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Look Out iOS – Google Music Is Here With One Month’s Free Radio

Mark O'Neill 19-11-2013

The market for streaming music apps is getting quite crowded these days with apps like Spotify, Sky.FM, Pandora, and Apple’s iTunes Radio Getting to Know iTunes 11.1: From Radio Stations to Genius Shuffle Along with the release of iOS 7, Apple has also updated iTunes with several new features including iTunes Radio, Genius Shuffle, Podcast Stations, and a few changes to managing iOS devices. Read More 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”.


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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. 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?

Source: Engadget

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  1. Scott
    December 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I agree with Chester. All it takes is to take one minute to read the All Access description on the Google website to realize it is not just simply internet radio. It's hard to believe this writer couldn't have at least taken a quick look at the product description before writing an article that completely misrepresents what the service actually is. Maybe he was paid, with arms wide open, by a competitor to post this misleading article to try to confuse and misinform those who might otherwise consider switching to All Access.

  2. Chester Cheeto
    November 30, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Looks like James was fooled by this misleading rubbish of an article. Radio is just one feature of the Google Music "All Access" service. This article makes it sound like you only get radio when you pay the monthly fee, which is completely false.

    When you subscribe and pay the monthly fee, you get not only the cloud storage and playback of your own music files, but also on-demand access to the All Access music library, in addition to radio. So it is like Spotify (or Xbox Music, Rdio, etc.) and Pandora (or iTunes Radio) rolled into one, with the added feature of allowing you to upload your own music to blend into the Google All Access library. I'm amazed at how many articles written by tech "experts" I come across comparing All Access to iTunes Radio as if they are the same type of service, when they are clearly not.

  3. James Conwell
    November 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Google is still way behind other services! I can get access to as many albums as I want, when I want on Xbox Music. Who cares about music radio? Google has to start hitting the hammer to the nail on some of these things.