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Google ups free Play Music cloud storage limit to 50,000 songs

by Mark Tyson on 26 February 2015, 12:50

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Play Music free locker boost

Google has announced that it is adding more free Play Music cloud storage space for users, upping the limit of its free 'locker' service from 20,000 tracks per user to 50,000.

The service gives users an option to upload and stream their music to any device, without having to rely solely on Google's collection, especially useful if they own tracks that it lacks. The offer works independently from Google's All Access and Music Key subscription, so it is not compulsory to become a paying customer to receive it.

The significant increase will certainly place the search giant in front of its music streaming rivals, and will be effective immediately. The new limit doubles the amount of tracks Apple is allowing users to upload with iTunes Match as part of the premium service users have to pay $24.00 annually for. Amazon, on the other hand, lets consumers store a paltry 250 songs in its cloud for free, whilst its paid subscribers have a 250,000 track limit.

We believe that the 50,000 track storage space will be more than enough for the average music lover to upload their entire music collection. Tracks uploaded will be accessible from all supported devices, and can even be downloaded to your device for offline listening.

Google has provided some instructions for users, including those who have not previously used Google Play Music's locker service, to help them get started. Check out the step-by-step instructions here.

YouTube has yet to become profitable

Despite attracting over 1 billion users each month, Google's online-video unit YouTube has posted financial figures that indicate it has yet to become a profitable business. According to the Wall Street Journal, YouTube did not contribute to Mountain View's earnings - even though it accounted for around 6 per cent of Google's overall ad sales last year.

The Journal blames the site's struggle on its limited reach. One source estimated that 9 per cent of viewers account for a massive 85 per cent of online-video views, making it less appealing for advertisers than traditional TV programming. Also the costs of maintaining the bandwidth-heavy video hosting site are rather high.



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Yeah, but …. it's Google.

Personally, I don't care what carrots Google dangle, they can shove it. 20k songs or 20 billion songs, either way, not interested.
Saracen
Yeah, but …. it's Google.

Personally, I don't care what carrots Google dangle, they can shove it. 20k songs or 20 billion songs, either way, not interested.

I appreciate peoples opinions about Google, mostly because it's a reaction to facts. They do use our personal data for a plethora of things and some of it's a bit grey IMHO.

However, I think there music services is really fantastic, it's defiantly there best service if you ask me. It's a relatively high quality stream on your phone(and other devices) for a reasonable monthly fee for there catalogue. Or you can just listen to your own music for free, and you can know store a lot more songs. (I've only got about 4000 on there so it's a pointless change for me !)

I think we should all be very careful about what personal data we do share with the internet and large corporate bodies, however, the fact I listen to spice girls on my way home on Friday nights isn't up there… Maybe you just don't want people knowing you like Nickleback :P
Saracen
Yeah, but …. it's Google.

Personally, I don't care what carrots Google dangle, they can shove it. 20k songs or 20 billion songs, either way, not interested.

And I'm sure they don't give a rats ass about you either. If you don't like them why comment?

For me it's great, I was getting near to the 20,000 track limit but this covers me properly now.
probedb
And I'm sure they don't give a rats ass about you either. If you don't like them why comment?

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I'm sure they don't give a rats about my opinion, but like everyone else, they consider themselves entitled to collect, use or abuse personal data about me without my permission.

Why comment? You may have failed to notice, but this it's a discussion forum. Comment, whether positive or negative, is what peoole do. If you don't like my comment, why comment on that? Because you wanted to, right? Well, me too.