Google Music gripes

Posted Aug 29, 2012 at 10:16 am in Threads > Entertainment

I’ve been meaning to try out new music apps for my phone, but given that I don’t have a micro-SD slot (Nexus S), putting all my music on my phone is not an option. And I haven’t been ready to pay for a service yet (I might soon be with my new job). Anyway, because of those reasons, it’s been a fight between Google Music and Amazon MP3, and let’s face it, Google Music wins hands down.

But using the app for extended periods of time, I’ve come across some pretty big gripes that I have for the software.

Can’t edit album info or song info in-app
This is probably the biggest gripe. I’m usually listening to music on the go, and I usually find something wrong when I’m listening to music (again, on the go), so if I could edit the info when I see it, that would be so great for both my library’s and my mind’s sake. Unfortunately, you can only do this from the web app.

Can’t delete songs or albums from app
This is pretty similar, except it’s almost worst. I can understand not being able to edit a track on a mobile; there could be some pretty bad things that could happen while doing this. But not allowing us to delete songs or albums that appear on the app that showcases our music is just ridiculous.

Better info/stats for music
Pretty basic. I’d just like to see more info from the app. Total song count, song details (format, size, etc.), album details, etc. Telling us how many songs is in a playlist is pretty standard, IMHO.

Better desktop app
The desktop app is just meant to track your library of music and that’s it, I get that. But it could use some refinements too. Like remembering which album I’ve deleted from the web app to not put it back in. This is a fairly small one, but a few fixes wouldn’t hurt either.

If you have a few yourself, chime in in the comments. Or yell at me and tell me how I should be using the app instead of complaining about it here.

  • Jesse Moreno

    Funny — I launched the Play Store this morning to finally give Play Music a (bad) rating but the store never loaded thanks to my monthly data throttling.  So yes, I’ve got a couple gripes with the app as well.  And for me to say that about a Google product means it must really be doing something wrong.

    First, the playlist loves to play games with me.  I listen to my music via Bluetooth frequently and every now and then when I disconnect the Bluetooth, the playlist suddenly forgets it ever existed.  As you all probably know, after disconnecting the headset the music pauses.  But if I press Play on the Music widget to continue playing over the phone’s speaker, the playlist either comes up completely empty or starts playing a random song from my library.  Not cool, especially when it’s a wicked awesome song.

    Second, what’s with the faux caching of the songs, Google?  How come the song I listened to this morning has to suddenly re-download as if I’ve never listened to it or at least not in a long time?  This does wonders for my 5GB monthly cap, just FYI.  (And to T-Mobile’s new Truly Unlimited Data Plan: You cannot get here fast enough.)

    Lastly, I don’t know what’s going on with your desktop app, geiko.  Whatever I delete from my Play Music library doesn’t re-import.  Are you changing any of the properties of the original music on your PC?  If so, the desktop app interprets this as new music and of course imports it.  If the problem persists you might want to check the Troubleshooting site or contact Google.  I had to once before and they were pretty helpful.

    So…  TL;DR?  Alright then in a nutshell: the playlist erases itself almost daily and music doesn’t stay cached for more than a day.  Anyone else?

    Ok I’m done.  That felt good.  Must get to work now.

  • Adam Jones

    I just wrote a thread on AudioGalaxy cause if the probes I have with Google Play. Though some of your ideas AudioGalaxy can’t handle either like renameing on the go through app. But check it out. It saves playlists very well.