Google Launches A Music Streaming Service Called Google Play Music All Access

Posted May 16, 2013

At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google has launched a new streaming music service called Google Play Music “All Access.”

?We wanted to build a music service that was focused on music where technology was in the background,? stated Google engineering director Chris Yerga. ?Choosing your music shouldn?t be such a chore.?

Google Play Music All Access is available starting today and costs $9.99 per month in the U.S.  If you sign up by June 30th, you will be able to get the service for $7.99 per month.  The music streaming service does not appear to have a free tier like Spotify or Pandora though.

Google Music All Access allows users to create a radio station from any song you are currently listening to.  You can also see what is scheduled to play within that station in the future.  Google lets listeners get rid of music in stations that they do not like.  The algorithm monitors what type of music that you like and adjusts accordingly.

The Google Music service lets you upload your whole library of songs to the web and play from anywhere.  The service is also connected to the Google Play store for selling music.

The Explore tab on Google Play All Access is a way to browse million of tracks based on recommendations, genre, or curated playlists from experts.  Users can turn any song into a radio station just like Spotify and Pandora.  Tapping on the radio playlist icon lets you view upcoming songs.  The Listen Now tab lets you buy music with the radio feed and recommendations.