Google Play Music All Access Review

The new Google Play Music All Access service seems like a decent idea at first.  You can discover new music, play whatever you want, all with a single monthly fee.  You can stream what ever you want, all you want, all without restrictions.

You can even make a playlist of songs you do like using the thumbs-up feature.  They do give you a thumbs-down but largely that’s useless, it doesn’t do anything.  You can thumbs-down a song until the cows come home or the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse come, it literally does NOTHING!  Does the song play again?  Yes.  Does the song come back like the whack-a-mole mole?  Yes.  OK, so why is there a thumbs-down for a song when it does nothing?  I would expect that if I thumbs-down a song it would never play again.  But sadly, this isn’t the case.

They say that they have a set of curated music stations but they seem too genre-oriented and based too heavily on what artists are classified as part of the genre.  This seems to me like that there’s no professional people behind the curated stations.  It’s like some person at Google Headquarters was bored and put songs together and called it a “curated music station”.  They need to hire some professional DJs, people who know the genres inside and out and professionally program the stations so as to provide for a mix of genre-based music.  They also need to get more stations online.

So lets go down the list of things that need to be fixed.

  • When I thumbs-down a song… get rid of it!  I never want to hear it again!  I thumbs-downed it for a reason!  I hate the song!  Never play it again!
  • Get professional DJs to program the stations because Google says they are curated but they are far from it.