Google announced today that it is launching a new music service, which it is calling the Google Play Music All Access service. The new Google streaming music service will be by subscription, for $9.99 a month, and is clearly designed to compete with (or best) such fee-based services as Spotify.
Explains Google, “Google Play Music makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love on Android and the web. With our new All Access service (US), you can play millions of songs on Google Play, listen to radio with no limits, and enjoy playlists handcrafted by our music experts. Keep listening for just $7.99/month when you start your trial before 6/30/2013.”
That’s right, if you download the Google Play Music app (or upgrade it, if you already have it) and sign up for All Access before the end of June, you can get it at a $2.00 per month discount of just $7.99.
The All Access service includes listening to unlimited songs, creating a custom ‘radio station’ as you can with Pandora, Spotify, or Songza (still our favourite, and free!), and what Google calls “smart recommendations”.
In addition you can, says Google:
* Add up to 20,000 of your own songs from your personal music collection
* Access your music anywhere without syncing, and save your favorites for offline playback
* Experience music without ads
* Buy new music on Google Play (18M+ songs)
* Share a free full play of the songs you purchase from Google Play with your friends on Google+.
Presently Google Play Music All Access is only available on the Android platform, and you can get the Google Play Music All Access app here.
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