re: Google Music: 7 Key Facts
As a user of online music subscription services for the last 6 years -- I currently use MOG -- I can't imagine why people continue to shell out as much as a $1 a song (or more) for inferior audio quality at stores like iTunes, Amazon, and, now Google. A $5/mo subscription to MOG (US only at this time) gets you instant access via your desktop browser to virtually all the titles in those stores whenever you want; add your smartphone for another $5/mo. And, unlike the online stores, which currently only offer up to 256 kbps quality, MOG offers a full catalog of 320 kbps music, which is virtually indistinguishable from full CD quality by most listeners. And the similar service, Spotify, offers a similar selection (at mostly 320 kbps) for about $10 a month, which has proven very popular in Europe. Both services offer ad-driven free tiers.
What about musicians? Google wants to charge them a whopping $25 for a 'store' page. But musicos can get a superior cut of the profit AND offer their fans FULL CD QUALITY download sales in lossless formats via services like Bandcamp that are FREE to musicians.
Too little. Too late. Too expensive.