Playing back the music is as easy as playing locally stored music. You can choose to have the player show you only locally stored music or you can also browse your online tracks. Locally stored music plays instantly, as you'd expect. Music stored in the cloud takes a few seconds to begin as you'd expect while it buffers but the music you are given for free seems to be of a high quality. The app downloads and caches the music on the micro SD card or streaming it, dependant on your choices made in the settings. Other than the slight pause before playing the cloud stored tracks, you wouldn't really notice any differences when playing back and the whole experience is really quite seamless.
The only minor complaint that I have with Google Music is that there isn't a Linux version of the desktop app that allows you to upload your music to the cloud. Windows and Mac versions are available though. Picasa runs using Wine, so I'm sure that along the way somebody will work out a way to got this running on Linux even if it's not doing so natively. I've used Spotify in the past and that runs very well under Wine so I've got hopes for this yet. Still, it would be nice to be able to simply point the browser at a folder and upload a few tracks. I suppose I'll have to use a virtual machine for my uploading of music because none of my computers runs Windows or OS X.
|The interface for Google Music on the web.|
Minor gripes about Linux friendliness aside, this is a great app and leaves me feeling that Apple's iCloud experience will have to be something great to beat the user-friendliness of the Google Music Beta.