Google Play Music has been a convenient way for Android users to store their music in the cloud, so long as you didn’t mind uploading all your files to Google’s servers. While that’s not a huge pain for many of us, if you’ve got a really slow uplink on your internet connection, and you’re dealing with a pretty vast music collection, you might have been hoping for a better alternative; maybe more to the point, why do things the hard way when there are more modern ways to get things done? Apple familiarized many of us with scan-and-add-to-library technology with its iTunes Match, and Google delivered a similar solution to European Play Music users last month. Now that same system comes to the US, letting users add songs to their Play library without needing to upload them all.
Just scan your computer’s music library with Google’s app, and it will add those same tracks to your cloud-based Google Play Music collection without the need to upload (assuming it finds a match, of course; you may be out of luck for your out-of-print underground Japanese imports). What’s especially nice is that the tracks on Google’s server are at 320kbps quality, in case you slacked-off when ripping your own discs and stored them at a lesser bitrate.
For now, there’s no word on when this might be available in Canada, or elsewhere.