With Google’s launch of their new music matching service today, Android users everywhere are already enjoying the new features with Google Music. If you’re an iOS user, all hope is not lost, thanks to your friendly neighborhood App Store. We’ve scouted out two iOS apps that will have you jamming to your matched music from Google.
Melodies for iOS. From developer Connect Technology Co., Melodies offers iOS users full Google Music streaming capabilities with a clean interface and tight iOS integration including AirPlay support. All of your Google Music playlists, including your Thumbs Up and Recently Added playlist are available for streaming. The developer has also ensured that Melodies supports iOS background processes, meaning just like Pandora, Spotify, or the iPod app, Melodies will continue to play your Google Music in the background. For those who need to watch their data usage, Melodies also allows users to download their favorite playlists for offline listening. Free (App Store link)
gMusic. Our next pick for enjoying your Google Music library on your iOS device once was banned, and then readmitted to the App Store. gMusic sports a much more simple, yet clean interface, than Melodies. It just depends on your taste between the two. At 99 cents, it will cost you, but as with many apps, you get what you pay for. gMusic boasts the same features as Melodies, but also includes extras such as playlist and metadata editing, Last.fm support, and universal iPhone and iPad support. $0.99 (App Store link)
Both apps offer iOS users a great way to take advantage of Google’s new and existing features of their Google Music service. While neither apps yet support purchases via Google Play (due to Apple’s restrictions on third party storefronts like Google Play or Amazon’s Kindle Books), both have something offer depending on what features are important to you, and how much you’re willing to spend.