Originally Posted by sonitus mirus
In the US there is Google Music that now includes an All Access feature to stream a catalog of over 18 million songs at up to 320 kbps mp3. There is a free 30-day trial and the service is only $7.99/month for a limited time as a promotion.
I like this service because I can keep a personal library of up to 20K songs, and I am able to upload my own songs that I rip to mp3 using Exact Audio Copy with the LAME encoder. (VBR 0 quality) This is ideal as my own songs are integrated seamlessly in the app with the songs I have added from the All Access feature. The quality is suitable for nearly everyone except for critical listening from audiophiles with exceptional hearing abilities.
It is nice to have all the music I own mixed in with a streaming music service that can be accessed on any computer or Android phone. There is even an iOS app that can be used, although it can be a bit buggy at the moment. Google does have a "lab" tool to make the site HTML 5 compliant to run without Flash. Works in Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE 9+. I've used Rhapsody in the past for over 8 years before switching to MOG. I'm currently subscribing to both MOG and Spotify, as I signed up for both services as soon as they were made available to me. Overall, Google Music is my favorite and I will probably have to decide which service(s) needs to go before too long.
I'm from Portugal and Google Music is available here for some months, too. I don't have as much experience with subscribed services as you.
I've been using Google Music since 0-day, and they improved it a lot since then. I already loved the service, and today I tried the 30-day trial to all-access... and all I can say is WOW
It's just like you say, everything is so well integrated! I noticed that, if an album is already available in all-access, it's not really needed in our libraries... it just gets duplicated, don't you agree? And that way we get even space before hitting the 20.000 song limit. This way I guess that I'll never reach it anyway :)
I've changed to HTML5 too, and I can tell that the interface gets much faster that way.
I'm seriously thinking about maintaining the subscription, just for the peace of mind of knowing that (for the most of the music) I don't have to go around ripping / converting my files and uploading to Google!