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Following Monday's Google Play Music launch in Europe, Google's music matching service has been enabled for European users. Similar to iTunes Match, the new service works through the existing Google Music Manager app, crunching your music collection and matching it to stuff already on Google's servers. This bypasses the tedious process of directly uploading music, which until now has been a necessary evil for anyone wanting to move their existing library over to Google's streaming service.

The whole process is designed to be transparent to users, so the only difference you should notice is that the music manager app completes its work significantly more quickly than before. Google Play Music now includes libraries from all the major labels, but if you have any music that's not in Google's collection, you'll still be able to upload that as before.

Right now the scan and match service is only available in Europe, though a U.S. launch is expected soon.

 

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Google Play Music matching service now live in Europe

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I find it odd that we Europeans get it before our American friends. Not withstanding the obvious differing of deals between the music labels here and there, perhaps it can be seen to act as a sort of apology for us getting Play Music so Much later to begin with haha.

Not if you think about it, Google music had been available in america for over a year now, if you were going to use it, you would of used it by now, and thus would of spent all that time already uploading your music collection.

Since google music has only just come to Europe, it makes sense to trial the service now, since no one would of spent all that time uploading music

It will only of course match stuff that Google have for sale in their music catalog, it can't magic stuff out of thin air It also relies on your music tags being in a reasonable condition.(MP3TAG or MediaMonkey can help there)

Unfortunately, those tech idiots at The Register didn't seem to understand this either in their shockingly biased review of the service.

The service also hasn't just gone live, it's been online since the 13th.

A similar amount of music to my US account 4 months back, took 2 weeks of overnight uploading on my slow(ish) ADSL. A similar amount on my wifes was finished in 13 hours. This was on Wednesday. It's DEFINITELY shortcutting bast swathes of our music collection.

It was meant to launch on the 13th but most people I saw asking about the service couldn't get it to work. Even now, I've just tried uploading The Black Keys, El Camino album and it didn't recognize it even though they do sell it.

Edit: Nevermind, it seems to be working. I added my Music folder instead of adding separate folders I wanted uploading, and the amount of uploaded tracks is increasing independent of the uploads that are going on. While typing this it went from 278 to 294 while other tracks were still uploading.

Was there an update to the Google Music manager as well or was it only server-side ? I have to try it, now that I can access it from France...

Only server-side by the looks of things. I haven't updated the Music Manager client and the Scan and Match service appears to be working.

I think it matches based on a particular song's sound wavelength, rather than the tags. At least that's how iTunes Match does it.

Otherwise, you could (theoretically, of course) pirate HQ songs unbelievably easy (just by changing the tags to the song you want).

I agree, I don't think it's matched any of mine. It took literally days to upload and my collection includes some pretty common stuff which is in the Google Play library. I contacted Google about this last week and they asked me to email the log files, have heard nothing since.

Is only UK, spain, germany, france and italy. Not all of Europe.

But it is perhaps all of Europe for a British :)

Tried two different albums that Google Music have in their online store and neither was picked up. Meh.

Edit: Nevermind, it seems to be working. I added my Music folder instead of adding separate folders I wanted uploading, and the amount of uploaded tracks is increasing independent of the uploads that are going on. While typing this it went from 278 to 294 while other tracks were still uploading.

There are about 50 states in Europe actually, so the title is not correct at all. I live in Belgium and getting tired of always getting these services later... That's one thing Google can learn from Apple!

It wouldn't make sense for any company that makes services like these to launch truly globally or even across the whole EU. The music rights thing is a mess all over the world and even in the EU you almost have to be granted permission to most music at a national level.

Apple may be a glory company but in this area Google actually made their store more widely available faster than apple. iTunes launched in April 2003 in the US and just like Google Music the service came to Europe a year later. However, initially only to France, Germany and the UK.

Would this match up stuff already uploaded? I uploaded 100's of CDs, but many of the tracks need to be edited because Play splits a signle album up in to many albums or lists a track as unknown. Also, some of the older album art does not size well on Play, especially on my GTV. Editing al these albums is a pain in the ass. I do not have this issue with Amazon Clous Player.