Google Play Music All Access (unofficially) coming to iOS

Summary:Google snubbed iOS users with its All Access music subscription service, but developer James Clancey has submitted an app to the App Store that will bring Google music subscriptions to the iPhone.

Google Play Music All Access, a subscription music service akin to Spotify and Radio, was announced with much fanfare at the company's I/O developer conference last month, but iPhone users were left in the cold.

Although the service is (predictably) Android-only, a sharp developer has already got it working with iOS and today submitted his code to the App Store for approval. James Clancey's gMusic ($1.99, App Store) is the most popular Google Music app for iOS and it's getting a new feature really soon-now. 

gMusic 5.2.1 – the current version — only plays music that you've uploaded to Google Listen Now (formerly 'Google Music'), but according to Wired, Clancey spent the weekend coding an update to support the subscription service after hearing Google announce All Access last week at I/O. 

Clancey submitted gMusic 6.0 to Apple for approval that adds support for Google Play's Music All Access feature, the $10 per month all-you-can-eat music subscription service designed to compete with Spotify, Rdio and others.

Clancey tells me that the main focus of gMusic 6.0 is All Access, full search, adding music and radio stations. The other good news is that he's not planning a price change for 6.0, at least not immediately. 

Apple's been long rumored to be developing its own "iRadio" subscription music service, but it's recently rumored to have hit a rough spot in negotiations with Sony Music and Warner Music Group. CNET notes that the impasse is over fees to be paid for skipped songs:

Apple and Sony Music, the world's second largest music label, are still trying to hammer out details over how much Apple would pay for songs that people listen to a fraction of and then skip, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

There's no telling if Apple will approve gMusic 6, but I can't see why it wouldn't. If you don't already pay a subscription for one of the other competing music services, gMusic 6 might be a nice option.  

Topics: Apple, Cloud, Google, iOS, iPhone, Mobility


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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