Dear Steve Jobs,
You are dead and there is a greater chance of your haunting my house now than there was of you dialing my number to ask for my opinion about iTunes while you were alive.
If you would had the resolve and temerity to have done so I might have hung up on you because I wouldn’t have believed that it was actually you calling. However if you had called back I would have told you that I like iTunes and use it daily. And then I would have told you why I don’t like the iPhone and how Apple products are overpriced.
We would have gotten along splendidly.
My current phone of choice is the Motorola DroidX. It is not a perfect phone but it does many things well and I have it equipped with an 8GB memory card that has thousands of songs on it. But I love music and I want more so I signed up for Google Music today. I listen to music all day long virtually every where I go so it seemed silly to meÂ not to try and take advantage of their services.
Here, take a look at this excerpt:
Listen anywhere, even offline
You can get to your personal music collection at home or on the go. Listen from the web or yourÂ Android 2.2+ phone or tabletÂ with theÂ Music appÂ available from Android Market. Not online? No problem. You can select the specific albums, artists and playlists you want to have available when you’re not connected. And the songs you’ve recently played will automatically be available offline.
You can also access the Google Music player from your mobile browser if your device is iOS 4.0 or above. Just like you would on a computer, simply visitÂ music.google.comÂ from your device’s web browser to access the Google Music player.
Stay in sync, without the hassle
Spend more time listening to your music and less time managing it. Once your music is online, it’s always available. Playlists are automatically kept in sync, and you don’t have to worry about cables, file transfers, or running out of storage space.
Your collection, now in one place
Upload up to 20,000 songs from your personal music collection, even if they’re scattered across multiple computers. You can upload music files from any folder or add your iTunesÂ® library and all of your playlists. And when you add new music to your computer, you can automatically add it to your music collection online.
That is 20,000 songs hosted for free. I couldn’t pass that up but I have to admit that the music store is thinner than I would like it to be. But if I can use it in conjunction with iTunes well that makes a significant difference now doesn’t it.
And those tunes are important to me. I am busting my ass to try and write a book. That link is to one rendering of it, about 14,000 words or so. But that blog has far more in it as do some of the other blogs I run.
Uploading songs to Google Music is slower than I would like it to be. It feels a bit like 14.4 Baud but since it is not 1998 that is probably not accurate.
I am excited about this. I see real potential. I use a ton of Google products, Gmail, Calendar, G+, Maps and more. Brin and Page should call me and say thank you because I help to keep them outfitted in their mansions. Me, I am just a simple man of the people who likes tech and gadgets.
Well, the good news to you Ghost of Steve Jobs is that I am not completely sold on this. But I wouldn’t say that I don’t like it either. What I know is that it has a good feel to it and it appears to provide a useful solution to some of my challenges and that makes for a happy customer.
Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted about this.