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Mar
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Good news, everyone! Well, everyone in four very specific European countries, anyway. After stretching the Movies section of the Play Store today, Google is also spreading Play Music to Greece, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. Users in these countries should now be able to purchase songs and albums starting today.

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Even better, all four new territories can access the all-you-can-eat All Access music subscription service. That's generally been the way it works - currently all twenty-five countries supported by Google Play Music also have access to All Access. New users, please keep in mind: you almost certainly won't be able to access exactly the same selection of music that's available in the United States, or even in the country next door. The complex nature of international rights contracts mean that some songs that are available in one country won't be available in another, and vice versa.

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The usual 30-day trial is applicable in all four new countries. In Sweden and Norway the regular price is 79 kroner a month afterwards. It's 7.99 Euro in Greece and, strangely, just 4.49 Euro in Slovakia. The reason for the discount isn't spelled out - perhaps the selection in Slovakia is somewhat lacking. In any case, head on over to the Play Store to check out your new options.

Google Play Music via Google Play Support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Stian

    YES

  • Miroslav Gajan

    In Czech is just 4,5 € as well.

  • Nick sdr

    It was about time :-)

  • Calvin Uijlen

    Well done Google :)

  • Labrat

    Obligatory: Where's CANADA!?

    • Calvin Uijlen

      That didn't take long.

      • MarkLastiwka

        You have to admit, this is getting pretty absurd.

        • Sidroid

          Seriously, I'm annoyed. I wish I didn't have to say "The only thing that android doesn't have is a first party music store" anymore when I'm making comparisons for friends looking at buying a new phone.

          • Prezes Dyrektor

            Poland is waiting forever too. I want to upload my 2k mp3s for free global streaming

          • Suchy

            Using US proxy to activate Google Music works just fine. After that you will be able to upload all your songs without any proxies and stuff.

          • edude03

            That doesn't work anymore if you've made a purchase with a Canadian credit card; you now have to create a whole new account

          • Prezes Dyrektor

            actually I tried registering an account using Tunnel Bear but I was failing both from desktop and mobile. I asked a buddy to create an account for me but its not handy using 2 accounts on one phone and juggling. I might give it another shot for the proxy...

    • Matt

      Check out this article from the Globe and Mail from 2010. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/music-streaming-service-rejects-canada/article4190172/ It covers most of the reasons that many music streaming services (Beats, Google, Pandora, Spotify) are hesitant about pushing into Canada. In short, they're paying way higher fees per song than in most other countries.

      Why spend so much time and energy expanding into a country with 35 million people where profit is going to be lower than other countries with laxer laws (and sometimes substantially larger populations...though not really in this case) when proximity to the US is largely irrelevant? It just doesn't make business sense...that's the Canadian regulators' fault.

      • Walkop

        Doesn't matter. It isn't about money alone. Its about public image. This seriously tarnishes Google in my eyes.

        I still love em', but this is by *far* the biggest issue they've ever ignored that affects many people here directly.

        • Matt

          It matters quite a bit. It tarnishes Google's image somewhat in Canada, but putting effort into expanding into the other countries also improves their image in those countries. The Canadian opinion is also likely to be over-represented on English language websites like this, Reddit, other Android blogs, etc. compared to foreign-speaking internet sources, so such discontent is difficult to judge on a global scale from this vantage point.

          If there are more people in the other countries or profitability is higher there, then it will help Google more (stock, overall profits, public image in expanded countries) than taking a hit on the Canadian market purely to increase public perception within Canada.

          Not only that, but trying to decrease those fees by lobbying the Canadian regulatory agencies/recording industry groups would involve even more capital investment with no assurance of ultimate gain. It's easy to think, from the Canadian vantage point, that Pandora, Spotify, Beats, and Google are making huge mistakes by still not being on the Canadian market. But think about it from the point of view of the businesses themselves and it's pretty obvious why high royalty fees, complex regulations, and relatively small population (ranked 37th in the world) don't make Canada their #1 priority right now.

          • MikeSS

            have you seen the population count of Norway, Sweden, and Slovakia. they combined are less than half of Canada's population.

            It must be our regulations :)

          • Matt

            Heh yeah, in my previous comment I mentioned that Canada's population size isn't a factor in this case specifically, but if they're able to make the same profit from fewer people in other countries (because of those lower fees per song streaming) and it's easier to get past the regulation, then it still makes sense.

            It's also valid in the previous Music expansion cases (Spain, Germany, UK, Italy, Russia, Mexico, etc.) or in potential future expansion countries (South Korea, Japan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, South Africa, Poland, etc.). Suffice it to say, there are still plenty of countries suitable for expansion that are likely easier to expand into and will be quantifiably simpler to enter and more profitable to Google. But yeah, like all Canadians, I wish it expanded into Canada as well.

          • murarzxvii

            Poland - big country in the middle od Europe - 38 milion people - still only apps & books

      • Landon Zachary Tetreault

        The least they could do is make it so we can VPN to the States and still use a Canadian credit card :S.

        • Matt

          Well, they did originally; I signed up for Google Music in Canada with only a fake US address. This is pure conjecture (take it with a huge grain of salt), but they slowly made it more and more difficult to sign up for Play Music in Canada. My guess is that Google got some legal threats from the recording industry and slowly but surely made it harder to sign up for the service without *actually* being in the US.

    • Björn Brorsson

      Spoke to a guy I know who work at Spotify about this. Apparently, Canadian Law requires that one deal between the label and them, in every state. And then there was apparently a lot of other tough legislations making it hard to open up a service there. Guessing Google has the same issue. So I think your laws might be part of it. But it is getting ridiculous, indeed.

    • selonmoi

      My operating theory is that the major labels in Canada are refusing to sign deals with Google unless Google starts blocking/reordering search results.

      Music Canada has been vocal recently about its demands:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/23/music-canada-internet-crackdown_n_4654375.html

      I wouldn't be at all surprised if their members are trying to force this as part of licensing deals. They're so stupid that they think that they're better off trying to fight the Internet than giving people the ability to actually buy their wares.

    • Dennis Johnston

      "Canada isn't a real country "
      Barney Stinson

      • TilliBeanHesse

        Then, wtf are WE? canada NEEDS this even if they block the option to sell the music. we will still be able to listen to our music from our phone to our computer to our tablets and not have to redownload all the same music.

  • Orkeren1307

    that's really strange - Norway AND Sweden receive the love, but Denmark doesn't? :'(

    • Lasse

      Stupid KODA :(

  • Hilman in Edmonton

    Why is Canada still waiting for music????

    • My name is….

      Arent you hiding behind candles?

    • Walkop

      Google is obviously too weak to do anything.

      FOR GOODNESS SAKES they basically control the entire internet. You'd think they could give us a proper music system.

  • William

    It´s finally here in Sweden! I have been waiting for this day.
    Spotify needs good competition here in Sweden. (Also, the Spotify app sucks.)

    • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

      Agree

  • My name is….

    thank you from Greece.
    8€ is a bit much though. Spotify is 5-7€ here.

    DO SOMETHING!!

    • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

      In Sweden All Access is 2€ less than Spotify

      • My name is….

        Now you just said that to make me sad and angry

        • mannenmytenlegenden

          Spotify is way better than All Access. I used All Access in Sweden by registrering through a vpn and payed only 8$ a month. But it was so buggy and had a lot less music than Spotify. I still use it to access my 20 000 uploaded songs though. A feature Spotify lacks

      • http://herpa.no/ Joffa

        You pay 99 SEK, as we pay 99 NOK, or?

        • patrik

          Yep!

  • sk_resident

    As a resident of Slovakia, I can confirm this happening. Good thing is that the library seems to have a high percentage of foreign music and the quality is rather good. And about the pricing: 2 main reasons for the low price are the concurent services like Deezer, Spotify or Orange (operator) music and the fact that SR has lower GDP, lower salaries and overal people have less money than people in Greece. (Average pension in SR is 400 € and 1500 € in GR)

    • Stratos Sarris

      Yeah, right! I wish I earned 1500 euros from my work!
      You just seem little (!) misinformed...

    • My name is….

      How is average pension 1500€ in Greece?

      Are you joking me?

      Are we rich and i dont know it? :p

    • sk_resident

      I am sorry, I didnt want to hurt anyones feelings, in every country there are honest, hard working people who despite these things earn awfully less than some other, less skilled people. Greece has a very alarming tendency to forge and falsify statistics when it comes to finances and debt. When Euro the new currency was introduced in Greece, at least one of the 4 criteria was not meet - Government budget deficit - instead of "official" 3% it was way higher. So statistically Greece is (was) a rich country and yet people fell poor. You can thank your government for that. To be honest, the government in SR isnt any better. And do the math: http://www.businessinsider.com/greece-germany-pensions-2010-4?op=1 Lowest: 450 euros, highest 2538 euros. The average is 1475 euros. There are 14 pensions a year, and some people earn pension from more than one origin.

  • SSDROiD

    I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!
    Thank you GOOGLE! :D

  • Mystery Man

    I'm sorry but the I'm feeling lucky playlist does repeat after 10 or so songs. FIX THE BUG

  • kwiato

    No Poland of course...

    • Damian

      Maybe in the next round :(

  • redmafia

    Yea! RIP my-US-based-alternate-gmail-account-just-for-uploading-and-streaming-my-music. You have served me well.

  • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

    I live in Sweden, but when I visited the US a couple of months ago, I signed up for Play Music. Does anyone know how to revert it to Swedish? Because when I try to buy now, it only says 9.99 USD and that I can't buy it in my country.

    • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

      I think you need to deaktivate all access

      • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

        I don't have an active subscription, and it still doesn't work.

        • Ancan

          Jens, did you ever get around this? I've had an UK subscription of All Access, and now I cannot sign up for the Swedish version. All Play Store currency is in SEK, including tracks, except the All Access subscription which still is in pound.

          • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

            Unfortunately I didn't. I'm still experiencing the same issue as you are. Some people from Swedroid have contacted Google Play support and Google are reportedly working on resolving the issue. Hopefully it will be sorted out in a couple of days. If it's not resolved by the end of the week, I will contact support, and I suggest you do the same. But keep an eye out on the Google Play forum on Swedroid.

          • Ancan

            Heads up! Now it worked for me! Hooray

  • Tomáš Petrík

    Slovak Google office commented on this last week (yes, they let us know of the launch in advance) saying that the price is lower so that it can compete with other services - for example Spotify launched here 3 months ago and offers the Premium package for 4,99€.
    So maybe Google understands that they are a bit late to the party (people who had been waiting for a music streaming service joined Spotify the day it launched, like me), so they are trying to make it up by lowering the price and trying to lure the people.

  • Konstantinos Pap

    Greece! Finally, it's about time.

  • wugui

    and no body give a fuq to singapore..

    • AbbyZFresh

      What's the population of Singapore again? ;)

      • wugui

        I don't know. This country's population keep rising, about more than that of Norway I guess

  • Drifter2410

    When will we get Play Music in India? We already have Movies and Books why not Music too. I really want to sync my music and save device space. All Access would be cherry on the cake, if it launches in India. :/

    • vs3894

      Seriously. Newsstand just came, Books has been here for ages, and Movies is here too. Why introduce movies without music ._.

  • Gerard Szulc

    wtf where is poland... again even after some african countries

  • KrisDiss

    here's MY obligatory: Where's INDIA?

  • Kostas

    I 'm very happy with the rollout in Greece. With €8.00 price tag it isn't going anywhere though.

  • Adrian

    No Poland again ;/

  • Anon

    The reason why it's so much cheaper in Slovakia is the huge wage and living costs disparity. I mean seriously, this the reason regional pricing should exist, so prices can be adjusted to be affordable for poorer countries.

  • CZiPEN

    Where is Poland?

  • Arpit Agrawal

    When it would be available in India. It's already not expandable and after that I am not getting cloud too. Please google, launch it fast.