Google gives digital music another look with Play Music All-Access

Google gives digital music another look with Play Music All-Access

Summary: Google's director of Android engineering described it as a "uniquely Google approach to a music subscription service."

TOPICS: Mobility, Android, Google

SAN FRANCISCO -- Following up rumors that it was building a "Spotify killer," Google came clean with an updated music service: Google Play Music All-Access.

Introducing the addition to the digital entertainment store during the opening keynote of Google I/O on Wednesday, Chris Yerga, director of engineering for the Android team, described it as a "uniquely Google approach to a music subscription service."

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"Music unites us. It's universal. The joy of music is a content," Yerga said. "With ubiquitous mobile devices, there's the potential to bring that joy with us wherever we are."

However, Yerga described that when the Google Play team started mulling about building a music service, the reality of of this is a bit different.

Essentially, it's a mashup of the existing Google Music locker and Play store with a Spotify-like monthly subscription.

Pricing starts at $9.99 per month, starting with a 30-day free trial. It launches in the United States today, with the promised roll out to additional markets "soon."

As an extra incentive, users who sign up by June 30 will see the subscription rate drop to $7.99 per month.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google

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  • Google gives digital music another look with Play Music All-Access

    Google just knows how to do things right.....Kudos to Googlei
    Over and Out
    • You are kidding right?

      It's just I didn't see the "/s" after your text.
      • He says that all the time when talking about Google

        I agree with the other poster who says that he probably doesn't believe it he just puts it there because he thinks its funny.
        NoMore MicrosoftEver
        • Challenger R/T, you and Moosehouse are just to far behind whats happening

          You two guys have some catching up to do, that's for sure.
          Over and Out
    • They need the permanently keep/copy the 10 free songs a month like Zune

      came out with. That was the killer deal.
      Johnny Vegas
  • Kudos to Over and Out for giving KUDOS to Google

    Over and Out you were probably overcome with excitement when you wrote that beloved post in support of Google

    Were you waving any pom poms? or were you just all giddy with excitement?
    • It took Google this long to catch up to where Apple and Microsoft

      were at 3 years ago. It sounds like they are already worried about people signing up because here it’s just the start and already they are offering discounts. It’s not very reassuring.
      NoMore MicrosoftEver
      • They haven't even caught up

        Google is only just now getting some of Google Play's music capabilities in other countries. Even now, there are G20 countries without it. Not so iTunes.
      • Challenger R/T Maybe you and Loverock Davidson should stop patting

        each other on the back what your wagging your toungs about..Its not who is out of the gate first its who ends up number one in the long run. And one thing for sure is neither one of you to will ever be classed as a number one.....
        Over and Out
        • When you offer a thing in only one country

          Your odds of getting the number one spot are virtually nil.
          • A lot of products start out in ONE country only

            What matters is what happens by next year, if they expand it out quickly or it quickly fades.
            Michael Alan Goff
  • Not that exciting

    A US-only initiative.
    • For now

      But let's give them time.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Just updated the Google music app

    It looks nice but just like the redesign of Google Play, the text is very difficult to decipher . The lettering is too thin and the light gray text on white background is very difficult to read. Needs to be black on white and a little bolder.
  • Now if they'd only allow us to upload more than 20,000 songs

    That's been my big hangup since the launch of Play Music. I'd happily pay for the extra space.
  • If anyone can do it its the Big G!

    This just might turn out to be another Wave... the model is not really sustainable in the long run as we can clearly see from Spotify, Pandora, Rdio. With services like SoundCloud and apps like out there gaining traction quickly, it will be damn difficult for an ever more crowded "freemium" streaming service segment.