Google Adds All Access to Music
Google has thrown its hat into the music streaming ring. All Access, its Google Play music-related subscription service debuted today at the Google I/O developers conference, CNet says.
Pitted against a crowded field with established services such as Spotify and Pandora, All Access works with music that users purchased in Google Play, combining the two sources into a massive library, both of which will be connected to a user’s Google+ account.
Like similar services, Google wants All Access to function in part as a music discovery service. Listen Now, a subfunction of Google Play, learns what music users like and gives suggestions based on feedback. Users can also create custom radio stations, which AllThingsD predicts will be popular.
Google has signed licensing deals with several music labels to provide content.
All Access is now available online and on Android devices, with a free 30-day trial. Those who sign up before June 30 can subscribe $8 per month, while users who jump on the bandwagon later will have to pony-up $10, AllThingsD writes. The service is not yet available for iOS devices.