Apple eco-system (yeah there are work arounds, etc.). I use Amazon's service as a media backup, but would love it if it could all be in iTunes.
  • Reply 15 of 73
    I think tracks bought from iTunes don't count, so it’s only music from CDs or other sources that are restricted.

    You are correct, but many of us have collected CD’s over the years and ripped them instead of just buying lots of stuff on iTunes. If they removed the “matched” limitation and the 25k songs only accounted for stuff that needed to be uploaded (which is ridiculously inaccuate, BTW), then 25k would be more than enough for many of us.
  • Reply 16 of 73
    genovelle wrote: »
    Why on earth would anyone need more than 25000 matched songs? Every song, movie or TV show I ever bought on the iTunes Store can be streamed or redownload on any of my devices at no charge.
    The problem isn't needing more than 25K matches songs, the problem is having a music library that is larger than 25K songs to begin with. If you have more than that in your library, iTunes Match won't let you subscribe. It's not like it works for the first 25K then stops, it won't even let you subscribe. Pain in the arse and a completely ridiculous limitation.
  • Reply 17 of 73
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,210member
    I hear Google Play Now music is waterproof too.
  • Reply 18 of 73
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,210member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by genovelle View Post



    Why on earth would anyone need more than 25000 matched songs? Every song, movie or TV show I ever bought on the iTunes Store can be streamed or redownload on any of my devices at no charge.

    That's the key part. I ripped a buncha old CDs, and whammo, all on iTunes Match everywhere.

  • Reply 19 of 73
    So you have 5000 CDs to rip.
  • Reply 20 of 73
    iTunes match is exactly what's in the name, "match". It 'matches" songs with what Apple has on it's iTunes servers. Not simply a "hard drive in the sky", which is exactly what Google's storage increase offers. Nothing more. Google doesn't match. Songs have to be uploaded to the "cloud". Increase storage is just more of the same from Google. iTunes Match is still better. Nice try, though.
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