Time to check your email – Google is sending out some deals to an unknown number of users. If you get the magic email, Google will let you buy up to five new-ish albums for $1.99 each. This is attached to specific accounts, so there's no way to get access to the deal unless you are selected by the all-powerful Google computer.


The offer includes albums from artists like Bastille, Arcade Fire, and Drake. It's not your choice of any album on Google Play, but it seems like a fair selection. The exclusive sale expires at 11:59PM PST this Friday (May 9th). That doesn't give you a lot of time, so if you don't have the email now, it's probably not coming.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Trent

    All of this has happened before and will happen again.

    I got this email (UK user) about a week ago and I'm pretty sure I remember it being mentioned previously on this very blog.

    • Don Gray

      I got it too. Google likes to do stuff like this occasionally. I bought 5 albums last time. Only 1 this time.

    • Daniel

      Just checked and it seems I got the email 11 days ago. Binned it without looking. Oh well. (UK User too)

    • Nicholas McDonald

      I don't know why but I've always thought that everyone who is on all access would get these emails. Though oddly enough the deals I got were on much newer albums so it appears that not everyone is getting access to the same stuff?

  • Cael

    w00t I got the golden ticket.

  • Jdban

    I got the emai, but I'm subscribed to play music, so why would I do this? :)

    • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

      If you ever want to unsubscribe from play music and keep those albums.

      While you're subscribed you're basically leasing the music.

      • ddpacino

        This. I always like to own my own music. I just use All Access to play songs I find in movies, find the album and play it, and If I like the album/artist, I'll support by buying the song/album I like.

    • Robert Froese

      What Ben said ... also, like in my case, maybe there will be a want / need to put the music on a thumbdrive and put the thumbdrive in your car audio-deck. :)

  • Taylor00

    AP: Newsletters about Newsletters. :P

  • Joe Anderson

    Got mine, used it all up! Thanks Google!

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  • miri

    Got it. Meh. Haven't heard of any of this stuff.

    • Angelo Davis

      I don't know what kind of music you're into but for $1.99 I highly recommend Chvrches

      • krudl3rx

        If it is "The Bones of What You Believe", they were giving it away for free not that long ago... back when Yeezus was free. I wonder how many of these deals were actually free just a few months ago. (Not that it makes it less of a deal, just curious.)

        • Krzysztof Jozwik

          The Yeezus album was a one time thing, I don't think any of the others were free before.

          • krudl3rx

            Chvrches was free too, that was my point - i didn't get the offer, but i was inferring from Angelo that Chvrches was part of the new offer.

            Edit: Yep there it is in the pic. So at least one of the albums was free recently.

        • Angelo Davis

          it totally is! I remember getting it and thinking "they're this way for free"

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Lorde is quite good.

  • Cole

    Just went through my email and deleted everything. Then I read this article and I was like, I think there was something from Google, and went searching through my trash until I found it. Thanks Google and the AP team!

    • bearballz

      Same here lol. Deleted it and just fished it out of the trash bin!

    • ddpacino

      LOL Same Here!

  • http://comraderudy.com Rudy Riv

    didn't get anything for being a pokemon master but did get this offer! and... already have the few albums i'd be interested in. oh well.

  • Angelo Davis

    I saw this in my e-mail earlier. I had no idea this was an exclusive thing.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      Same here. Unfortunately there's nothing of interest to me.

      • http://batman-news.com Ketter

        Ditto to both. Nothing there to interest me.

  • UtopiaNH

    Grrr, my two secondary accounts got this, while my primary account where I have all my music didn't. Lame.

    • RyanWhitwam

      You can buy the albums, download the tracks to your computer, then upload them to your main account. Google Play Music used to embed a unique ID in the tags to make that a pain, but I don't know if they still do that. If so, you can still edit the tags to remove it.

      • PiLoT .

        I don't know if it was because it was free but i got the free album full throttle by massive the other day and uploaded it tomy gf no drm

  • xxritcheyxx

    Thanks ap

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    My wife got it, good selection, she had over $20 in play credit from Opinion Rewards, 5 free albums from Google, thank you.

  • Milind

    None of the albums appealed to me. This is not the first time Google has sent me these offers and I'm really surprised that it is not more tailored to my taste. I have been using Google Music for at least a couple of years now and they should have figured out what music I like by now - unless they are in an endeavor to broaden my taste :-)

  • Joshua Hill

    Anybody in Australia receive this offer?

  • legiiiiir

    its 1.49 here in Canada. and i got jagged little pill by Alanis M, what a gem.

  • Inderpreet Kang

    Did anyone from Canada get the email? We got Play music after waiting for couple of years so probably have to wait for few years for this offer as well :)

    • g2

      There's Justin Beiber, Drake, canadian artists etc. for 1.49

  • Fussolia

    I highly recommend Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So are they offering anything good or is it just pop crap?

  • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson

    I got the email from Google last night

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    Got mine.

  • ddpacino

    I was selected for the last deal like this and bought a lot of stuff. Hope I'm selected again. I'll contribute to the ecosystem.