Google Makes No Sense

Like most users of the internet, I use Google's services for a lot of things. Search engine, domain services, email, entertainment, productivity, and phone operating system. They generally make really good stuff that's free, or if they do charge you for it, you're getting a good deal. However, one issue with their services is that a lot of them are redundant. Here's a few.

Take Blogger and Google Sites. I use these two services for my websites. I use Blogger as the host for this blog you are reading, and I use Google Sites to create a portfolio website. I use Google Sites because there's a lot you can't do with Blogger, and vice versa. Why doesn't Google just combine these two services? Sure, they have different targeted users, where Blogger is more for a general website, and Google Sites is for businesses or intranets. At the same time, just put Blogger functionality inside Google Sites, and make it an option to enable. Google Sites is really powerful, so why not make it even better? Blogger is in desperate need of an update, as the editor is outdated, and much of the customization is not drag-and-drop friendly like most people are used to with other services. 

Also, why does Google have so many chat clients? There's Allo and Duo, a chat and video-sharing app for your phone. There's also Hangouts, which has chat and video. There's also Messenger for SMS on your phone, and Google Voice for SMS on your phone. And Hangouts can also be your SMS client. There's also chat within YouTube. I know Google isn't exactly strapped for cash so they can be confusing and redundant, but seriously, let's just focus on a few at least.

My main gripe is with Google Play Music and YouTube Music. At one point in time, Google Play Music was Google's answer to Spotify and Apple Music, and YouTube Music was just a music-centered experience with YouTube videos in audio-only form. Over the summer, YouTube Music was overhauled to more closely match Spotify, and it's really good. Google Play Music has always been meh. It hasn't changed much since its introduction in 2011, and it's not very good. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" shuffle playlist where the app guesses what you want to hear is very off. The app has a feature where it learns when you listen to music, and what you may want to listen to at a certain time of day, or day of the week, or from your location. The first time I started using Google Play Music as my main music player, I listened to a Billy Joel radio playlist. The next day, it suggested that because on Tuesday, the day I listened to that playlist, I should play that playlist again. And the suggestions only got worse. Then when you're in said "smart" playlist, if you skip too many songs, the service just seems to run out of ideas on what to play, and replays what it already played. Needless to say, it's terrible. I initially was intrigued by Google Play Music because it allows you to import your iTunes library, so in my case, I had a lot of edited songs I either fixed, or jumbled together, so I could stream those songs without gumming up the storage on the phone. However, with YouTube Music, I can just look that song up on YouTube, because it's most likely there anyway. YouTube Music's smart radio feature is also fantastic, and almost always knows the best song to play next. I greatly recommend YouTube Music, especially because YouTube Premium is a must if you watch a lot of YouTube, as it's included with your plan. I understand Google Play Music serves as the default audio player on most Android phones, so I can understand why it exists, but just do what Microsoft did when they killed Groove Music, and just make it a local-only client, with a migration assistant to, in Microsoft's case, Spotify, and Google can move your library to YouTube Music. Speaking of Google Play...

YouTube and Google Play are two brands within Google that service as their entertainment sources. Google Play tends to be Google's answer to the iTunes store, where it's more a destination to give money to Google to buy or rent songs, movies, TV shows, and books. However, YouTube also serves this purpose with movies and TV shows. I've probably bought more content through YouTube than Google Play, aside from music. Maybe this is just what Google wanted. They want the people used to the YouTube experience to stay on YouTube, and create Google Play as the service for people who don't consider YouTube a platform that would have movies, TV shows, and music. So, maybe Google should work on that.

I mean really, they don't have to do anything on this list. They're doing just fine.


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