“Google’s Music Beta is supposed to provide users with a way to access their music anywhere, anytime as easily as physically possible,” Matthew Lynley reports for VentureBeat. “But it’s just not that easy.”
“I’ve spent the past few hours trying to navigate my way through Music Beta and ended up finding new frustrations at nearly every turn,” Lynley reports. “Music Beta in its current form is far from what we’d expect from a Google product— it’s a web of confusing programs without a lot of instruction as to how to actually get to the music you want to hear.”
MacDailyNews Take: Lynley must not have used a lot of Our Lady of Perpetual Beta’s products; many of them are confusing, half-finished hodgepodges.
Lynley reports, “Google is missing a key part of the cloud music puzzle — the ability to re-download songs from that server somewhere out in the cloud onto other devices, removing the need to physically transfer those files.”
“Music Beta can upload files that I’ve purchased on iTunes. I’m not sure how long Apple would let something like this fly, seeing as it is pretty angsty when it comes to other devices and applications synching up with iTunes. The Palm Pre, for example, tried to pretend it was an iPhone in iTunes, and Apple just changed the software every time to block that feature,” Lynley reports. “We’ve contacted Apple for a comment on the subject but haven’t heard back from them yet.”
Lynley reports, “Google hasn’t flopped just yet. After all, this is a closed beta — it’s only available to U.S. users for the time being and there are plenty of kinks to work out. Still, I’m hoping that my next several hours with the service are more exciting than the catastrophe the first few were.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “qka” for the heads up.]