When comparing Google Play Music vs Beat, the Slant community recommends Beat for most people. In the question“What are the best Android apps that can stream music from cloud storage services?” Beat is ranked 3rd while Google Play Music is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Beat is:
You simply browse through the folders on your Dropbox and select which folders or songs you want to play or add to the playlist. Play controls along with album art and track title are always available at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on album art or track title will open up the play queue allowing you to adjust it. You can rearrange songs simply by dragging them and remove songs by swiping them away. A swipe from the left side of the screen gives access to shortcuts that allow you quickly jump between folders and a swipe from the right - to settings.
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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 Straightforward interface
You simply browse through the folders on your Dropbox and select which folders or songs you want to play or add to the playlist.
Play controls along with album art and track title are always available at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on album art or track title will open up the play queue allowing you to adjust it. You can rearrange songs simply by dragging them and remove songs by swiping them away.
A swipe from the left side of the screen gives access to shortcuts that allow you quickly jump between folders and a swipe from the right - to settings.
Pro Can precache next song so you don't have to wait for it to buffer
By default the app will load the next song in queue into cache while the current song is playing so there's no downtime between songs. You can turn off this behaviour in settings if you want to and you can adjust cache limit if you're worried about filling up your device.
Pro Includes a floating widget that allows you to access music controls from anywhere
You can have a small circular widget that floats atop any app you have open. When you tap on the widget it will open music controls.
The floating widget will stick to the side of the screen, but you can change which side and at what heights it will stick to. And you can change the position of the widget at any time simply by dragging it to the desired place.
Pro Customizable appearance
Things like theme, text size, placeholder images, list style, swipe animations and a bunch of other small tweaks can be made to the app to both change the look and feel of it.
Pro Comes with a widget
The app includes a simple square widget that shows album art, track title and transport controls.
Pro Built in EQ
The app has a 5-point EQ with bass boost slider and loudness toggle. It comes with a presets for various genres of music and allows creating custom presets.
Pro Can automatically download album art
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 Not a looker
The app uses a mismatch of styles and strong colors.
Con Won't organize your music for you
Beat deals with files and folders. It won't organize your music based on things like artist, album, song, genre or composer automatically.