Storing music on a cloud is not a new thing – Apple entered the market over a year ago by releasing iMatch – Music in the consumer’s current library is scanned, and any songs available in the iTunes Store is added to the consumers iCloud. Then consumers can stream their music from the iCloud to any of their iOS devices – for a price of $24.99/year
Google Play recently announced it’s new matching feature with essentially the same offer, with a major exception –
The service is Free.
Google Play limits you to upload 20,000 songs to the service for free plus songs bought in the Google Play store, whereas iMatch’s offer is 25,000 songs plus songs purchased in the iTunes store. Regardless, the difference of 5,000 songs seems hardly of importance when factoring the price structure of each. iMatch’s fee and limited nature makes it a hard choice to select in light of Google Play’s offer. It seams Apple will have to make some changes if it wants to stay competitive in this market.