When comparing Google Play Music vs CloudPlayer, the Slant community recommends CloudPlayer for most people. In the question“What are the best Android apps that can stream music from cloud storage services?” CloudPlayer is ranked 1st while Google Play Music is ranked 5th.
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Pro Free no advertisements
Google Play Music is a free service for storing and streaming ones library that has zero advertisements in the interface as well as the playing music.
Pro Upload library through browser
Google has added the option of uploading songs through the browser with the help of a Chrome extension download as well as directly through the desktop Chrome app.
Pro Instant mixes
Google Play Music can make smart recommendations for playlist by the user just picking an artist or song they want recommendations formed from.
Pro Also offers streaming service
GPM can be used as a normal music player but also as a streaming service like Spotify.
Pro Supports lossless .flac playback.
Pro Supports a custom lock screen.
Pro AllPlay and Chromecast support
Premium version of the app allows you to cast to AllPlay and Chromecast devices.
Pro Protects you from accidentally using cellular data
The app has a setting that when turned on will prevent it from using cellular data so you can rest assured that you won't accidentally rack up a phone bill even if your Wi-Fi drops out.
Pro Elegant interface
The app has a clean material design UI that doesn't get in the way. It focuses on album art to make it vibrant and throws in small touches throughout that highlight the attention to detail. For example, the color of the name of the artist and title of the album matches the color of album art, etc.
Pro 10 band EQ
Premium version of the app has a 10 band EQ with 17 presets and PreAmp.
Pro Android Wear support
Pro Can sync playlists across devices
Pro Android Auto support
Con Confusing to use
Con Want credit card info before using "free" service
Con No folder support
Con Status bar not sensitive nor customizable
There is no way to go easily go back a specific amount of time (for example: Audible has a button that allows you to go back 30 seconds).
The status bar could be more time specific. If you want to go back to a particular segment of listening, there is no way to know exactly where you will land. You have to do some kind of guessing and it is annoying. Lot of time wasted in searching in a blind manner.
Con Quality only as high as 320kbps MP3s
There is no option to listen to lossless music, even if that is what the user has uploaded. The highest quality is 320kbps MP3s. If a lossless track has been uploaded and the user then downloads the track at a later date the file will also only be a 320kbps MP3.
Con No way to start the app in ones library
The app offers no way to actually start up in ones library, either in the desktop Chrome app or the Android app. For those that only use this app for listening to their purchased or uploaded music this is pretty annoying as there s no real need for the front page of recommendations and activity. This doe snot necessarily need to be some social platform but just a way to listen to ones music, really the user should have the choice, especially if they are paying for this service through purchased music or their streaming service.
Con No gapless playback
Con No crossfade
Con Cloud storage streaming is a premium feature
The killer feature of CloudPlayer is not available in the free version of the app.
Con Initial indexing can take some time
First time you start the app and connect it to you cloud storage account it will index all local and online music, pull metadata, album art, etc. At a rate of about 2-3 seconds per song the process can easily take a good while.