Cloud Connected - Fun With Google Music Beta

I'm currently nursing a love/hate relationship with Google music beta. Grueling days at the new job sting a bit less with my entire music collection at hand. Unfortunately, uploading 9000 files to Google's cloud service took several excruciating weeks (a story for another time). Although the web interface has decent features, it's still unpleasantly rough and exhibits all the frayed edges of a beta. About half the albums are missing their art, and some display hilariously wrong covers.

(The cover for With Fear I Kiss The Burning Darkness shows Smoky Mountain Christmas. "Raped By the Light of Christ" indeed.)

But it works, and it plays my music with the desired fidelity (I'm a stickler for audio quality). The playlist below was my accompaniment to a particularly gruesome work day. The songs were randomly culled from the metal/punk portion of the music collection.

And yes, I'm on Spotify (you can follow me under the name "atanamar"). And yes, Spotify rules. And no, you can't find all of this music on Spotify (32 of the 52 tracks are available in the U.S. version; you can see that abbreviated playlist here). But Spotify is also a story for another time.

7 comments:

When I was uploading, it kept timing out. Took me a few days to get everything out there. works great, but on my phone the covers show up fuzzy.

dude, are you spying on me? i was killing mommy's little monster and the chemical wedding earlier this week.

sheesh. i haven't even put my whole music collection on my laptop yet, nevermind cloudifying it.

atanamar said...

Time-out errors were about the only errors I didn't get when uploading to google music beta. The short story is that my music collection is filled with bad tags, causing numerous issues (transcoding from FLAC to MP3 with impossible file names, etc.) But it was worth the pain in the end. And I don't have an Android phone so I can't try out the mobile version, unfortunately.

@Andrew - Clearly it was Google that was spying on you, and pushing suggestions into my random music stream. I mean, isn't that what this is all about? Total information ownage? That's why I signed up for a sneak peak at Google underpants beta.

Atanamar, I just joined Spotify, but I am waiting for the Windows Phone app before I start the "cloudifying" process, the prospect of which scares me to no end.

atanamar said...

Dave, I've seen pictures of your music collection. I'm fairly sure you'd need your own dedicated data center and a three year sabbatical to digitize all that music.

Realistically, I'd only digitize and upload a tinty fraction. Perhaps a few hundred albums, at most.

*tiny*

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