15
May
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Today, Google brought it's A-game with a subscription service for Play Music. Now, you can pay a $9.99 monthly fee to get unlimited access to a library of music. It also comes with a new, updated Play Music app that doesn't look like complete garbage. There's also a host of features including the ability to turn any track into a radio station.

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The one key way that this service distinguishes itself from other subscription services is that this includes all of your own personal music. In other words, the MP3s you've purchased and own are in the same app as all the music you've added to your library via your subscription. No more juggling multiple apps and services to use all your music.

The service also works on the web. Your entire combined library is synced across all of your devices and is accessible from any desktop web browser. No matter what device you use, you can tap on a single track to create a radio station of related music. If you see a track you don't like in the automated playlist, just swipe it away.

The service launches in the US only at first, but it will be rolling out to more countries "soon." The service will cost $9.99/month, but everyone gets a free 30-day trial if you don't want to commit. If you do, however, those who sign up by June 30th will only pay $7.99 a month, which undercuts Spotify and Rdio by a full $2.

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Right now, if you go to music.google.com, you can sign up for All Access. You'll be prompted to use the free trial, which will require a credit card on the account in the event you keep it live. As stated before, this is US-only for right now, but Google promises it will roll out to more countries later.

Update: The Android app has now been updated too! You can grab it via the widget below.

Source: Google

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Jay

    I want to sign up ASAP! How do?

    • Frederuco

      *facepalm*

      Did you read the post?
      Right now, if you go to music.google.com, you can sign up for All Access.

      • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

        The post didn't originally have that information, as the page was not yet live. It was updated with that information.

  • CJ Walker

    where do i sign up

  • nawa

    Finally new design, praise the lord Matias!

  • IncCo

    VERY cool, congratulations countries with google music.

  • Shard

    20K song limit?

    • Loren Cogar

      Thats 20,000 songs that you can upload to your google music. Thats old news from last year. All Access is an unlimited streaming music service like Spotify

  • mrsbelpit

    I'm in.

  • Chris

    I'll stick with slacker. None of that "geek" shit there....

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      yet here you are on this GEEK site bitching....troll

      • Chris

        Guess I hit a soft spot....

  • JoelFace

    Damn, other countries "soon" to me means "will be in the UK.... eventually?" >.<

    • Stylus_XL

      I'm ditching Spotify as soon as this service is available in the UK. Can't wait.

      • JoelFace

        I love Spotify to bits but the lack of any kind of album view is s**t. Okay GM:AA might have a bit less music available but for the convenience of rolling streaming into my actual library, I'd at least give it a good shot.

  • samcraig

    Still need to find out about offline/downloading music...

    • Kevin Aaronson

      What I am guessing, from signing up and playing with the website, it looks like you can add any tracks/albums to your library, which (I believe) will then allow you to save for offline listening. Fingers crossed.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Just received the app update, turns out this is exactly the case.

    • József Király

      Only from a few screens (Albums, Playlists), and it is a PITA to use. Seriously, Google?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        if you found this hard to use please go back to using a basic phone

        • József Király

          Thank you for the "useful" advice. It is not hard to use, but illogical, badly placed, and cumbersome. On the old UI, you had the "Select music to keep" option, where you could add tons of albums, artists, or songs by 2+n clicks (where n represents the number of items). However, now you have to do n*2 clicks, with a radically different UI (so you can basically select four albums at a time, then you have to scroll).
          So yes, by design choice, it was a poor one. I agree, it IS beautiful, and most of the features are nicely done, but one of the main features I use, the offline sync, is unusable at best.

          Looking at your other comments though, you are simply enjoying causing drama. Please, do the world a favor, and go back to your cave, nobody needs your mindless defense of things you don't even understand.

  • MR.X

    And germany? fuckin gema

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Isn't that the same thing Spotify does, though?

    • Chris

      pretty much. I still like slacker.. American based. Got to support the american economy you know....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Sort of. Spotify either lacks the ability to sync tracks you own, or it's borderline unusable. I seem to recall being able to do this when I first signed up with Spotify, but I've lost track of how to do it anymore. This, however, allows you to upload your own music and access it from anywhere. Which means if you can't find music you want in a subscription, you can add it. You don't have to use an entirely separate app.

      • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

        That's what I mean, I thought it was possible with Spotify (although I haven't used it on around a year)

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.trygg Andreas Trygg

    More countries soon lol

  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    WHERE!?!?!? I want.

  • Jorge Ivan Sanchez Gonzalez

    Is the app update for everyone?

  • sssgadget
  • Jacob Rollins

    Pretty much like xbox/Zune music... Finally!

  • csernakakos

    I'm dying for the the refurbished app for phones.

  • MR.X

    hey, I see this too in germany!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicksmizzle Nicholas Smith

    wait but, where is my app update haha

  • Eli Friedman

    Has anyone ffigured out how to download the new app?

    • CJ Walker

      i keep checking "My apps" for the update -_-

      • Tim Beaver

        update in play store now

    • Kevin Aaronson

      Nope, will keep trying. Sucks you need flash to play from website on a mobile browser

      • djshack

        You don't (at least not on the website). Under the settings icon, go to "labs." There's an HTML5 lab.

      • http://www.facebook.com/yjlee01 Jason Young-Min Lee

        If you go into Labs, you can enable HTML5 playback.

        • Kieron Boswell

          Are you referring to the desktop site, or that I can get a 'new html5 experience' on my phone by enabling labs? :-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/yjlee01 Jason Young-Min Lee

            I meant the desktop site but this is moot now since the app was updated lol.

        • Kevin Aaronson

          I have tried to no avail. Can't seem to get it to work. Thanks for the info though.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bendik.tlund Bendik Lund

      It's live in Ireland at least, looks friggin awesome, great user interface. All Access is so so sweet. A US proxy and american billing address did the trick :)

      • Christian Riese

        Got a working US Proxy? I tried about 20 now, no is available :(

        • sYndrome

          ProxMate (Chrome extension) did it for me.

      • Justin Winker

        Cheater! Glad you got it to work - it definitely shouldn't be missed by anyone :)

    • Ryan

      I had to uninstall then reinstall. Even after people said it was live here it kept saying it was up to date.

  • Aleksandr

    Does it mean I still will be able to sync and listen to my uploaded music (20 000 songs) without paying? I mean "All access" thing will be not mandatory, just will provide some more service, right?

    Google Music is a good thing, but I'm not using it on a daily basis, so not sure if it would be worth for me to pay for it..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Correct. You can use it as normal. The All Access thing is an additional option.

  • mauric

    I's so sad to see it isn't availible in holland yet. I cannot wait to ditch spotify for this.

  • remister

    Who has more licensed tracks Google or Spotify?

    • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

      It's probably comparable. Google supposedly has the top 3 labels on board. That's gonna be most popular artists. I haven't heard anything about whether or not they or not they have any smaller labels.

      • remister

        Yea I know Spotify has the smaller labels as I listen to lots of Indie stuff. I hope Google gets more licenses, so that I can give up Spotify soon, unless Spotify gets a hold of the Asian license :P

        • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

          You get the 30 day free trial, so definitely give it a shot. I already signed up! Plus, the cheaper deal for early adopters is hard to pass up. That will really add up over time. Worst case it just doesn't work for you and you stop after the trial.

          • remister

            I already did and can't wait to see the new app. Overall, I think the phone/tablet app will blow Spotify out of the water. Thanks for your input.

    • Jacob Rollins

      And Microsoft and Apple. I would like to know too.

  • Rick Fisher

    I hope they open it up to more devices/services. I use slacker because it's the only thing available on my phone, tablet, computer, xbox, and sonos. This looks much better, is cheaper, and I would love to use it, but it needs at Least sonos support so I can control the music around my house.

  • Nicklas

    "The Google Play music player is currently available in select territories." Woo, freaking hoo!

  • http://twitter.com/dexbg Gauravssssssssssssss

    Update already out in India .. New app is slickk !

  • Jadephyre

    Works like a charm and it really looks cool :)
    I like the new card interface they came up with :D

  • Brian Bentsen

    Coming to [insert the tiny country you live in] in 2030.

    *bitter dane*

  • Ammar Abbasi

    Just upgraded to the latest version through the play store. I must say, this time google has done some significance amount of improvement on its music app. No more need of third party music apps for now.

  • http://www.theupload.geek.nz/ the Upload

    Was an update to the widget just oo much to ask for?

    • abqnm

      The widget was just recently updated. Twice. Once completely and then they added the back button not long ago. I am just glad the app has a consistent flow now. Very nice to use.

  • MIkey

    WOW! finally they've sorted out the mobile app, looks and works just like the new desktop based one. Really impressive and works very smoothly. I'm in the UK with about 11,000 tracks uploaded and it searches and streams effortlessly.

    Additionally, the menu slide out thing works exactly as it should, why can't all apps behave like this?

    bravo el Goog, bravo.

  • Michael Lee

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    I started my free trial, and it's amazing already! So much better than Spotify and Pandora combined.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      yup i like it a lot

  • Mark Hu

    One of the downsides of living in the Netherlands. Nearly all of these services are available :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    They didn't update the equalizer :Z

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Hey, the Play Books app was updaetd too, and it looks like Play Music (but it uses an "Up" icon to show the sidebar)

    • Trenton Seagoe

      It does! OMG Looks amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/shoko_droid shoko

    have anyone was able to make it work? every time i press try it free i get server error try again later

  • Michael Sheils

    Anyone got a working method to sign up outside US, I'm just getting a server error every time I try.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      its not for you yet.

  • Matthew Fry

    Still pretty steep for a monthly fee. I just don't think a) I spend enough on music for this to be justified and b) the music I listen to is even on there.

  • duse

    I don't understand this talk of the old app looking like crap. It completely followed Holo design guidelines, and the new app is barely any different, just white.

    • Evan Fleming

      You should look up the article about it here on AP. It generally looks as though it follows the Holo guidelines, but a lot of it is a random jumbling of said guidelines.

  • Niels Delporte

    Works in Belgium too... No proxy, vpn or any of that...

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    The interface is much better and in line with the holo UI guidelines.

  • Andreas Trygg

    I would like to try the trick with proxy + billing address, but can't I get banned for doing something like that?

  • http://www.evilnolo.com NOlo Tse

    Im having problems with the app. It crashes after 10 seconds of starting it. It crashes even when it is not open. I have tried wiping cache, dalvik and wiping the data from the app. I have also tried reinstalling it. Anyone has the same happen to you? Its the top comment in the play store also, so I guess the app is definetly not working for some of us. Im on N4 with PA.

  • Michael DiLeo

    Is there a way to purchase songs you add to your library?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Yes.

  • spydie

    crashes continually on my Note 2, and now google play on my desktop even locked up my computer and had to restart it. Guess it's not ready for prime time yet. Deleted the updates on my phone and no longer using google play until it gets another update.

  • Bruce Gangata

    I am in love with the All Access service, got some great music suggestions plus even old albums I had lost from my collection I've been able to find them and play. Well done Google!

  • JG

    Is the $7.99 special a permanent price or will it go back to $9.99 after x amount of time? And what if I decide to take a break and cancel service for a few months. If I come back will it be $7.99 or will I be back to the $9.99?

  • Could be Anyone

    But like other services only has the same boring mainstream american rubbish with no choices in any Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian etc music, yep the same old wonderful mainstream american rubbish that we all know and love.

  • mikeym0p

    I'd love to see a report on the library diversity of All Access and Spotify. Does anyone know of one?

  • Teresa Fogle

    Amazon offers a PRIME subscription for $99/yr ($8.25/mo)
    For $99/year, Amazon Prime members get:
    >FREE Two-Day Shipping with no minimum order size on over 20 million items
    >Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists
    >Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
    >Over 500,000 books to borrow for free, as frequently as once a month, with no due dates through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library