Music Beta by Google was one of the most important announcements at Google I/O, and we have all been waiting impatiently to get our taste of Google’s new toy. The same morning that this long awaited service was unveiled, its official site went up, allowing everyone to request an invitation to be part of Google Music’s beta testing. Well, it seems that the time has come, and many of those that requested invites, have been receiving them today (Not me… Yet).
Music beta may be Google’s main attraction for now, being its new toy, but we tend to forget that it is still in beta. In fact, the service started having its first issues yesterday. Google Music showed its imperfections for a 3-4 hour period, when new invitees were unable to access the Google Music Manager (uploading tool). New users started reporting that the music manager would ask them to log in repeatedly, despite the fact that they already were. Also, Music Beta’s site started displaying the following message: “Your computer or network may be sending automated queries.To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.” We have to remember that we are signing up for a beta product, so we should expect some issues, but Google will be working hard to fix them. Aside from these issues, users seem to be very satisfied, and it is definitely exciting that Google is allowing us to check it out.
Though Amazon beat Google and Apple on releasing a cloud music player, all of us (Android enthusiasts) have been waiting for Google Music to show up. The Amazon Cloud Player is not bad at all, but it is a given that Google Music should simply work better, and be more integrated with the Android platform. The uploading process is very slow with Amazon, and it seems like Google has done a better job at this. Music Beta accomplishes this by giving you a piece of software that will upload your 20,000 songs to Google’s servers more seamlessly, as opposed to Amazon, which requires you to do it through your web browser (at a very slow rate).
Have you guys gotten some love from Google yet? If you have received the invite, please let us know how Google Music is working for you! If not, sit tight and wait with me, hopefully we will get it soon. Also, check out Chris’ introduction video about Music Beta for a good look at what Google has in store for us.