Last year Google introduced Music, now bundled-up under the new Play name, as its cloud-based music locker system. In addition to songs purchased through Google’s store, users can upload tracks from their own collections to keep on Google’s servers and later stream from anywhere. The service is surprisingly flexible, supporting FLAC and OGG files in addition to the more common MP3. The only major limitation we’ve known about has been the 20,000 song limit on building up your personal library. There might just be other restrictions Google hasn’t yet publicly discussed, as we look at a report of a user running into a “streaming limit exceeded” error.
Google’s never said anything about there being a limit to just how much data you’re allowed to pull down from the Google Music servers, nor if there are restrictions on things like how often you can play a particular track. Nevertheless, this streaming error seems to be legitimate, as there’s a support page up which specifically addresses the message. Sadly, it doesn’t offer any insight into exactly what kind of restrictions are in effect, only that they have to do with streaming.
We’ve got a feeling that maybe Google had been thinking about employing streaming limits, so the functionality to enforce them is in place within Google Music, but ultimately decided not to impose them upon its users. Now, for whatever reason, perhaps some glitches are causing the warning to pop-up from time to time. We’re hoping Google will offer some sort of comment soon and shed some light on the issue.