After months of being prompted I finally decided to give the Google All Access music a try however it seems impossible to actually download any of the songs from the online library locally to my computer.
The only way I have found that this is possible is to add each song to my library and then in Google Music Manager select to download my library. Whilst atm the library is small (around 800 songs) that still takes a substantial amount of time to download in the future that will just become ridiculous to download an entire library for what might be one or two tracks etc.
Secondly, the manager seems completely dumb and just creates duplicates of the files I actually uploaded to it from my own collection that is local already. So much so that I cancelled it at first and looked around for alternatives and then re-started when I came up dry and it started creating duplicates of the duplicates!!
I found one application that appeared to do exactly what I wanted but it stripped the DRM out completely which is obviously not exactly legit so I got rid of it, not to mention after "downloading" 10 or so tracks it claims it needs a license ($16.99 for 3 months).
It seems like google have invested absolutely no time in effort for anyone who isn't using android or am I missing some hidden gem? I just want the music locally on my laptop so I can listen to it in my own player? Are there any music services that allow this?