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Monday Poll: Enjoying More – New Hangouts or New Google Music All Access?

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Now that you have had four or five days to fully dive into two of Google I/O’s biggest announcements – Hangouts and Play Music All Access – we thought it was time to see who is garnering most of your attention. I’ve fully committed to the new Hangouts and am already figuring out how to convince friends and family to make the permanent switch over. All Access on the other hand is sitting in limbo on my devices, since it is not compatible with the Nexus Q for the time being. See, I use Google Music quite a bit in my office, but only through the Q, so I’m unable to take advantage of my free trial at this point. I’d certainly like to use the hell out of it – just can’t for now. Tim on the other hand, is an All Access machine and couldn’t stop using it the entire time we were at I/O.

So what about you? Are you using both? If so, which is taking up most of your time?

Enjoying More - New Hangouts or New Google Music All Access?

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  • Mal

    Google should do a Play Movies All Access like a Netflix alternative. I would enjoy that add much as I enjoy Music All Access.

  • I’m using both a lot.
    I was using Google Talk plentifully before, Hangouts ate simply better.

  • Hangouts are a huge step backwards.

    I feel like this is what Google usually does. They make a 60% product, get bored, and move on to a different 60% product. Why they couldn’t TEST it before releasing it I just don’t understand. ICQ had a buddy list in 1998, how come my phone doesn’t anymore?

  • Mike

    I preferred the old google chat. Perhaps if they brought back online indicators and got rid of the gimmicky feel of the new hangouts (some people think it’s “clean”…it’s just cheesy).

  • Brandon Golway

    Totally agree, All Access is awesome. I originally had Sirius Radio but it was only really useful in the car (I had the Stiletto 2 portable radio but it sucked balls and was like $300!). After getting my OG Droid I switched to Slacker Pro and loved it, it was even better when they added in Premium which allowed for on-demand streaming, but songs would randomly skip to the next song while playing, they would take forever to load, and it was expensive ($120/year). So I switched to Pandora for the $38/year but it’s just basic streaming. I love how with All Access you can stream radio stations, play local music, play cloud music, play anything on-demand AND the best feature is if you like any of those streamed songs you can instantly add them to your collection AND listen to them offline. I love Blackmill but never remember to get any of his albums, I searched for him earlier and found and added his albums to my collection in like 2 seconds. Now Google needs to add more local audio playing features to make it a 5 star app because right now I’m still using Power Amp for most of my local music.

  • Brandon Golway

    Totally agree, All Access is awesome. I originally had Sirius Radio but it was only really useful in the car (I had the Stiletto 2 portable radio but it sucked balls and was like $300!). After getting my OG Droid I switched to Slacker Pro and loved it, it was even better when they added in Premium which allowed for on-demand streaming, but songs would randomly skip to the next song while playing, they would take forever to load, and it was expensive ($120/year). So I switched to Pandora for the $38/year but it’s just basic streaming. I love how with All Access you can stream radio stations, play local music, play cloud music, play anything on-demand AND the best feature is if you like any of those streamed songs you can instantly add them to your collection AND listen to them offline. I love Blackmill but never remember to get any of his albums, I searched for him earlier and found and added his albums to my collection in like 2 seconds. Now Google needs to add more local audio playing features to make it a 5 star app because right now I’m still using Power Amp for most of my local music.

  • Not using either. There are only 3 people I talked to on GChat anyway, and that was only vanishingly rarely.

  • Patrick Chapman

    I wish when you searched a song on Google now it would give you the option to play the music in the play music app.

  • Raven

    For now it is Google Play Music All Access, but in a month from now when the free trial is over it will probably be Hangouts. I would much rather just buy 8 new songs a month than pay to stream music that I cannot listen to on an airplane, certain places in my vehicle, or if I ever loose my unlimited data.

    • Eldorath

      Why can’t you listen to the music on those places?

      • jzwerlz43

        its not that he cant play it there, but he cant stream music in those places. your not allowed to have your phone data turned on during a flight because it messes with the radio reception of the airplane.

        • Eldorath

          Yeah.. I get that.. I just don’t understand why everyone seems to think you can’t grab the music in offline mode with the new Play Music service. (Pin it, let it download)

          I can see if you weren’t planning ahead, but if you were… *shrug* It does allow for it, regardless of how many people claim it doesn’t. 🙂

  • juancarlos ramirez

    not 100% sure how this works…Do you get to just stream the music or does it download on your device? like if i’m outside and cant stream.

    • Eldorath

      If you find an album, you can ‘pin’ it.. and it will download to your phone just fine, then you can listen to it offline. (Doing so right now to test out how well this function works). I’ve read multiple reviews indicating you can do this with playlists as well, but haven’t quite figured that one out yet.

      • rocs_macho

        With playlists…once it is open, the pin should be right there. As you add new tracks to that pl, you will get a notification and that new track will also be made available offline with the rest of the pl.

  • Yeah, Google music has always been a battery sucker for sure. i am thinking that is because it plays higher quality music, so its sucking in more data, which uses more battery.

  • Balaal Ashraf

    What wallpaper is that?

  • Was excited for Hangouts. Using it has been a little bit of a hassle thus far. Hopefully Google can straighten it out a little bit. Most of my relatives have iPhones and they want to “facetime” as they put it. They get a little confused when I tell them about Hangouts.

  • Russell Sprague

    since i don’t have any friends, hangouts is pretty boring.

    • Chris

      I’m sure you can meet some at a bar….. REAL WORLD interactions is fun 🙂

  • Yes.

  • chrisman

    i have a question about all access…can you actually download the tracks or are they just in the stupid “cloud”…like lets say i make a playlist and want to put it on my old ipod mini to put in my car can i do that or no

    • Steve Benson

      No, it’s only in the cloud. With All Access you’re only allowed to stream the songs. You’re not allowed to download them and save them in any form.

      • chrisman

        see this is what i figured…i dont see why id pay 8 bucks a month when i can use pandora for free and spotify(my ex always trying to put me on)…i hate this cloud nonsense what if im on the subway or if im on a roadtrip n lose service or somewhere with bad service basically im out bc i cant access my music…i hate all this cloud nonsense…but itll be fun to mess with while i have it for free

        • chrisman

          I HATE ALL THIS CLOUD NONSENSE!

        • Steve Benson

          I understand your frustration and issues with the “CLOUD NONSENSE” but for $8/month you get MUCH more than you get out of Pandora. Zero limits on anything. Unlimited skips. Make your own playlists. Pre-cache albums, songs and playlists (this could solve your issues with bad service, as long as you think ahead). You virtually have millions of songs instantly at your fingertips, ANYTIME.

        • Eldorath

          Chris, as stated above.. you *CAN* download the music to your local device for ‘offline’ mode, by pinning it. When you do, you’ll get a ‘Keeping requested music’ notification, and all you have to do is sit back and let it download for you. So don’t worry.. when you’re on the subway, bad signal area, etc.. the music still plays just fine (assuming you’ve pinned it and given it time to download accordingly 🙂 But, that music is limited to playing on your device itself… can’t be (easily) exported to another device.

        • Eldorath

          Chris, as stated above.. you *CAN* download the music to your local device for ‘offline’ mode, by pinning it. When you do, you’ll get a ‘Keeping requested music’ notification, and all you have to do is sit back and let it download for you. So don’t worry.. when you’re on the subway, bad signal area, etc.. the music still plays just fine (assuming you’ve pinned it and given it time to download accordingly 🙂 But, that music is limited to playing on your device itself… can’t be (easily) exported to another device.

      • rocs_macho

        You can pin tracks, albums or playlists for offline playback. You can add any album to your library and pin it.

        • Eldorath

          Rocs is 100% correct. (just verified for myself) You can pin albums, tracks, playlists, and it’ll download it and add it to your offline playlist.

        • Eldorath

          Rocs is 100% correct. (just verified for myself) You can pin albums, tracks, playlists, and it’ll download it and add it to your offline playlist.

      • Eldorath

        This is not true at all. When you pin an album/song/playlist, you’ll get a ‘Keeping requested music’ notification which you can view the % of when you hit the pull down.

      • Eldorath

        This is not true at all. When you pin an album/song/playlist, you’ll get a ‘Keeping requested music’ notification which you can view the % of when you hit the pull down.

    • Brien Gerber

      I was able to download an album to my Galaxy Nexus through the Play Music app. I’m not sure if you can export that to a USB to put on an iPod or something, but the songs that are “added to library” from All Access you can store on your android device.

  • joe c

    i get my music for free soooo?

    • Steve Benson

      So you’re a disgrace and a terrible person, congratulations.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I like them both equally, only problem is I can’t use Play Music on my phone because it crashes every 10 seconds.

  • zack

    It takes 1 second to download a song from mp3skull….

  • michael arazan

    For the price of less than 1 album a month is totally worth it, download almost every song you want and create multiple playlist, or radio, and you can listen to comedy albums which I don’t pay for usually cause their only good to listen to once. Too bad they have no Led Zeppelin, in the play store to buy, bot not listen too in all access, which sucks. All my Zeppelin is on vinyl.

    • PhoenixPath

      Wow. Kinda shocked they don’t have any Zeppelin. No Misty Mountain Hop for me… :'(

    • I hadn’t even noticed till you said something, that is a shame :/

  • I like all the google software has evolved, I wish they would do more now. Wish success

  • Hangouts is crap compared to Whatsapp and none of my friends uses it. Google Music All Access is not available in my country. So not using either.

  • S2556

    Music. For Hangouts I either can’t tell who is online or no one is online. And I have a ridiculous amount of contacts… So it is that useful for me.

    • Mordecaidrake

      If they’re offline their contact photo is grayed out.

      • hiimdh

        true, but this is hardly easy. you have to look at each contact photo carefully whereas before you just had a dot that indicated their status. Also, Gtalk would list and sort your contacts by their status, while Hangouts lists all of your contacts with no option for sorting. Google hangouts is a step back in my opinion. It probably helps people in unifying their messages, but this is definitely not a suitable GTalk replacement. They basically killed GTalk on android and are forcing people to switch to hangouts.

        • Mordecaidrake

          The contact list doesn’t bother me as it’s faster to type in the persons name versus scrolling through a list.

  • cjohn4043

    I would enjoy Hangouts more IF MY FRIENDS ACTUALLY USED IT. Dah. Seriously, tons of my friends are still on iMessage. I wish they would understand what Google offers and how they offer their services to everybody. But…that’s the life of a tech enthusiast I guess.

    • NexusMan

      Have you told them?

      • cjohn4043

        I haven’t told them about Hangouts, but I have about other Google services. Most don’t care too much, but some do. A lot of my friends don’t have Google+ either. I’d say it’s about 75% iOS to 25% Android.

      • cjohn4043

        I haven’t told them about Hangouts, but I have about other Google services. Most don’t care too much, but some do. A lot of my friends don’t have Google+ either. I’d say it’s about 75% iOS to 25% Android.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I’m gonna ask here, does anyone know how to import spotify playlists to gmusic? ive googled it but nothing comes up

  • Gary Serrano

    With the lack of SMS and MMS support, Hangouts is useless for me. It’s a great concept, just incomplete. Even Facebook Messenger gives you the option to use as your primary messaging app.

  • I’d rather not say because people would down vote me for saying something bad about their all mighty god Google.

    • Steve Benson

      I’m not scared of a petty down vote so I’ll lay it out there.

      Hangouts is beautiful, but slightly confusing if you’re not well versed in gestures. The contact list is a hot mess – let us customize this. The whole color pictures vs. grayed out to show who is online vs offline is clearly too confusing for most people – bring back the color dot indicator. Google’s failure to integrate SMS and Google Voice at launch leaves a bad taste in my mouth and makes Hangouts feel half-baked. Fix the above and most everyone will be happy. Combine everything under one app (Hangouts) so that I don’t have G+ messenger, Google Voice AND a AOSP messenger. Capeesh?

      Google Music All Access on the other hand is simply amazing. I signed up for the free month and have used it extensively since they launched it at I/O and can honestly say this is the Google Music I’ve been waiting for. The new app is beautiful and well designed and the interface is much more intuitive that the old. All access is incredible – you instantly have access to millions of songs and are free to make playlists or let Google make them for you. Very impressed by what Google’s done here.

      • I agree. I love Music but Hangouts needs a lot of work. I love being able to listen to any song, download it, own play list, etc.

  • Jon

    Google Music sadly has been force closing like crazy on me. I can’t figure out why. I’m loving Hangouts though.

    • Mordecaidrake

      I’m in the same boat, it sucks 🙁

  • Seth Schorr

    Music has been my life, now. I never have to buy an album again. I don’t know how I lived without All Access. Adding to my already pretty large library of uploaded CD’s plus what I have bought from Play Music. I have found Xanadu.

  • jmsbwmn

    All Access still pales in comparison to Spotify. It needs dedicated apps, plus being this late to the party, it needs to offer something you can’t already find elsewhere. I would love to use Hangouts, but none of my friends are Google fiends, and we prefer to “hangout” in person. 🙂

    • Seth Schorr

      All Access offers what Spotify can’t. Uploaded music from your personal collection that can then be made into radio stations or playlists from all the other songs that are being offered. SO MUCH more freedom,

      • Chris

        like slacker lol. another FREEDOM choice you have with android. don’t have to use a google app if you don’t want to 🙂

        • jmsbwmn

          I don’t understand this comment. You can listen to music from any of the major services on all platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, etc. . .

      • jmsbwmn

        To each their own, I guess. I can count on one hand the number of times I couldn’t find something on Spotify. If you’re a connoisseur of obscure music, then it would be more useful. Personally, I just want to open the app and listen.

    • Chris

      I think its sad that people have lost the touch of actual interaction face to face. They rather sit behind a computer or phone screen. No hope for the human race…

      • jmsbwmn

        🙂

  • Chris

    No real use for music as I use slacker. The music app still has bugs to work out.. Hangouts? meh, if you have a ton of google contacts, but everyone I know is still on facebook.

    • Tim242

      Slacker is still my go-to as well. $3 for ad free listening.

      • Chris

        I have the $10 premium account. Love the on demand choices. Slacker to me seems to be a more professional style of app. app is clean and to the point. tons and tons of stations. i even downloaded a few stations for off line listening that came in handy when I took a small road trip the other day and had no signal.

        google plus music all access (what a name lol) has potential, but still needs a lot of work. But as with many things android CHOICE is good and you are not forced to use this service if you don’t want to….

    • Raven

      Finally, another Slacker. I find Slacker to be way better than Pandora or Spotify, but they seem to be the most popular in this discussion.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I like the idea of the music app but I just listen to 102.1 the Edge so if not for them I would have it

    • That is like comparing a maserati to a 1936 Model T. Or “I like netflix, but my only watch TV on rabbit ears…” I am not sure what you are trying to say here? You dont listen to any online radio because you like your regular radio station THAT much???

  • JoeTi

    2 days with All Access and we dropped rhapsody monthly like a bad habit.

  • grim7r

    anyone else notice that the thumbs up in the new google music app doesn’t work? they don’t appear in the automatic playlist…

    • Mordecaidrake

      Have you also noticed that if you thumbs down songs, they still appear in your radio stations? This is the only thing holding me back from Play Music.

  • I would love to use Hangouts more, but none of my friends have it so I’m not exactly sure who I’m going to chat with.

    • how do you chat with them currently? just suggest it to them. my friends were a little hesitant especially since they were all comfortable with GroupMe. but i got them over and they seem relatively content with the switch. they all liked the UI much better.

  • Rodeojones000

    Once Talk updated to Hangouts on my phone and tablet, and I got a chance to see what a piece of garbage it is, I deleted it. Which is a shame because I used Talk quite a bit. Perhaps once SMS support is added back I’ll give it a try again. And hopefully the awful looking UI they’ve gone with will be improved upon. But I’m loving the new streaming service with Google Music and I’ve used it a lot since it became active.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Gonna sign up for a free month right now, and then I’ll decide later if I want to keep it. But from what you said about it, I might just have to keep it for awhile after trial ends. $8 is CHEAP for great quality service!

    • I’m just tired of using iTunes (software and purchases), and this is the perfect solution. It’s cloud based, unlimited music – I have yet to not find what I want.

      • EvanTheGamer

        That’s incredible! How’s the radio selection like? Can you tune into whatever radio station you want or is it limited?

        And…I stopped using iTunes years ago after I stopped using my ancient iPod Video. lol

        • The radio works just like pandora but unlimited skips and you can see what tracks are coming up and can swipe away the tracks you don’t want to hear.

        • I found that the RHCP radio wasn’t too great, but I guess nothing sounds like them in the first place. I haven’t tried anything else really. Ray Lamontagne radio was spot on though. M83 as well.

          • I would say the radio is good, but not as good as pandora for just a radio feature. it seems to grab songs that i like, but from all different genres. Like it reads my whole library and not just gives me radio based on what i started it off of (if that makes any sense) but its definitely usable and the rest of the features are amazing. this is the service i have been waiting for!

        • Seth Schorr

          The radio is great. Choose any album, any song, or any genre and you can make a radio out of it. I find the selection to be very good, even though you do have to thumb up or down as often as you can for each song, or it will repeat songs more often than I would like.

        • Jon

          I was impressed by the radio station. Gives a great variety of songs. I’m so tired of Pandora as it keeps playing the same 100 tracks or so no matter what radio station I choose.

        • r0lct

          The radio being so good is likely the single reason I am going to pay for it after the promo period.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Nice! Signed up for the free trial. Hopefully I’ll keep it after trial ends.

      • aBabyPenguin

        only thing I couldn’t find that I REALLY wanted to listen to was the Game of Thrones OST :/ But it is a small issue by comparison.

      • Brian Williams

        Surprisingly, the Led Zeppelin catalog is non-existent, however, a senior citizen gave me the name of some very obscure, very old country musician .. huge catalog.

      • Brian Williams

        Surprisingly, the Led Zeppelin catalog is non-existent, however, a senior citizen gave me the name of some very obscure, very old country musician .. huge catalog.

  • Once they add SMS support I will use the crap out of some hangouts

    • im not sure I understand. SMS has nothing to do with data type messaging like this. If my friend has hangouts, how would i know if i was texting them or chatting with them?

  • WAldenIV

    If they release a desktop application, I’ll agree. The browser-based format chokes on my 7-year-old work PC.

    • I’m trying to come up with a good suggestion, try another browser to see if it improves at all? My default answer to any computer problem is Linux but I’m currently typing this on my Windows 8 laptop so yeah.

    • Justin Winker

      Try out Chrome – I use it on my work PC (sometimes i swear its from the late 90’s) for GMusic, and it works pretty well. In addition, it doesn’t require admin permission, so you should be able to install it yourself.

      • mgamerz

        Yeah you’re the kind of person who IT people loathe, installing software that’s meant to bypass controls like this. I’ve had to uninstall chrome like 20 times cause google purposely does this so people can install it at work.
        It’s also a bitch to remove.

        • Justin Winker

          Haha, I do my best 🙂

          It really doesn’t bypass many controls at our company though – we don’t really block many websites. I just prefer Chrome over IE7, especially since that browser is so outdated.

          It would also help if our IT Dept decided it would be smart to upgrade everything past XP (or single core processor machines).

        • Brian Barcus

          Sounds like you have the sort of IT department that makes people ignore the rules because they rules are too restrictive.

          • mgamerz

            No. We lock down computers so people don’t install new stuff. We also have browser settings locked for legal reasons. Chrome not requiring administrative install makes it easy to bypass. And they do it on purpose, knowing it. Its also practically impossible to properly remove without being logged into that users account.

          • Brian Barcus

            The “legal reasons” sound suspicious. I’ve worked in banking and defense jobs and neither place locked our computers like that. Maybe programmers get special treatment but it seemed more like organizations just expected us to be sensible with their computers.

            I realize people do a lot of stupid things on work computers but I’d rather cut the irresponsible people and keep employees that can be trusted.

          • mgamerz

            I work for a federal government. Users installing their own apps that might be malicious are grounds for legal threats.

    • PhoenixPath

      “The browser-based format chokes on my 7-year-old work PC.”

      Good lord, man. Where the heck do you work?? 5 years is about the max I’d allow, but personally, I think even that is pushing it, but 7?

      Just….damn. One has to wonder how you get anything done unless it’s being used as a pseudo thin-client.

      I feel for ya, man. That’s got to suck every way but good.

      • WAldenIV

        I’m currently the last Windows XP Home machine in the company. (They didn’t even buy Pro for everyone back in the day.) We’re still a small company. I was the 28th employee when I joined, I think. I do use Chrome for all of my browsing. I’m going to try Firefox or Opera today with Google Music.

        • PhoenixPath

          I can only wish you the best of luck…

          No WiFi there to get it on your Mobile device? (I went and purchased a decent set of BT headphones and stream GPMAA from my device over our WiFI here…)

          • WAldenIV

            Somewhat ironically, IE 8 works like a champ with Google Play Music All Access.

          • PhoenixPath

            That’s not irony, that’s just darn good humor. *grin*

            Glad to hear it’s working for you.

  • Shane Redman

    Don’t make me choose!

  • Kurt Weber

    Is anyone else noticing issues loading your music from the cloud on the new music app..? Some of my songs just don’t want to play without wanting to keep reloading where as before the update they all worded perfectly

  • Sith77

    I miss talk ……. The status updates , not every single emailed person in my contacts now , cluttered contact lists , g+ people I don’t even know , very unthought of and not implemented well ……..

    • Mordecaidrake

      I don’t have that problem, you have to go into your g-mail to remove the saving of e-mailed contacts to your address book, should remove this problem.

  • Hellooooooo, Google All Access, and goodbye Spotify.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      THIS. I unisntalled spotify so fast my phone rebooted

      • yeah… i canceled spotify before i even tried all access. Didnt take much though. but i had a lot of faith in Google that this would kick a$$ and it does.

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          does anyone know how to import spotify playlists to gmusic? ive googled it but nothing comes up

          • Steve Benson

            Not possible.

    • Have you guys had issues with All Access using way more data than Spotify?

      • Brain

        Not only more data, but it is killing my battery life with my GSIII

        • yeah, Google music has always been a battery sucker for sure. i am thinking that is because it plays higher quality music, so its sucking in more data, which uses more battery.
          pandora was by far the best at battery life…i would loose maybe 8% on my 20 minute drive home, Spotify was in the $10 range, and G-music A.A is in the %15 range.

          thankfully i am connected to a charger all the time, and i have unlimited data, so its not a huge deal to me.

      • Raven

        I have found that it uses WAY more data and consumes battery WAY faster than Slacker. I literally used double the data in Google Play Music last Friday listening for a few hours than I did listening for a few hours a day from Monday through Thursday on Slacker. It may be a little higher bit-rate, but it sure doesn’t sound that much different to be using that much more data.

        • I think the “problem” is it caches the next like 2 songs or so in your queue when playing music so it’s seamless.

          • Raven

            That would account for some if I was changing tracks a lot, but I pretty
            much just set it and let it play while I am coding at work and only
            bother to hit next if I really don’t like something. Slacker also seems
            to cache at least the next song as it is usually seamless whenever I
            hit skip on it.

          • Raven

            Why did my Gravatar background suddenly change?

          • Yeah I’m not too sure. Hopefully Google addresses it soon.

      • coolsilver

        Check to see if the Stream at highest quality only option is checked.

      • Brandon Golway

        I haven’t used Spotify but I’ve only been using All Access for maybe a total of 7-8 hours and it has already chewed through 503 MB of data without streaming high quality! I haven’t downloaded any albums either!

      • Brandon Golway

        I haven’t used Spotify but I’ve only been using All Access for maybe a total of 7-8 hours and it has already chewed through 503 MB of data without streaming high quality! I haven’t downloaded any albums either!

  • no question its all access. Nothing special about hangouts. Its just a less functional version of Talk

  • RAZR_FANN

    To be honest, I’m not using either of the services very much. If I had to pick, I guess it would be Music though.

  • NexusMan

    There should be a 3rd option….I haven’t used the “all Access” part yet, but am loving the new Play Music App. The updates are fantastic!

  • HangoutsFoSho

    I don’t need the music as I have plenty of sources, but the new Hangouts are amazing!

  • Mike Scaduto

    Love All Access so far. Will probably make the switch from Rdio once the 30 day trial is up. I do notice some gaps in their catalog compared to Rdio/Spotify. Seems to be missing some independent labels and some stand up comedy albums but I guess thats why you can upload your own songs to the service.

  • SleepySensei

    Rhapsody has been my goto for the past several years. Time has really given Rhapsody the opportunity to refine this concept and thus the edge when comparing the available music streaming services.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Music has me eating thru my data. Playing the radio and going back 5 tracks to hear songs again is making me smile. I have my androidians talking to me from hangouts and it’s smooth. I have my messages everywhere. I love them both.

  • NeedJelly

    I love the Play Music on my N7 but still just crashes on my Rezound. Haven’t been able to get one bit of use out of it on the phone.

    • Mark Adams

      I feel bad for you, still using a Rezound. I switched from it to the DNA, and am quite happy.

    • HTCSucks

      Yeah, that’s definitely the Rezound. What a crap phone! 🙁
      I am extremely disappointed – having bought it – with HTC and their pathetic handling of the device. I am pretty much never getting HTC because of it.

  • ßen Murphy

    Is there anyway to tell if a contact is online?

    • Dillon Brown

      actually yes in a way. The thing is that people expect for hangouts to be just like talk, when it is intended to be more of a texting app. Its subtle but actually very intuitive. In each conversation there with be a picture of thee person you are talking to under the last reply they have read called a “watermark.” If that picture is below what you said last and slightly opaque, that means they read it. If it is fully colored that means they are actively in the app. if there is an animated ellipsis next to that picture that means they are replying. I have hangouts running in the background on my computer so, if I’m on it it alerts me to a message regardless if I’m in the app.

  • CodeToJoy

    Wasn’t impressed by the Play Music All Access. Delay from clicking a song to it actually playing is WAY too long, especially compared to Spotify, which already has my playlists and such set up. Cancelled Play Music, re-upped on Spotify.

    Edit: I accidentally a word.

  • NorCalGuy

    Once hangouts gets full SMS support this poll should be redone, right now hangouts is like half an app. Also Google music is awesome has fully replaced all my other music apps, favorite feature is searching for a particular song and getting to listen to it and then it creates a radio station after, was waiting for Pandora or spotify to do it but nope.

  • Jason Harris

    Music is great…but a bit buggy it seems. Hangouts….well I cant seem to get the ‘hang’ of. I miss just a list of all my friends online. Dont see a way to do it. Am I missing something?

  • Terrace Manley

    I’m liking Hangouts. I’m a Google Voice user, not pay for texting through Verizon. The people that I was text through GV and couldn’t send pictures too, i can send pictures through Hangout from phone to phone.

  • Honestly its hard to choose. I haven’t opened or even thought about Pandora ever since I activated All Access (and that’s a big deal for me). On the other hand, I used to use Google+ Messenger for a long time running family group chat but I hated the fact that it’s only on the mobile app. So Hangouts is doing a few good things itself.

  • The music app is atrocious for me. Kills my phone like no one’s business. Has a hard time playing without skips on my laptop, and the app is super slow for me. no clue why

  • Rafael Bergamin

    I’m really digging into hangouts… would be nice if you share some tips for convincing friends to switching to it.
    But I’d really like to try All Access, but as always Brazil is left behind when it comes to web services from big (mainly US) companies.

  • Stephen Freeman

    Made the switch form spotify. Love it. 7.99 offer is not too shabby either. I think with a little more work Google has a good winner here.

  • Ian Smith

    i’m shocked that it’s even this close – figured music would be blowing the rest away

  • Hangouts for now… Will start All Access June 29th.

  • codemonkey85

    I vote… both? I used Gtalk and Music all the time even before the updates, so….

  • Enjoying the 30 day trial of music all access. Been using it alot since I downloaded and don’t hear the same songs over and over again like I do on Pandora sometimes. I may actually end up keeping the monthly subscription.

  • I haven’t used the music at all….but I’ve enjoyed the Hangouts so far. I just need to get more people using it.

  • david corona

    Both!!!

  • thatguy

    All Access Music. Hard to use while driving without spilling my drink.

  • BigMixxx

    Good music is really, really good…

    Now my exclusive streaming service…

  • Bionic

    As soon as hangouts has text messaging ill enjoy it

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    • PhoenixPath

      Indeed.

      Until then, it’s by far All Access. It has completely replaced Pandora, which had, in turn, replaced my Zune subscription. All Access is the best of both all-in-one. To be brutally honest, I am shocked they aren’t getting slammed for copying Microsoft on this one.

      It is a hell of a lot like a Zune subscription and using the “Smart DJ” feature. (only, this is actually available on Android!)

      • that was my first thoughs….but do they even do this any more…pretty sure “Zune” has gone the way of the dodo, and is now replaced by Xbox music….and i haven’t even looked into how that works.

        • PhoenixPath

          Neither have I at this point. When I started using Android, Zune became less useful. This is what I’ve wanted though; Zune or a Zune clone on Android. This fits the bill perfectly…

          I wish the interface worked better on my device though. On my nX, the album art scrolls slowly but on my HTC one, it “blinks” from side-to-side and is *very* distracting.

          • yikes. that would drive me crazy!!
            i already DONT like the scrolling album art at all. hopefully they get rid of that, or make it an option or something.

      • Nucking_Futz

        I love Zune music and I have both Zune and All Access. I just love the Zune player. I have some nice buds (HiFimam RE-0’s) and can really tell the difference between the Zune and everything else. I have a Note 2, and I’m actually considering getting a HTC One and jumping ship to ATT or T-Mobile. Yes, I love music that much.

    • LiterofCola

      Not until they bring back the “who’s online” feature

      • lazerwolf

        You don’t need a ‘Who’s online’ feature because its not an IM Client. Its a Messenger.

        • There’s a green bar/line under the person that lets you know if they’re online. I see it on the web versions. I haven’t upgraded mobile yet.

          • On mobile their pictures are grayed out if they’re offline.

          • 1). There’s no list to begin with, so you won’t even see a picture
            2). Not all contacts have pictures

          • 1). Yes there is. Swipe to the right or hit the plus.
            2). They have a gray generic picture if they don’t have a photo and its slightly faced if they’re offline.

          • John Kent

            So I have to swipe left, hit a button, and search through an alphabetical list just to look at the online status of someone I’m already in a conversation with? That’s so much better, Google, thank you! Oh but wait! Now all I can see is a binary, “online or offline” indicator. That’s so much more helpful than the green, red, and yellow dot system. Now I can thoughtlessly send links and long rants to my friends, not knowing whether they’re AFK or too busy to talk.

            This really is a great improvement. I’ve always thought that Google should behave more like Apple. Who needs an app with useful features when it can be dumbed down to appeal to the lowest common denominator? Good job, Google. Good job.

          • Adam Neighbors

            Holy crap, that was angry. You’re making a big deal over nothing. Handouts is a messenger (like texting) not an I.m. you don’t text people who are only “online”. Chill out.

          • John Kent

            The only trivial features are ones you don’t rely on. If you don’t rely on online status, that’s fine. Other people do. And when those features are removed for the sake of the people who don’t rely on them, we get justifiably upset.

            You seriously think “it’s a text messager not an IM app” is an intelligent response? That’s the whole point of my rant. I did not want a text messager. I want an IM app. The IM app I’ve been using and relying on for years worked well and these changes made it not work well. Telling me it’s different doesn’t make me not angry if the reason I’m angry is because it’s different.

          • Adam Neighbors

            I think you’re getting confused. I’m not Google. Hangouts is ten times better than talk. Don’t come to my comment and complain me because only you out of thousands of other people can’t adapt to change. Did you get mad when big motor companies took away your little cassette players for Cd’s too? There are fifteen positives to every one negative of hangouts. Learn that or gtfo

        • Some of us don’t text. I want to see if somebody is “green” before I send them a message.

  • Leif Sikorski

    both equally.

  • I am consistently using both 🙂 already cancelled Spotify and uninstalled ChatOn 🙂

  • Kenny Larson

    Hangouts is cool except it broke compatibility with the client my wife uses at her work. I am loving the Music All Access. I used to be a Pandora fiend but not anymore. at $7.99/month why not?

  • Eker

    All Access not work on uk….

  • Inquizitor

    I use hangouts more, because I used Gtalk every day and now must use hangouts. Still, not impressed. I don’t hate it, but I don’t really think it’s much of an improvement.

  • paul_cus

    Don’t use Hangouts and I’m sticking with Sony Music Unlimited over Google Music All Access. At least the Sony app doesn’t force close after two seconds. They can try to win me over when they properly roll out an update that doesn’t break everything.

    • Leif Sikorski

      Never had a crash in the Music app, but heard about it from some people where all had used custom roms. So they might be the problem.

      • paul_cus

        Wish that was the case. I’m running stock.

  • I love the new Google Music but my only situation is that I’ve been using Spotify for so long, I don’t really want to manually search all of my music again…..but my brand loyalty is strong with Google. But at the same time, not all of the music I have on Spotify is on Google Music, that’s my other issue.

  • 4n1m4L

    Can’t use the new music, kills my Qs.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    For whatever reason Hangouts has the old Google Talk icon in my app drawer.. I want the one you got Kellen! Does anyone know if I need to update my gapps for this?

    • Are you using an Icon Theme? Took me the better part of a day for me to realize that is why mine said “Talk”.

      • Bobby Cornwell

        Oh wow!! That was exactly it. I was using the “Stock Jelly Bean” icons in Nova. I switched it to default and all is good. Thank you kind sir!!

    • MyStroPro

      May need to uninstall / reinstall if you aren’t using an icon theme – otherwise you have to wait for the package to be updated or set it manually (set it to default icon).

  • Crazydog

    So, what happens if I cancel my Music subscription? If I ever re-up, is the music I put in to my library saved, or will I have to find it all again?

    • I was wondering the answer to this myself

    • Mickey Bennet

      Bump

    • jnt

      You can still purchase music individually can’t you? If so, then I doubt you would lose those purchases… I could be wrong though.

      • Crazydog

        Not the purchases – lets say I add an album to my library for free via the subscription. If I cancel the subscription, do I lose the music forever? Like, if I decide to sign up again, do I have to go hunt down the album I added to my library and did not purchase outright?

        • jnt

          My guess would be you’d lose it, but obviously I don’t *really* know. 🙂

          • Seth Schorr

            I believe jnt is right. Since what you choose to add to the library is similar to borrowing the music, I think that once you no longer have an All Access account, you no longer have those songs (albums, radio stations) earmarked.

    • meijin3

      My question is if you have to start paying $10 instead of $8.

      • mgamerz

        You will. The deal is to hook people into the $8 price. If you quit and join back later, there’s no reason you should still get the deal. It’s marketing magic.

  • mechapathy

    Since they both meet completely different needs, I didn’t vote.

  • fartbubbler

    All Access, All Day, ErrrrDay.

  • mechapathy

    Look at this Yahoo over here. What a Yahooligan.

    • I don’t know, one terabyte of storage space in Flickr now? That’s pretty great.

      • vic norman

        how about unlimited storage with Google+

        • But the unlimited storage is for a “standard size” photo. Flickr isn’t limiting the size of the photo. There is a limit to photos on Google+ that aren’t a “standard size” photo, and that’s 5 gigs.

  • Does anyone else think that Play Music is a battery hog? When I play a song, it seems I am constantly streaming instead of quickly downloading the whole song at once.

    • noticed this too. I was at 15% listened to three songs never turning the screen on streaming through 3g and my phone died

      • 3M4NU31

        Just save your most listened to playlist for offline access!
        Edit: Nvm, I just realized you’re talking about the streaming service >_<

      • jeff manning

        Google music will continue to download the first three songs in queue. Really data intensive if you go from album to album and only listen to one song in that album.

        • It put me at my data cap way too fast. I really hope they add an option soon for this.

    • brain

      It kills my battery on my GSIII…and honestly, why can we not save to extSD? Both these 2 issues have stopped me from canceling Spotify.

  • MyStroPro

    I’ve been using Hangouts – I don’t stream music because I hate dropouts, I’m a DJ by trade, and while I don’t mind streaming, I buy a boatload of music for use anyway, so I for me, the streaming services just don’t grab enough of my attention.

    That – and the price tag of a subscription service I own nothing out of. That’s another reason I cancelled my Pandora subscription. I’m lucky enough to have loads of music to always listen to anyway.

    Hangouts has been pretty cool for me so far. I’m talking more with some friends I haven’t in a good long while.

    • BigMixxx

      Try the streaming service, and hit radio. Did a lot of djing in a former life, the instant radio is REALLY, REALLY good. Get’s some ideas and some stuff about some blends you would want to try, plus some music you probably would have never thought of mixing…

      • MyStroPro

        This is why I listen to podcasts that I normally wouldn’t to be honest. I understand what you are saying.

        • BigMixxx

          That’s the other cool thing — one can make playlists public. it’s a decent service….

  • Tyler

    I will probably use Google music more because I’m addicted to music, but I’m waiting for a good time to use my trail.

  • So far I am absolutely hating Hangouts…

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      I am as well. I lose my contact nicknames… everyone I’ve ever emailed is in the contacts list… these are the reasons I don’t use Facebook messenger. And on top of that, I still get Talk notifications that need to be swiped away… tapping them does nothing.

    • radiohead14

      i went back to Talk just for invisible status, since i use it mainly at work and prefer to only chat with certain people i let know i’m online.

  • Google38

    No one I know uses hangouts, only Imessage. I don’t blame them either. Hangouts is pointless without sms.

    • Leif Sikorski

      In many countries sms is already dead.

      • Bionic

        We live in the united states, no one cares about places where SMS is dead, cuz its alive here

        • reminds me of ” ‘merica “

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          Merica!

          • mgamerz

            ‘MURICA*

    • George264

      The top services are iMessages and FB Messenger with the people I know, I’m sticking with FB, because so many people have it and it’s just much easier

    • Mickey Bennet

      SMS is pretty dead amongst the people I know. Everyone uses Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. The only difference is Hangouts isn’t broken.

      • Art Holguin

        mainly use fb messenger here aswell. i’m sure many people dont use facebook at all or have accounts but everyone I deal with regularly has it and its the best for group messaging.

    • Force your friends to use Hangouts. I did this and now they are hooked

      • Justin Winker

        Try that with people that don’t have smartphones 🙁

        I live in an area of the US where smartphones haven’t penetrated the market as much as other areas of the US.

        • joseph pastor

          wow…. and this is 2013…….imagine what happens if you show up in your town with Glass on your head next year.

      • only problem i came across was my iOS buddies complaining about notifications not going away. its a known issues, so hopefully google fixes this

    • Royal Assassin

      Okay, I don’t get this. SMS = YOUR PHONE, IDIOTS! SMS IS SOMETHING YOU’RE ALREADY USING AWAY FROM GOOGLE. GTALK WAS FOR IMING OUTSIDE OF YOUR PHONE. WHY DOES HANGOUTS NEED SMS?! IF YOU NEED TO SHOOT A TEXT TO SOMEONE, SHOOT IT! IF YOU WANT TO IM SOMEBODY THROUGH HANGOUTS DO IT!

      • Pratik Holla

        The whole point was to unify messaging. SMS and talk are the two most used on the platform thats from google. And thats why we would like it.

      • its just easier when you can use one app to do everything…also makes it easier to get people to use it. sometimes people are not online, so you send them an SMS…this gets to their phone, which puts them online (unless they turn off data) at that point you are on IM.

        I find it VERY hard to get my wife to IM me (i have limited texts, she does not) so if they integrate SMS and Hangouts, it will be much easier to set hangouts as default SMS app, nothing will change on her end, EVERYTHING will change on my end….and i like that.

      • Brandon Golway

        IT’S JUST WAY EASIER TO HAVE EVERYTHING IN ONE UNIFIED APP, WOULDN’T YOU AGREE?? AND DID YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO TYPE EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS? WE GET YOUR POINT!

      • Brandon Golway

        IT’S JUST WAY EASIER TO HAVE EVERYTHING IN ONE UNIFIED APP, WOULDN’T YOU AGREE?? AND DID YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO TYPE EVERYTHING IN ALL CAPS? WE GET YOUR POINT!

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    Music by far… Hangouts is…… poor… at best.

    • I want to agree with you because I’m disappointed at the lack of SMS support. But I have to admit that Hangouts is a well built app with a lot of potential. I agree with you, the contact list in Hangouts is a mess but thats Google Contacts in general is a mess. Even though Google Contacts have gotten better there is still a great divide in Gmail contacts and your Circles in G+ the latest integration help.

      I did a little bit of “spring cleaning” (pun intended) on my Google Contacts and it helped clear up the mess in a few of my Google services.

      Music for now, but I’m somewhat content w/ Hangouts

      • hkklife

        Both are gimmicky, half-baked efforts. More unintuitive UI and battery-hogging from Google. Let’s hurry up and get to what REALLY matters–new N7, N10 refresh, KLP, and figuring out how to roll out OS updates without carrier approval.

        • New Nexus 10? We got atleast 6 more months before that.

        • 213ninja

          really, new nexus devices are what’s important?? we get a new nexus something every 6 months already…let’s get these apps integrated and fluid.

        • i could not disagree more. I agree hangouts really needs a little more love, btu not in the UI department. All the animations adn its very intuitive… not many people i know use it though so without SMS its pretty much dead for me.

          Music however is pretty FN AWESOME. the UI is beautiful and simplistic, but very easy to use. Are tehre features that it doesnt have that i would like to see? absolutely. But you gotta remember. All access is a 1.0 product and if you have been around google for ANY length of time, you know that they always release a pretty stripped down / basic 1.0 and build from there. So, its gonna get there, but really i have very little complaints for the UI from both apps

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        Oh don’t get me wrong. I can see the potential. I just feel it wasn’t ready for prime time, and it’s shortcomings are glaring right now.

  • MyStroPro

    Looks like it could be based on the Origami Live Wallpaper.