Google Play Music just upped the capacity of its free music locker service from 20,000 songs to a whopping 50,000. Spotify is really being given a run for the best online music service right now.
Google Music's storage locker powers is one of the biggest differentiators between Google Music and key competitors like Spotify. Instead of relying entirely on the collection that Google has specifically licensed, you can supplement it by uploading your entire collection from your computer, and then stream or download that music to virtually any device that's connected to the internet.
The new storage capacity limit is just the latest bit of value that Google has added to its service. It's really been improving both its free and subscription offerings recently. Last autumn, the service got a nice redesign and song suggestion powers from Songza, the playlist company it acquired last summer. If you choose to pay for a subscription, you now get cool YouTube powers, like background playback on mobile devices.
Spotify, you are great, but what's next on your end?