Google has released its music streaming service in November 2011, being free for Standard. However, in order to have access to any song in the Google Play catalogue, users have to pay $9.99/month, while the family plan (up to 6 members) costs $14.99/month. This application can be installed on Android and iOS devices and like any other application, it’s updated regularly. The problem is that the latest version comes with… a problem!
Google Play Music allows you to store up to 50,000 songs from your personal music collection, subscribe to podcasts and you’ll get smart recommendations based on your taste. Plus, you can listen to free, curated radio, with songs selected by experts. Subscription-only features include YouTube Red membership, ad-free, uninterrupted listening, on-demand access to over 35 million songs and the possibility to download songs and listen to them offline.
Other music services are able to stream in higher bitrates, but Gogole Play Music supports 320 Kbps, which makes the sound quality inferior to CD quality. Google doesn’t seem to want to do something about this, and if this feature won’t be improved soon, then more and more users will start to be disappointed and will ditch this service in favor of other rivals.
Some paying Google Music subscribers have reported that while they were listening to music in their cars, they’ve noticed that Google Play Music Android app was playing music with mono sound. “. Not every song is affected, for example, I could end up with several songs in a row playing in mono, followed by one or two songs in stereo, followed by another few in mono and so on,” has complained Seán Byrne of Myce.com.
He made some web searches and he found other that there are many users who started facing this issue around the 6th August. According to reports, most music streamed plays in mono, while music that was downloaded plays in stereo and even if users reinstall the app and clear its cache, they can’t fix the problem.
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