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Jun
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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Which Would You Buy Today, The Samsung Galaxy S III Or The HTC One X?

Google launched the Play Store in March in an attempt to consolidate the Books, Movies, Music, and Apps under one umbrella. Obviously the Apps section sees a ton of action, but we're not so sure that the other three have really found any traction. So we're taking the question to you, although our readers admittedly aren't the most unbiased of audiences to ask about this.

Do you use Google Play Music to purchase tracks or albums on any sort of regular basis? Obviously, "regular basis" is subjective, but we're going to leave it up to you to determine your answer. Sound off in the poll, then head on down to the comments to share your thoughts.

Do You Regularly Purchase Tracks/Albums Using Google Play Music?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • inn

    itunes

  • http://twitter.com/danihearne just dan

    I don't even know if Google Music is open to the UK yet? (Yea I done the outside UK thing when it first opened, never used it again after ages uploading, duplicating my music, then it syncing to my phone's small internal memory and not the big old SD card.)

    Loved the idea though.

    • mesmorino

      Exactly, it sounds like yet another google project/idea that's not available in the UK

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        ...and that's because Google are trying to get the licenses from the record labels.

        Blame the record labels and their archaic licensing restrictions, not Google.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    I buy it from everywhere I can keep it on my computer :D

  • http://photo.katzmatt.com Matt Katzenberger

    I buy through the Play store when I can, but often the song / album I want isn't available and I have to fall back on Amazon.

  • mesmorino

    There should probably be an option like "I never buy music *at all*"

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Should be the option of 'I would if I could'.

  • kindrudekid

    GrooveShark Playlist> Copy Playlist URL > jDownloader Opens > Download Songs > MediaMonkey to Tag them properly > upload to Google Music....

  • Ab

    when they have FLAC I will

  • http://www.marketnology.com/ Talib Morgan

    Google offers 320kbps downloads.  Amazon and iTunes have 256kbps.  I figure I'll care if/when I want to listen to these songs 10 years from now.

  • dalingrin

    I buy all of my music through Google Play and Amazon.

  • Juhani

    not available in my country.

    • Me

      this ...

      • GlennStile

        this... :(

        come on Google.. spread the love 

    • John

      Same. I would if Google would let me, but it turns out that Rdio wants my $$ more. Voted "never".

    • Bruno Pedro

      thuis

    • Alan

      Exactly, it's not available in the UK so I had no choice but to vote never!!!

    • Dwayne Wilkinson

      +1 Australia needs this more than Google Play Movies...

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

      I'm in the US, so I can't test this to verify, but for those of you outside the US...  There was a discussion of Google apps on G+ & someone mentioned that if you use a US proxy to connect to Google & activate your Music account, then you can use it wherever, without a US only restriction.

      • ale

         true, it works here in Costa Rica..

      • Frankbrown

        That works to set up Google Music, but Google Music is a separate service from buying music from the Play store.

        • okungnyo

          Freegate: http://us.dongtaiwang.com/loc/download.en.php

          You can thank me later. ;)

      • RajivSK

        Frankbrown is right. I've been using Gmusic since beta by requesting a beta ticket through a US proxy. The music store is not available though...

  • RedPandaAlex

    I would, but i subscribe to mog for all my music needs. And if something i want isn't in mog, it's usually not in Google play either

  • Andreas Trygg

    I would if I could, but I can't so I shant :P
    Meaning, if it was available in EU, I would.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    I buy stuff from Amazon mostly and sync with the Music app.  Only music I ever "purchase"  from google is free stuff. 

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster

    Add an option "no, I can't in my country."

  • Shaun McCarthy

    I'd love to be able to use Play, but I only use lossless audio. I'd be slightly more inclined to use it if it was all 320kbps, but for me to use it for everything it'd need to offer lossless.

    • moelsen8

      do any of amazon, google play, and itunes offer lossless?

  • Tomáš Valůšek

    Actually, I can't purchase any music from Google Play, since it is "unavailable in my area". Middle finger to you, Google

  • Noreen

    Yes, I purchase all of my music tracks and albums through Google Play.  Fortunately, Google's Play Music works well for me, and the price per track or album is reasonable.  I like the fact that it's convenient, and accessible on my mobile device or any PC through my Google account.  (I remember when I would usually buy an entire CD, and I only wanted about one or two songs from it at times. The price for that CD was usually over $17, so I had to consider if I really wanted it.)  I'm glad and appreciative that there are choices.

  • moelsen8

    i shop around and buy where the price is the lowest.. google play, amazon, and itunes (although i really haven't bought anything there in a long time.. go figure). amazon tends to be the place.

  • Downtownjeff

    I compare Play to Amazon. Prices at Amazon are usually cheaper.

    • C_Rod_27

      Agreed. I like that the Play Store has weekly album deals for $3.99 but Amazon generally has better prices on stuff that isn't on sale and they always price match the Play Store when the deals pop up. If both stores offered the same content at the same price, I would buy from the Play Store almost exclusively but such is rarely the case so I get music from Amazon as well. I think Google needs to work on getting the labels to let them be flexible with their pricing like they do with Amazon. Google is new to the party so hopefully they will get this worked out soon enough.

  • Renze de Ruiter

    Like so many others, i chose 'never' because Google Play Music is not available in my country.I suspect this is going to seriously skew your results.

  • storm14k

    I had stopped buying and started using services like Rdio. Now I will most likely start buying again and will look to Play first and fallback to Amazon. Honestly I think Google should have just worked a deal with Amazon to be the media provider for Android. Both Google and Amazon are stupid to me for not working this deal.

  • Dipish

    Wow, surprising results! /s/

  • http://www.facebook.com/filipeggalego Filipe Galego

    It should have the option: "isn't available in my country" 

  • Arnie

    Not available in my country (UK) 

  • mduran1023

    I'm lucky enough to have been born in the US and regularly buy music through the Play Store.

    Of course, the store's selection can sometimes be lacking or more expensive, so I still need to use other services as well.

  • Skillit

    Is not available in my country, but even if it where I doubt I would use, I doesn't make any sense nowadays to purchase albums or individual tracks, services like Spotify offer a lot more value for you money.

    I still don't understand why Google debuted with a music sales business instead of a subscription one, if they have made that maybe even with a limited free ad supported service Google Ply Music would most likely have been a blow out success.

  • aaronratner

    I don't purchase music. There should be an option for that. I already own everything I want. But if I did purchase music I'd do it through the Google Play Store. I'm all-in with Google.

  • Ugalde97

    I cant -.- stupid google doesnt allow another countries to have all their goodies

  • 666

    I never purchase music through google music because it isnt aviable in germany :(

    I can use it with my own tracks via VPN but cant buy -> stupid music labels.. get ur asses up

  • Erythnul

    While I use Google Music from Europe, all I can do is upload my own music and listen to it (which is great by the way :D). Signing up through a proxy was a breeze, but it still requires a US based credit card to actually buy music, so I can't buy any songs. Still waiting for them to roll it out further, it's really nice, but needs to be more global to truly take off.

  • Heldros

    I would if I could

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmourar Ricardo Moura Rocha

    I would but it more, but I don't have it in my country... Brazil..

    I bought some when I was in the US for a few months...

  • Dan

    I live in AU, we have books and now movies (as of last month) but what I really want is music, I use Google Music account that I signed up for using a proxy (to stream music) so I get all the emails all the time about special deals but i cant actually purchase anything. It gives me the shits, I think I would have bought at least a dozen albums by now if it had been possible.

  • dancedroid

    i randomly get the Free Song of the Day every once in a while, but only because it's free lol

  • Babywarezlu

    Not available in Mexico...

  • https://plus.google.com/117125023630262605212 Kelly

    Usually through Google play unless amazon has it significantly cheaper

  • Martin Webb

    Google forces me to use iTunes instead... Stupid Google!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

    I prefer buying my music through Google Music (particularly over Amazon). I'll buy a lot more once they can finally sign with Warner. C'mon!

  • Jonestyler94

    Who buys music?

  • Jakubklepka

    I would purchase music from Google play store if it was bloody available! And I'm not living in the middle of the desert but in UK where most of android devices are realised first!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GU4N7CVDBJXMZOBFO3DMIQZH4 J

    I've "bought" a few tracks, but only when they're free - so does that count?  I don't really use Google Music all that much...  I use Spotify more...  I guess its because I'm not limited to just the particular songs I upload, I have access to their entire music library, so I can find songs I hear on the radio by groups I've never heard...

  • Sébastien Grenier

    I would if it wasn't that I lived in Canada.... :-

  • Snknbshow

    I shop between play store & Amazon because the selection is limited @ play store, butbthat is where I start.

  • sonicdsl

    Mostly Amazon if I must own it, otherwise I listen to SiriusXM or Pandora.

  • Jordanlong20

    I buy 95% from google. The other 5% is buying older used CDs from Amazon/eBay for like $3 and then I rip/upload to google music

  • Vicky

    Only when its free/discounted. Which I only learn about through the emails they send me. If I unsubscribed from those I probably would never buy music.

  • Matt Peterson

    I use Amazon MP3 still, because it's so much faster to just get the song on my phone. I don't want to have to stream it, I want a physical copy right away, that I can do whatever with. The "Use Offline" feature is cludgy and not real fun to use.

  • http://twitter.com/epic_n00b $(‘#Anil’)

    Add "Its not available in my country" option 

    • Himmat Singh

       +1. None of Music, Books or Movies available in Malaysia. I am especially looking forward to Movies.

  • Alex1x

    More than anything I love renting movies from the play store. Where I find a big FAIL here is no option to rent from play store using gtv... I. Mean common, on a big screen I cany rent? So, I use gtv to rent from amazon and it works great. We need access to the same play store using all google devices, yet on my computer there is YouTube movie rental, on the phone/ tablet its the playstore and gtv = no access? Please fix lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/andrewc513 Andrew Chandler

    Spotify Premium and Pandora Free suffice for me.  Offline-playable music, and suggestion-based radio.

  • Adam Jones

    Pay for music? *cough*

  • J Rush

    I pirate my music, so obviously I voted no. Rofl

    • ur name

      ya really, who still pays for music, is it 1993? the only music you should pay for is music that is put out by independent labels that shell out the money themselves to create their tunes.

  • appelflap

    I would if it was available in my country AND the DRM model would allow it to play it everywhere (even in iTunes). Crazy that music is tied to a particular store... (same for iTunes). 

  • Huton Gergö

    I would if I could

  • Paweł Gładysz

    Hmmm... I would love to purchase but It's US only...

  • Paweł Gładysz

    Hmmm... I would love to purchase but It's US only...

  • Deltaechoe

    I use MOG to (legally) stream all the music I listen to

  • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

    I don't download music full stop. I buy the CD. 

  • Timonoj

    I attempted a couple of times, but since it's not available, there isn't much we can do in many countries.

  • Thomas Birke

    I would if I could - maybe even all music tha I'd buy, but it's not available in my country! Greetings from germany

  • Kiamat

    I tried purchasing via Play Music when it first came out and found that it was a major pain in the ass to get the music out of the cloud so now I use the Amazon MP3 store almost exclusively.

  • me

    pirate for life

    • FrillArtist

      Idiot.

  • Nicholas Vettese

    I am not much of a music person, but if I see something I like, then I get it.  I still do not see Faith No More on Play Music.  I would purchase an album if it were there.
     

  • Knlegend1

    Yeah I purchase most of my music in the Play store. To me it may be a little more expensive but its the fastest out there. When money is an issue I use Amazon Mp3 which is fast but not as fast as the play store. Play store is instantly there, then again it maybe the same for Amazon I just never put anything in the cloud. Play Store does need a wider variety of music though.

  • Knlegend1

    I purchase most of my music in the play store because its so fast. I know there are better deals else where but I like the look and feel of the play store. When money is an issue or I just can't find something I'll use Amazon. Play store needs a wider range of music too.

  • etheri0n

    Voted never as it's not available in my country... well like the 95% of the population that is not privileged to be born in the states?

  • Jchenn

    Sadly Google Play Music store still has a long way to go... It rarely offers the lowest prices, and its collection of music is considerably smaller than Amazon and iTunes...

  • hldc1

    I rarely buy music from Google Play, simply because most, if not all, of their offerings are typically cheaper from Amazon. I cringe every time I see tracks priced at $1.29. Absurd.

  • CeluGeek

    Whenever Google decides to sell music to Puerto Rico I'll give them a try. In the meantime, I'm not willing to jump through the hoops that would let me buy music from them.

  • FrillArtist

    Amazon makes it so much easier to download your music when you want to. Downloading your music from Play Music is a HORRIBLE experience. The whole pin offline thing is redundant, wonky and just doesn't work very well. I had to switch to Amazon Music instead because of this. They got it right. To download your music, you just *gasp*, click "Download song".

  • Steve Freeman

    I usually purchase through Play, if it's available. Otherwise, through Amazon. But truthfully, I rarely play any of that music...more often than not, if I'm listening to music on my phone, it's Pandora.

  • Seth Muscarella

    I just get my music from my computer, it downloads straight into my watched folder, and voila... no real need for me to get music on the go; it's more expensive and i'm an audiophile lol

  • l0rd

    not available in my country :(

  • MrWicket

    hopefully they get it out to more countries soon (I blame the music industry for that, not Google) but hopefully this poll can be reversed in the next year. While Amazon is a great option I'd hate to have my only options be iTunes (frak that, I refuse to buy from there!) and Amazon..

  • crankerchick

    I purchased music through the play store on a sale and almost lost my mind trying to sort out the music as it put it in folders by artist BUT the artist names were all over the place and it was a mess trying to piece the entire album together. Never again!

  • a.n.

    Voted never. I buy only vinyl.

    • GBGamer

      You sir, win an ARPANET

  • Magnus Dahl Hegge

    Never... How could I when google hasn't made it available anywhere yet...

  • Mooki

    Where's the option for "I never have, but I might if I could"?  I'd bet good money you'll get a lot less of the "never" and much more realistic results...

  • GBGamer

    I personally use GPlay for stuff I can find, but a lot of the music I like isn't in GPlay, like The Animals, and so I use Amazon MP3.

  • http://www.twitter.com/darrylcobb maxrobes2000

    As a person that owns an iPod and an Android phone, there's no better solution than Amazon's MP3 Store.