The market for streaming music apps is getting quite crowded these days with apps like Spotify, Sky.FM, Pandora, and Apple’s iTunes Radio all trying to get a piece of the action. But now one more is attempting to squeeze in on the iOS platform – Google Music. And they are determined to make a bit of an opening splash by offering everyone one month of “All Access Radio”.
Google Music offers two services – the standard service and “All Access”. Both allow you to store your music in the Cloud, and stream that music (similar to Amazon Cloud Player). All Access adds a radio station as well – which is where they are going to butt heads with Apple’s iTunes Radio. However, Google’s All Access is ad-free, whereas iTunes Radio is not. That will matter to people if they are paying the $9.99 monthly fee to go premium. All Access also lets you skip as many songs as you like.
So right off the bat, those are two advantages to looking at Google Music for your streaming needs. Playlists and offline playing is also supported.
If you use the free standard service, you can add up to 20,000 of your own songs to cloud storage (compared to All Access users, who are able to listen to unlimited songs). In addition to the mobile app, desktop users can also stream songs from the browser.
Currently, the app is only available for the iPhone, although an iPad version is apparently in the pipeline.
Due to their financial muscle and Internet dominance, Google tends to make a lot of companies nervous when they enter their little area of the industry. I doubt Apple with all their billions is breaking a sweat and losing any sleep, but can the same be said about Pandora? Or Sky.FM? Only time will tell if Google is able to take away some of the smaller companies’ customers. What do you think?