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No GoogleMusic invite yet? Me neither, but found an interim solution!
I am certain I am not the only one that frantically hopped online the day GoogleMusic Beta went live. I requested my invite same day as release and still nothing. I have read from other sites that the invites are rolling out but the only people I have actually confirmed that have it are those that went to Google I|O or have close family/friend ties to someone in Google. I am not saying that no Average Joes out there have gotten one yet but I think it is safe to say they (Google) are not replying to all of the MASSIVE amount of requests yet.
Anywho, I came across an already established music solution for the interim.... Audiogalaxy. I read about it in a post on Android Central and was quite shocked I had never heard of it before. Simple idea, you install a very small helper app on your computer at home where all of your music is. You simply direct this to your music library. ALL of your music is then served from that computer to your android device and played through a pretty well-developed music app (found in the market). No cables, no wires, no problem. You can also access and stream all of your music from any web browser anywhere.
The phone app is quite nice. Simple and functional design that does not look too bad. There is only a minimal (and I mean like 1-2 seconds literally) of buffer before the music plays and the audio quality is suprisingly GREAT. The music streams with no hissing, gaps or pauses and works great on 3G, 4G or wifi. You can build and edit playlist right from the phone. It will also make "genius" playlists based on a single song. Furthermore, you can share with Facebook and Twitter. It also will pull in and display accurate ID3 tags and album art if you did not have those already (but it does not alter your actual files at all). Did I mention the service is completely FREE and allows you stream a library up to 200,000 songs!
A few cons to note: unlike GM, you must have a data connection to play the music, period. Also, because the music is served from your computer (and not the cloud like in GM) that computer must be turned on and not hibernating. This does not happen to be a problem for me as I have a Windows Home Server where my music backup is and this is always turned on. So, if you have a WHS then audiogalaxy becomes even more of an attractive option.
Overall I have to say that GM will be a far more advanced service specifically because it will allow off-line access to items you have recently played, commonly played and specifically want. BUT I does not change the fact that GM is still not readily available...yet. In the meantime Audiogalaxy provides us with a free, simple and functional way to carry our entire music library in our pockets (as long as we have a data connection that is)
Cheers and happy listening!
I have included a few screenshots.
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