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As part of the first day of its Goole I/O tech developer conference this week, Google launched a subscription-based streaming music service called Google Play Music All Access. During the annual event, held in San Francisco, Google’s engineering director for Android, Chris Yerga, announced the new service, which is set to compete against existing music-streaming sites such as Spotify and Rdio.

Even Google’s major competitor, Apple, which still doesn’t have a streaming music service, may see its iTunes market share challenged by All Access. All Access is part of the Google Play platform which allows users to browse and purchase music, magazines, books, movies, television programs, and applications published through Google.

All Access costs $9.99 per month, with a 30-day free trial, but customers signing up before June 30th will pay a reduced monthly fee of $7.99. All Access provides unlimited access to Google’s entire online streaming music library, which is based on licensing agreements with music companies such as Universal Music and Sony Music Entertainment.

The subscription service can be used through the Google Play Web client and on Android devices. Subscribers can also add songs from the library to their devices for offline access. In addition, the monthly subscription includes a custom radio feature based on the songs, artists, and albums you select. All songs can be managed in playlists, purchased for download, and shared on Google+.

Included in the service for both subscribers and non-subscribers, is free access to the Google Play music storage locker which lets you upload up to 20,000 of your own songs and albums from your computer using the cross-platform Google Play Music Manager. The manager scans your iTunes library and any music folder on your computer and matches it with the same songs from the Google Play library. Copies of your songs not found in the Google library will be uploaded to your account.

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All Access is currently US only, but if successful, might expand to other parts of the world in the future.

So what do you think of Google new music streaming service? Will you try it out or switch from your existing online music subscription?


  1. Matjaz M
    May 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I think that they don't deserve using "All Access" in name since it can be accessed only in US.

  2. Alex
    May 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hmm, interesting. I think I'm going to stick to Torch Music since it's free!

  3. David Moreira
    May 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I'll keep my Spotify subscription, thanks!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 19, 2013 at 2:08 am

      David, I'll probably stay with Rdio, but I really like the Radio feature, and the current $2 savings for a Google Play subscription. I also won't switch because GP doesn't play on iPhone yet.

  4. macwitty
    May 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Not sure about coming to other countries. Their music service (upload your own music and buy) have been around for long time and I always got "not available in your country" when not logged in behind proxy

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 19, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Macwitty, can you access other services like Spotify or Rdio?

      • macwitty
        May 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Yes we got them both in Sweden. We got Spotify first as it was started here. Have to pay a bit more for Rdio than for people in US or Canada. For most of the others we have to make "tricks". Like signing up with a fake US address to get the US iTunes store or go behind proxy to get Google music

  5. Scott M
    May 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Itunes began the process of change in how we procure music.Unfortunately we still aren't able to own them.We only really lease them.Apple remains content with this system as do other providers.The one good aspect of Google among their many faults,is that they are attempting to deal with the change in buying habits in music and video media and are recognising also the changes occurring with current copyright legislation and its failure to evolve with the changes brought about through the internet.I hope they and others continue to suggest and adopt new copyright laws that will reflect the new paradigm and ensure that artists and those with patented material labels will be able to receive payment and that it will not threaten innovation.We now live in a landscape with continually evolving legislation and changes in how products are vended and owned..The constant battles from larger organizations suing new alternatives in order to have remain as things always were is a losing Luddite game.We didn't protect wagon makers or buggy whip manufacturers when there products became outmoded.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 19, 2013 at 2:05 am

      Excellent point, Scott. Of course, I just say nationalize all the streaming music and bring these turf wars to an end. Put all music in the cloud for everyone to access.

  6. Nevzat A
    May 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I hate when many good services are introduced US only :(

    • Matt
      May 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      I activated this service outside the USA. It would not let me do this on my laptop but when using my android phone (GS4) on my same wifi it let me activate All Access. I can now use All Access on all my devices not just the phone.

      Seems like once the service is activated it can be used from anywhere - so maybe a VPN could work as well?

      • Bakari Chavanu
        May 19, 2013 at 2:02 am

        Nevzat, thanks for pointing this out about availability of the service outside the U.S.. Sometimes it's difficult to know this if you don't live outside the States.

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          May 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

          Seems like you guys get all the cool things :)

        • Greg
          May 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

          Wherever you are, I'm sure you guys get the cool things first sometimes to

    • Chris Foley
      May 19, 2013 at 12:26 am
      • Nevzat A
        May 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

        Thanks Chris for the great link!

        • Chris Foley
          May 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

          No problem. :D

  7. Chris Foley
    May 18, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I Just got the service, and I love the access to all the music, and the ability to offline songs, but making the playlists could be re-done, its taking me a long time to pick and choose the songs I want for different playlists.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 19, 2013 at 2:00 am

      Chris, thanks for letting us know this. Because Google Play uploaded most of music from my iTunes library, it added those playlists to the Google Play system. However, I wish GP had smart playlists, for those are what I use most.

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