A-GOGGLE ABOUT GOOGLE MUSIC

google playWe’ve been fans of the Spotify online music service since the days before Gregorian chants. But now — gasp! — dare we say it: Google Play All Access may be better.

To back up a few bars, Spotify lets you listen to just about anything you can think of (no, not that), then add it to a saved collection. We have a classical list, rock list, Broadway hits and so on. Some of the lists we get from other users who made theirs public. (Yes, see what the guy across the hall is playing.) We edit out the pieces or tunes we don’t like.

Google Play All Access is available in a 30-day free trial; full price is $10 a month. It has a library of millions of tunes and allows you to add in music stored on your computer, and make it available from any device you happen to use. This is possible also in Spotify, but a little more difficult to do.

If like us you have Spotify playlists that you don’t want to lose by switching to Google Play All Access, there’s a free utility called Portify that will transfer your Spotify list to Google Play. (Don’t you just love the word “Portify?” Seriously. How about “portifyable?)

The free version of Google Play doesn’t let you call up a selection and add it to your collection. But what you can do is upload music you already own, up to 20,000 items, which can then be listened to from any device. (All you people with more than 20,000 tunes, sonatas, chants, whatever are going to have to start cutting back.)

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