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Best Buy Introduces Cloud Music Service, Confuses Us All

With Google, Amazon and Apple already launching their own cloud music service variations, Best Buy decided it didn’t want to be left out of the fun.  Today (or last night maybe), the electronics retail giant announced “Best Buy Music Cloud” which is just like all of the other previously named services, except that you can sign up for monthly usage ($3.99) rather than lock yourself in for an entire year.  They also have a “lite” aka free option.

BBMC can sync or pull from iTunes, has an Android app so that you can take music on the go, and even allows for offline cached playback of your collection.  All of the stuff we’ve seen from everyone else.

The odd thing is that after digging around their site for 15 minutes now, I can’t actual tell how much storage they plan to give you.  Could be unlimited if you go with the “premium” package, but it’s tough to tell.  It also appears as if you are stuck with just the web player unless you upgrade to the $3.99 plan, meaning no love for music-on-the-go unless you’ve got monthly cash to burn.

This is the most half-#$%ed release of a cloud service I have ever seen, I think.  We’ll be digging for more…

Something tells me that Best Buy isn’t going to be the last cloud music service that we see this year either, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.  Did we really need another?

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  • http://twitter.com/sher0506 Sheryl Scott

    I’m late, but there is no storage with the BB service. They match your collection like spotify/rdio then stream their copy of it.

  • Anonymous

    I love Google Music, but I’m just itching to pay money for it. See ya later, Google.

  • Kalric

    Uhh…after they were just hacked a while back?   No thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/singingsabre Edward Arriola

    Best Buy isn’t launching this for the average consumer.  They’re launching this for the level of consumers that buy their buyback and protection plans.

  • Anonymous

    No thanks…I dont even want to shop there let alone use a service which I’m sure has some kinda catch to it.

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  • slappynutz

    USELESS

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    USELESS

  • Jason Paninski

    no thanks. the 20,000 songs from the music beta FOR FREE is way more then enough for me. I’m already up to 2,700 songs and have every song i listen to and more

  • http://twitter.com/mhausig Matt Hausig

    After taking a look at the PlaysAnywhere software that’s supposed to be running their “cloud” I’m thinking that the service is really just Best Buy’s software serving out an Itunes library with the home computer having to stay on for it to work.  

  • Anonymous

    Has anything been said about the yearly cost of Google Music?  It’s been pretty sweet that lately, I’ve only had to carry around my phone, not my phone + ipod.  If it’s like $20 or less a year, I’m all over it.

  • Anonymous

    What no story about MY cloud based music service? :-(

  • Anonymous

    Or… you can go into a Best Buy… and sign into your google account on a Motorola Zoom, and get a Google Music invite… Thus eliminating needing 6 apps that do the same thing. Let’s keep it Android. ;-)

  • Rain_king46

    Best buy is going to compete with Google and Fede on a music player? Good luck. 

    • Anonymous

      I sent Fede a message a couple weeks ago suggesting adding access to Google Music via his app.  Has he decided to implement that?

      • Anonymous

        That would be sweet

      • WormDoes

        Since Google Music is still in Beta they haven’t released the code developers need to implement it into their apps. It will happen, just have to be patient and use Google’s app and hideous widget for the time being

  • Kaufkin

    *Yawn* — so, is the Bionic releasing on July 4th?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Rose/100000483772011 Aaron Rose

    I’ll stick with Amazon, thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Am I the only one that really doesn’t care about cloud music? And I’m a *huge* music fan, I have to always be listening to something. I have over 150GB of music, but I don’t need it all with me at all times. A lot of it, actually I dare say a majority, is music that I’d only want to listen to on special occasions or just here and there. The storage on an SD card is more than ample to take the music with me that I listen to often and I can just swap in or out a CD or some tracks as I feel like it before I go somewhere. If I’m really in the need for something different on a whim, I have Pandora, XM streaming subscription, Youtube and a slew of other free music services to choose from.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone else see the problem with Cloud Music services + mobile devices? We are slowly getting unlimited data taken away from us (thanks Verizon), and only get like 2GB a month. Do you really want to waste your data streaming music that could just be stored on your phone? This is why I think microSD cards are really necessary in new phones today.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Most streaming services are 128Kbps (bits), which comes out to a bit less than 1MB/min. That would be 2000 minutes (a bit over 33 hours) of streaming music a month if you used your allotted data strictly to stream music. That’s only a little over an hour a day of streaming music and all of your 2GB of data is used up. If you’re a big music streamer, the limited data plans are going to hurt.

      • Anonymous

        I guess you are agreeing with me. I first thought you were arguing that  an hour of music streaming a day (with NO other data use), was enough. It looks like we are on the same page though.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

          Yep.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

          Yep.

      • EC8CH

        VZW is counting on the majority of their customer base being less adept at math than yourself :-P

    • RW-1

      Of course we’re getting screwed, however, in that case you could choose to DL selections monthly, a change out as it were, then listen to them from the SD. Point being is that your whole collection is available, no one forces us to actually stream them  :)

      What’s going to happen is that a majority will no longer go to smartphones with these stupid new restrictions, and that will hurt financially. Once that occurs they will reevaluate.

  • Mr. Joe

    I was all ready to do this till the iTunes BS came up.  I don’t do ANY of those music management programs.  Closest I go is MP3Tag for tag editing and that’s only with podcasts.

    PLUS I HATE HAVING TO DOWNLOAD PROGRAMS TO UPLOAD CONTENT!  This is one of my biggest issues with Google Music.  I want to be able to upload from the web like with Amazon.  Not bloat my system up with crap.

    I can’t believe that with this one NOT ONLY do you have to download their upload program BUT iTunes as well!

    FUNK APPLE! 

    • Anonymous

      Theory 1: Google Music requires iTunes
      okay so google music uploader – you could select itunes, music folder, and there was a 3rd choice but i dont remember it.
      Theory 1: Busted

      Theory 2: Amazon Uploading doesnt require a program
      I am currently not at my home computer, but I did have to download a program to upload amazon music (as well as downlaod to another computer form amazon)
      Theory 2: Busted

      Question: How do you listen to music without a music management program?

      Statement 1: If your computer is really going to be bloated down by a simple, runs in the back ground, program - maybe its time to update your computer? My windows ME computer (remember this is around 2000, so over a decade ago) runs the google music just fine (it has been updated to XP however)

      Statement 2: wow.

      • Dr.Joe

        I’m talking about this BB program.  I don’t know where the hell y’all are getting me talking about iTunes = Google Music. 
        Re read don’t be a dumb funk.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      with Google Music you dont have to use ITunes. You can set it to search specific folders, WM player, or iTunes. Also it runs completely in the background all you have to do is install it and it does the rest for you.

      • Dr.Joe

        UH YEAH!  I’m talking about BB music NOT GM and iTunes.  There’s an option I don’t use it.

        RE READ THANKS BYE.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      you do know that Amazon only uploads from the web songs you buy from them right? And they will only upload 2000 of your songs (thru an uploader program) for free right?

      • Dr.Joe

        GM does the 20k Amazon has the storage limit.  5GB etc.  You can upload whatever the hell you want on Amazon Cloud as long as it’s within storage. 

        THX BYE

    • Calculatorwatch

      Yeah I definitely didn’t have to download iTunes to use the Google Music uploader, I just changed the folder to “My music folder” which, logically, is where I keep my music

      Also it took like 15 hours to upload all my music so it was kinda nice that I could do it in the background without worrying about it, but now that it’s uploaded I could easily delete the program if I felt the need to

      • Dr.Joe

        TALKING ABOUT BEST BUY MUSIC RE READ

        THX BYE!

  • Firelight

    I love Google’s Music cloud (I have indeed uploaded a buttload of music if only to have the storage locker option as a backup) but I’m sticking with Amazon’s Cloud due to the buy-it and store-it forever + premium storage service.

    I’m no fan of BB in general so nothing here really interests me … moving along.

  • Interstellarmind

    screw the music services… when will we get cloud storage? so i can automatically sync my laptop, phone, (and tablet)!

    • Anonymous

      Dropbox.

      • Mr. Joe

        That and Amazon Cloud has the ability to upload anything you want.

    • Anonymous

      or skydrive… i’ve heard that does the same

  • ROUSELLBRANDON

    No thanks best buy.. prefer amazon

  • Fattie McDoogles

    There is no reason to pay for a service when Google is giving you 20k songs… for free. And it works. No freezes, no lag, no problems. It just works. And its constantly updating your music. I made a playlist in i*unes and before I had finished putting music in it my girlfriend was playing it on my phone.

    • Anonymous

      it lags, it freezes, it makes ie7 ‘not responding’

      with that being said, it works awesome on my phone and at home.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        at some point you have to say to yourself… “maybe its not the world that has a problem. maybe… just maybe… its Internet Explorer.”

        • Anonymous

          oh it is ie no doubt. with that being said, the government requires it on all computer (no other option) and im fairly certain that other companies have the same thing (but they are probably allowed ie9 at least)

          you would think someone would notice this and have a lite or basic version of the web player that is ie7 compatible

          • Fattie McDoogles

            I think the issue is the sites are SUPPOSED to work and something on IE’s side is messing them up. But thats just a guess.

    • Mr. Joe

      FWIW GM is still in Beta.  Who knows what the final will have.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        If you have it now good chances are that you will at least be able to keep it. Google isn’t known for being stingy… slow maybe… but not stingy

      • Fattie McDoogles

        Now all those who don’t sign up for the beta may have different limits though

    • Mr. Joe

      FWIW GM is still in Beta.  Who knows what the final will have.

  • Anonymous

    i just want something that i can use in ie7 that doesnt fail horribly like google music, pandora, grooveshark, and slacker.

    someone think about us restricted workers!

  • Anonymous

    I still see nothing to replace my 160Gb ipod. Almost 4,000 songs with me 24/7 without draining my phones battery with 90 gigs still available. Sorry cloud music, that’s to much of a win for me.

    • Mr. Joe

      iPod… yuck…

      • Anonymous

        At the time it was that or the Zune. I was looking for the highest amount of storage space that I could get. We know which device won that war.

        • Dr.Joe

          Sandisk and their cheap amazing MP3 players.

      • Anonymous

        At the time it was that or the Zune. I was looking for the highest amount of storage space that I could get. We know which device won that war.

    • ricky siebold

      your ipod already was replaced…. by the phone in your pocket.   why would you want to carry two devices around?   

      • Anonymous

        Hardley. I drive around for work all afternoon and streaming music thru my phone kills it. And yes, I’ve already tried to charge my phone in my car while streaming but I get the eletrical feedback(best I can describe it) through the Aux plug broadcasting through my car’s speakers. Which is annoying to say the least.

    • Hsuede7

       I’ve already got used to having 20,000 songs with me where ever I go!

  • Anonymous

    Google music is solid

    • Mr. Joe

      NO!  Not even close.

      It’s in beta so it’s good for what it has but I wouldn’t go calling it solid. 

      • Anonymous

        It’s better than Amazon’s offering which is better than Best Buy’s offering. So, yeah, it’s solid.

        What problems have you had with Google Music?

        • Fattie McDoogles

          none because he doesnt like to “bloat” his computer down with programs that upload music so he has actually never used it. Or Amazon for that matter lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m really not suprised. Everything that Best Buy does always feels “me too” or half-baked.

    Weak, Best Buy. Very weak.

  • viewthis66

    no thanks. at this point i’m satisfied with Google’s Music Cloud service.