I followed the launch of Google’s new product “Google Music” with keen interest. From my initial experience after the launch, I have come to the conclusion that Google Music is not close to even being an iTunes killer. It is still in the 90s and just cant match the power and cool experience iTunes gives.

All-in-all, I was able to access it from Kenya by using tricks I always employ to view the restricted web offerings. One of the tricks I employ on such situations is to use an Open VPN software to “cheat” the web servers that I am based in USA. You can download the Open VPN software from the net easily.

One such app is Tunnel Bear. The other is Hotspot Shield or TOR. You can also use the programs if you believe that someone is monitoring your web activities from countries like Syria, Egypt, Iran and wherever.

With the Open VPN software, I have been able to gain access to Hulu, Spotify, Pandora and any geo-restricted website you can imagine. I even follow programs like EastEnders on BBC iPlayer.

So what is Google Music ?

  • Google Music is  “a broader platform” that lets users find and purchase their favorite music and share them with friends.
  • Significant difference with iTunes is that Google Musicwill give you access to more than 20,000 music tracks for free.
  • Google Music lets you upload the music to the cloud and the access it on all the supported devices.
  • The service is free of charge and all can access it by going to music.google.com.
  • Once your music is uploaded or purchased you’ll be able to pin it to various devices (like your Android phones) and then use the  device to listen to the pinned tracks even offline.

If you want to access the Google Music service from an iPad, check the Hotspot app on the iOS store.

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