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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.

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    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.

  • http://friv-2.yepi-yepi.com/ Friv 2

    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?

  • http://www.facebook.com/oldblueeyes182 Joshua Bailey

    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 :)

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    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… :'(

    • http://twitter.com/LivinDeLife DeAnna Sowder

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

  • http://www.friv4game.net/ Friv 4

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

  • http://twitter.com/lenasverige Lena Sh

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

    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.

      • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

        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.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ 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

    • http://twitter.com/mimrixmike Frettfreak

      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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

      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!

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      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

        • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

          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.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          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.

          • http://twitter.com/mimrixmike Frettfreak

            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.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ 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.

  • http://twitter.com/LucasNJohnson Lucas Johnson

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

    • http://profiles.google.com/vdogg89 Victor Stuber

      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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

      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.