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By OD. Published on May 16, 2015. 0
Google Play was launched on iOS six months after its Android counterpart. It contains most of the features that the Android version has, but it is designed in a style native to iOS. It however has a few restrictions.
* The app is attractive. The white cards are on light gray background which makes the app look crisp. The Google Play signature orange adds color. Navigation, just like on Android is very easy. The menu has a sliding motion which ensures that it comes out of the side.
* Google Play allows one to discover new music. With the free version, you can listen to any of the songs that you have backed up to Google’s cloud. You can store up to 20,000 tracks for free.
* The radio feature mixes the songs to your collection. You can tweak a little and add or delete upcoming songs from the radio queue. The paid version allows you to stream and download things from Google’s catalog. You can also create a custom radio station from songs, albums, and artists. Tracks will also be recommended based on your listening history. The only downside to this is that choice is not based on specific genres.
* The Explore tab includes both algorithmic recommendations and playlists created by human editors. You can explore unfamiliar categories of music and build starter playlists for over 200 genres and subgenres. However, ‘Explore’ is not accessible via free cloud storage as it is part of the ‘All Access’ subscription. Like Spotify, you access new and recommended content. You can also search for specific songs, albums and artists. You can then add the songs to ‘my library’. There are also tabs in the main menu like ‘listen now’ and ‘playlists’. The former serves some suggestions, while the latter displays created playlists.
* The App integrates with Chromecast and can stream music up to 320 kbps.
* All the music that is uploaded to the cloud locker is stored in ‘My Library’, alongside anything that one adds from the ‘All Access Library’.
As aforementioned Google Play has some restrictions on iOS. They include:
– Apple App Store policies take 30% off in-app sales. You cannot buy music via the Google Play app, something that is possible on Android. You will have to use a browser. On Android, you can buy tracks via clicking a ‘shop’ tab either from the store or web.
– You also cannot subscribe to ‘All Access’, the paid version of Google Play.
– There is no support for 3G/4G streaming. If you want to watch something on iOS, you must have a Wi-Fi connection.
– The Google Play on iOS does not have the ‘I’m feeling Lucky’ radio station which builds a playlist based on one’s preferences.
There are efforts to bring the missing features to the iOS version. There is also a version optimized for the iPad that is being developed.
As we can see, Google Play can be used on iPhone. However, there are a few restrictions as discussed above. However, there are great features available on the iOS version which makes using it worthwhile. Improvements are also being made, and soon the iOS version might be at par with the Android counterpart.
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