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The lack of excellent recommendations is actually not as bad as it may seem. Users can explore music by browsing related artists. Really, isn’t that what recommendations are all about? If you’re in the mood to listen to a certain artist, you very well might want to hear similar music. Google Play Music presents a wide array of related artists. This is how I discover new music, and it is easy to do with Google Play Music. I have discovered new artists that even the snobbiest art-rock aficionado is unaware of. This capability more than makes up for sub-par recommendations on the Listen Now screen. It would be convenient to have more related artists offered as recommendations in one central location — the Listen Now screen.
Google Play Music New Releases Not Personalized
When an artist you like releases or reissues an album, you most likely want to know about it. Unfortunately, Google Play Music doesn’t do this very well. Browsing the new releases simply displays a collection of music I don’t care about. I really don’t care about the new Brittney Spears album. I understand that a lot of people do. Unfortunately, Google Play Music can’t make that delineation. While Google Play Music offers a recommended new releases section, it only offers one album from a band with the same name as another band I like. It’s quite clear that this algorithm needs some work.
Spotify is excellent when it comes to personalized new releases. Their Browse screen offers “new releases for you” and it’s just that — new albums that you will actually enjoy. They even email you when they get a new album that you’ll probably like. This is the thing I miss most about Spotify. I still get those emails, but now I listen to the album on Google Play Music. The funny thing is, Google Play Music already had a lot of these albums. That’s why I will stick with Google Play Music. When it comes down to it, they have 5 million more songs than their competitors. I simply have access to more music. That’s the most important thing!
Google Play Music Is the Best Music Subscription Service
All music subscription services are similar, but not equal. Google Play Music, Spotify and Apple Music all charge the same monthly subscription fee, even for family plans. Google Play Music simply gives you more for your money with fewer frustrations. You get over 5 million more songs than Spotify or Apple Music. This is a huge advantage. Google Play Music subscribers also get a free YouTube Red account and access to YouTube Music. Yes, the media acts as though Google Play Music doesn’t even exist. All you hear about is Spotify and Apple Music. When you get over the hype, Google Play Music is far better than its competitors. Go for the free trial, and I think you will agree. Google Play Music is the best music subscription service!