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Old 01-20-2018, 10:43 PM
 
Location: SC
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I picked up a Google Mini (it's like Amazon's Alexa) for the holidays. I'm an Android fan so I figured I would stay within the Google eco system. Although the Google Mini is great for asking it all kinds of questions about weather or celebrity trivia it's a total disaster trying to get it to play any music from your Google Play library. I was planning on casting this music using my Google Chromecast device which is connected to my stereo system.

Google allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs to their cloud for free. I have all my CD's ripped to MP3's. So I made a library on Google with my favorite artists. Well trying to play this music is like rolling the dice. I made a video to help show the issue. The official Google discussion forums has a very large thread of complaints on how buggy it is. It's been broke since July 2017. And Google has done nothing to fix it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCMGrgeo-Cc
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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I recently went through problems with Gmail not allowing my pop3 account to access mail. Another common problem due to google screwing something up then not wanting to fix it because Gmail is "free". It's not really since they make money from the information they glean, but that is their excuse for laziness. I've been using pop3 with Gmail for years. In researching the problem I came across comments mentioning that the reason it's not getting fixed is that it's a "free" service so there is little incentive to do anything about it. I think you seeing the same lack of caring.

I'd advise everyone who bought one of these to demand a return of a non-functioning device. I wonder if Google employees would pay attention if a million or so devices stared showing up due to lack of service.

And after posting that I was going to drop Gmail and also look for a new search engine my email magically started to work. I changed nothing at my end.
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Old 01-26-2018, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I hate Google Play Music. We have Spotify. Works great with GHome.
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Old 01-27-2018, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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This video is hilarious. It goes to show the future is not really quite here yet.

GPM is great for storing your own music for free. I have yet to find another streaming service that does the same thing.

Anyway I'm fine with manually selecting songs / artists, that's futuristic enough for me.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:55 PM
 
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I was an early subscriber so I get GPM AND Youtube Red for $8 a month. Does a decent job streaming at home on Sonos and in the car. Not perfect, but I also uploaded all my own music as well.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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I have a 4 month trial right now and I don't like it as much as when I use the free version with just my own music. It's kinda messy and complicated, whereas the free version is much simpler. I also prefer the users' curated playlist system that's on spotify. GPM feels much more lifeless.

For sorting out your own music and playing just that, it's great though.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:23 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I got aN Echo Dot for Christmas. I've used it very little so far. It is supposed to have thousands of "skills". Haven't explored them yet, no time. It does play music through Amazon Prime using BT to my surround sound receiver which is nice. Other than that, I can ask it the time and temperature and I'm sure many other things. One thing I did notice is that if you are playing music kind of loud, it will have a hard time hearing you which is expected. It's probably best to place it close to where you are sitting. You can also use it control A Fire TV. Anyways, I heard that bad things will happen if you mention the word "Google" to it, lol. Google and Amazon are arch enemies at the moment.
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Old 02-01-2018, 06:34 PM
 
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We bought 2 Sonos Play Ones and a Playbar. We are Amazon Prime members. There are about 1 million titles available and books, etc. Sound is fantastic. Much better than I expected. We lol when Alexa or anything that sounds like Alexa comes from the TV or us. Sometimes the response is hilarious.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:57 PM
 
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We bought 2 Sonos Play Ones and a Playbar. We are Amazon Prime members. There are about 1 million titles available and books, etc. Sound is fantastic. Much better than I expected. We lol when Alexa or anything that sounds like Alexa comes from the TV or us. Sometimes the response is hilarious.
I've got both (obviously before Sonos integrated Alexa functionality) and they both have their uses.

I don't play music really through the Echo, use it more for timers, automation, questions and as an alarm clock. Sonos shines for music and TV.
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Old 02-05-2018, 11:24 PM
 
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We have friends that are buying Echo and Echo Dots. They want to use them as an intercom. "Alexa. Kitchen, volume 10, play Help by the Beatles." As way to let the other know they need help. Pretty cool idea.

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