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Update: Reader Michael Hungerford noticed that the support page in question was modified some time after this post was published, removing all mention of the "former" name and any indication of a change. Whether or not this means that the change is upcoming, or that the decision has been revoked, or that indeed it was a mistake in the first place, we really can't say.

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Are you ready to read the most exciting Android news story of this Tuesday morning? Then scroll down a bit and click on something else. For some reason, Google seems ready to change the name of the all-you-can-eat Google Play Music All Access service (which, admittedly, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue). And the dynamic, interesting, marketable new name for the streaming subscription is... "Google Play unlimited music subscription." Catchy.

Google hasn't made any specific announcements for this change, but this support page clearly indicates that it may be coming soon. The promotional terms for a Nexus 7 All Access trial bundle specifically mention All Access as the "former" name of the unlimited service. The name of the page, and even the self-referential parts earlier in the text, still call it All Access.

A Google Play unlimited music subscription (previously known as Google Play Music All Access) entitles subscribers to listen to unlimited music from the song titles available within Google Play on a monthly basis.

So why the change? We really can't say, but our best guess is that it has something to do with the YouTube music subscription service that Google has been working on for quite some time. (They've got to get those indie labels on board first.) The YouTube service will be separate from All Access (or Google Play unlimited music subscription) and available concurrently. Tying the Play Music service directly into Google Play might be a way to further distinguish it from the YouTube service. That's just our guess, though - we'll let you know if we see any further indications of the name switch.

Source: Nexus 7 All Access Promo page - Thanks, Michael Hungerford!

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.

  • Thomas

    Hmm, maybe the Youtube subscription would include music as well as movies/tv, now that would be nice.

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    GPUMS.

  • Jon Leach

    I think "Google Play Music All Access Unlimited Music Subscription" would be a better name

    • MyLeftNut

      Yeah I agree just adding music would make a difference. The change makes sense but it's not necessary to drop the "All Access" moniker. I understand how it can be confusing to some thou, since Google sells all forms of media people might think "All Access" rightly means unlimited movies and music.

      • mechapathy

        They should just call it "All Access Music," so if they roll out Movies and TV (they should if they want success with Android TV), they can just call it "All Access Movies and TV" or "All Access Video"

    • Say what again!

      You all guys are so wrong.

      Why don't you simply say for example : "I'm listening to some music on Google Play" or "I'll buy a movie on Google Play"? Obviously we understand the notion of the service. No one never says iTunes Music or iTunes Movies or iTunes Newsstand, it's just iTunes.

      Why do you say "Google Play Music All Access" and you never say "Spotify Unlimited" and "Spotify Unlimited Premium" (their subscription service)?

      Whether it's apps or music or anything else, it's just "Google Play" which is perfect in my opinion.

      • MyLeftNut

        I understand what you are saying but I wasn't aware "iTunes Music" had a subscription based model. Because that is what we are talking about. Nobody says Spotify Unlimited because Spotify only provides music. If iTunes ever brought out an unlimited music subscription I can guarantee you they would include the word music in there somewhere and everyone would refer to it by it's full moniker.

        • Say what again!

          "Nobody says Spotify Unlimited because Spotify only provides music."

          This is not true. The word "Unlimited" doesn't define the fact that it is a music service but a "subscription" option. And people only say Spotify when they talk about the subscription option while you can use it even if you're not a subscriber. So why do they always say "All Access" and not "Unlimited" or "Premium". Doesn't make sense. This is the press fault and like I said this article is making things worse.

          A "Google Play" unlimited music subscription. Why did the writer believe the word "subscription" is a part of the service name. Do you realize this is 100% wrong? And now everyone follow him and some article started to report the same crap.

          "A Google Play unlimited music subscription entitles subscribers to listen to unlimited music from the song titles available within Google Play on a monthly basis."

          Unlimited music subscription is not the service name. It's just an option.

          Here a search for "Google Play Music All Access VS Spotify" to show how the press is absurd:
          https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&es_th=1&ie=UTF-8#q=google%20play%20music%20all%20access%20vs%20spotify&qscrl=1

          • MyLeftNut

            Oh Jebus.

            "And people only say Spotify when they talk about the service with the subscription option while you can also use it even if you're not a subscriber."

            -Spotify only offers music. People only say Spotify when referring to the service (without the "unlimited" tag) because whether or not you pay you still have access to the service, you just don't have access to all the goodies. You are still listening to music on Spotify. The same is not true for All Access. You either pay for unlimited or you listen to clips through the Play Store before you buy.

            "Why do the writer believe the word "subscription" is a part of the service name?"

            - I don't know. Try asking him.

            "Unlimited music subscription is not the service name. It's just an option"

            - Sure, I'll grant you that I don't think "subscription" is actually part of the name but it's not just an option. You either have All Access or you don't. Google does not offer any free music models that allows you to listen to whole songs.

            This whole discussion has been about Google injecting the word "music" into the brand name. Which is smart idea considering that they offer other forms of media that are not up for unlimited consumption. Do you get that?

          • Suqsid

            "You either have All Access or you don't. Google does not offer any free music models that allows you to listen to whole songs."

            - And you are wrong again. I never paid a single penny for their subscription option and I'm still able to listen to music for free. I'm not just talking about songs I own that I uploaded, but hundreds songs with full albums Google offered me for free. I can even download them and re-upload them in another service. Yes, Google do offer a free music model that allow you to listen to whole songs.

            "Spotify only offers music. People only say Spotify when referring to the service (without the "unlimited" tag) because whether or not you pay you still have access to the service, you just don't have access to all the goodies."

            - You're still wrong and the link in my previous comment prove it handily. In every context people only say "Spotify". They never specify "Unlimited" and "Premium" while they always mention "All Access" when comparing them. By the way Google Play Music only offers music, too.

          • MyLeftNut

            "I never paid a single penny for their subscription option and I'm still able to listen to music for free."

            "By the way Google Play Music only offers music, too."

            - Okay, I see you don't get it. Never mind. Enjoy your free music.

  • vidoardes

    Seriously, until they add shared playlist browsing, I couldn't care less what it was called.

  • Thomas Wong

    Why not "Google Play Music Unlimited"?

    • Stylus_XL

      That or "Google Play Radio". There's a few things they could do.

      • HarryCage

        it's too SMART for Google.
        random words and random design elements (L doesn't change anything at all) are what Google is.

      • wicketr

        Or simply "Google Tunes" since it's not all "radio" type listening, and if you've subscribed: "Google Tunes Subscription".

        Anything is better than a 5 word name for something. If Google were to come out with YouTube nowdays, it'd be called "Google Play Video Streaming Unlimited"

        • Shaun Anderson

          Or gTunes lolololol

        • http://css3.bradshawenterprises.com/ Richard Bradshaw

          Google Search Result Listing Finder Unlimited

    • Gabriel Seixas

      Isn't "Music Unlimited" Sony's trademark?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Sony already has Music Unlimited

    • gspida

      Why not just Google Play Music? I'm sure if you pay $$ every month you don't need a reminder to be put in the name of the service.

  • DarthBaston

    Looking forward to the Google Play online store that sells Android applications

  • AbbyZFresh

    Google sucks when it comes to naming their products. These names are either too geeky or creepy, or too long.

    • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

      Example of a creepy product name?

      • Jerald Lee

        Google Now

        • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

          I fail to see how that's creepy.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    I don't get why Google needs two similar “all you can eat” subscription models...
    And what does an audio music service have to do with YouTube anyway?

    • Anthony Tyson

      Lots of people use YouTube to listen to music.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Now when is Google finally gonna introduce an unlimited tv/movies subscription?

  • remister

    Google Music Stream?

  • http://hudsongardner.com/ Hudson Gardner

    Why don't they just drop all the other crap and call it Google Music

    • Evan Gilner

      And then bring back the old icon while they're at it.

  • Oletros

    "A Google Play unlimited music subscription"

    It is me or this doesn't say that the service will be called "Google Play Unlimited Music Subscription" and only says that it is a unlimited music subscriptio

    • Elfsiren

      The sentence even start with 'A'. It's clearly talking about an unlimited music subscription being offered by Google Play. How the author made the leap the that being the new title is beyond me.

    • tehcodeman

      Not sure why this doesn't have more upvotes. I didn't read it as a rename either, only that they were dropping the "All Access" title.

  • Matt R Carner

    Looks to me like they're changing it to just "Google Play". The rest of sentence just describes what "Google Play" is. Otherwise, the Unlimited Music Subscription part would be capitalized as well if it were part of the name.

    I'm down with changing to "Google Play". I'll still call it Play Music though.

    And seriously, no matter what they call it - its probably my new most used Google app. As a longtime Spotify Premiere subscriber, I much prefer the Google service. The Chromecast lab to put a roaring fireplace on your screen while casting GPMAA to my home theater makes for fantastic ambience.

    /ad

    • Deez

      That's what I gathered from it (due to the type). Sounds like now Google Play (formally Music) is to Google Play Store as iTunes is to iTunes Store.

  • Alberto

    I think "Google Play Music All Access" sounds more like a premium Google Play Music service and "a Google Play unlimited music subscription" refers to something greater than that, to me this could be an indicator that both Play Music and YouTube's music subscription service will be bundled

  • SVem26

    Who ever comes up with these names man.. How hard is it to come up with a catchy name? Seriously "Google play music pro" would have been better that this.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Nope, that sounds even worse.

    • Gabriel Seixas

      The fact people try to look like genius and, in the end, are just like Google's guys, miss creativity. "Google Music Premium" would be better, farewell.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Why not just go with "Leet Goog Music"

  • challenge_accepted

    What's the point of running both separately? Why doesn't android take advantage of the close relationship with youtube? I don't understand running both services.. they're going to be competitors.
    The only thing i can think of is maybe youtube is music videos and google play is audio?
    Even then, it would be nice to combine them.

    • Anthony Tyson

      Because the number of people out there that use YouTube to listen to music is extremely high.

      • challenge_accepted

        So? Keep the youtube name and get rid of google play.

        • Anthony Tyson

          No. Just don't have 2 services. Make all access include the YouTube stuff. Then they'll get more all access subscribers and those people that get it just for the YouTube aspect might just end up using the music streaming part we all know and love because they didn't realize the benefit.

  • Dakota

    The names are all confusing to me because all the music I own, my iTunes library are all saved on Google Music (? Cloud) and I stream it from my Google Music App. I dont pay a fee for that (& it doesnt qualify for T-mobile free streaming) but thats what I think of when I hear Google music. It's where I store the music on my Android phone. It seems most people don't view it that way

  • blindexecutioner

    Maybe just Google Play Music would be good enough.

  • Google is losing it…

    So they want to put "unlimited" in the name right after placing further limitations on the number of devices you can connect to your account/subscription?

    Good idea! No-one will see that as a dick-move, Google!

    • Phil Oakley

      You know why they've put that restriction in place, don't you?

      Because multiple people are using it to listen to music through one account. Google and the record labels do not like that, so boom, a restriction.

      It's not good for consumers but it's obvious why they've done it.

      • …and your point is…what?

        Yes; though it has nothing to do with the comment you replied to...

        (Calling something that you just added restrictions to "unlimited" is a dick-move regardless of "why" anyone thinks they did it.)

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

    Here in Sweden it's just called Google Play Music Premium

    • PoisonApple31

      I like that name!

    • Guilherme Caneschi

      Here in Brazil it's called "This service is not available in your country"

  • Zak Taccardi

    Why not 'Play Music Unlimited - By Google'

  • Anthony Tyson

    When they changed to "Google Play"...that was a shit name. Then adding " Google Play" before all their apps was a shit idea. This....another shit name. Get rid of "play" in everything. "Google store" Google books" "Google movies" "Google Newsstand" "Google music" and "Google music unlimited" are a million times better. I still cringe when I hear "play store".

    Change "Google play games" to "Google Play" that's the only time "play" works.

    We aren't telling google to Play things. Especially when that's not the way the word is being used in the naming convention.

    • Gabriel Seixas

      Google Games > Google Play
      Deal with it.

      • Anthony Tyson

        I agree on that. I was just saying that in the case of the way "google play" is used as in playing with something, having fun. That the naming scheme of "Google Play" works with play games.

        • Gabriel Seixas

          Heh, glad you didn't freak out, you're something, bro.

          • Anthony Tyson

            No need to freak. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Especially when it makes sense lol

    • blindexecutioner

      I agree completely. I still call it the Android Market as it has meaning that people understand, especially people from outside Android or people who are new to Android.

    • Krzysztof Jozwik

      Play works pretty well with movies and music, as the logo is a triangle, essentially a play button.

      • Anthony Tyson

        Yes but that's what I was talking about. Its not "Google....play music(or movies)" its "Google play....music(or movies)"

    • LETS

      Let's be honest,
      Google=branding mess+poor childish design+half-baked services.

  • Tom Erlandsen

    Google Play All Access Unlimited Premium Music Internet Streaming Subscription Service is just as catchy

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    This is a social experiment. Google is trolling us and will take to the comments to find the new name of the service.

  • roberto

    Why not "Google Play Music Everywhere & Unlimited Android Chrome Car TV Wearable Access & Subscripton"

    • sssgadget

      You missed a word.

    • Sam Nalty

      with 4G LTE on Verizon™

    • http://idonthaveawebsite.com De5str0yer.

      "I'm listening to music on Google Play" would be much better

  • Rob

    Drop the "Google" moniker and go with "Play Music Premium". The "premium features" being the unlimited streaming for $7.99 or $9.99, respectively.

  • Gregor Smith

    "entitles subscribers to listen to unlimited music from the song titles available within Google Play"

    So, ALL the music within Google Play? so those pesky "album only" songs will be available to stream?

    Looking at you new Roots album, looking at you

  • dhruva

    stupid stupid google. sometimes small things are important.

  • http://www.wwe.com/ Shane McMahon

    I'm in the wrong place.

  • WhyDoesEveryUserAlreadyExist

    Henceforth to be known as Google Plums.

  • ddpacino

    Google Play Music Premium?!?!? DAMN! lol

  • Brett Besa

    I would love to see a simple Google Play All Access. A monthly fee and you have the concept of the entire Google Play library open for you to access applied to Movies and TV as well. That would make the ecosystem a lot easier.

  • duke69111

    Take a long name and rename it a longer stupid name. Yep!

  • Chad

    I like Google Play Music Stream or anything else much shorter than either of those they are contemplating.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, this name is even worse

  • Paolo Panza
  • Tony Byatt

    Dumb...

  • Fatty Bunter

    You're putting words in their mouth by capitalizing each of those words. In the quote, they're uncapitalized, meaning they're just descriptors and not the actual name of the service.

  • WilliamJFlannigan

    I don't understand running both services.. they're going to be competitors. http://tr.im/5nszd

  • FrankJL

    google play music, google music, so it goes from GMAA to GPMAA.

    kEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID

  • hp420

    Google Music Unlimited. Done. It's Simple, it gets the point across, and it's not terrible like "Google Play Music All Access" why the hell they ever changed it to "google play music" is beyond me...even just the root name "google play" still makes me cringe. Technically, it's not even linked to the play store. It's its own separate entity, entirely.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    "Google Music: ALL OF THE JAMZ" gets my vote.

  • Stone Phalanges

    The service itself is not really called Google Play Music All Access. It's just called All Access and it is a part of Google Play. Like Mavel's Avengers or the Apple iPhone. I think people are just being willfully dense when they complain about the name being long and stupid. It's just called All Access.

  • abobobilly

    "All Access" was heck of A LOT better, sensible and natural name to speak or hear than this half a mile longer "Unlimited Music Subscription". You could literally get lost before you reach the "Subscription Part", meanwhile another chap would have spoken "All Access" multiple times.

    Way to go Google. I wonder which stupid person thought of this idea. Probably the same one who thought naming the next release Android "L" was a bright idea. Morons.

  • Mathias Kenting

    The current name is bad, but that one is even worse.

  • Michael

    Just sent in an update on this tip (I sent in the original tip too), the relevant promo details page was modified to remove the mention of the new and previously known as names and now only says "3. A Google Play Music All Access subscription entitles subscribers to ..."

  • Say what again!

    You guys are so wrong.

    Why don't you simply say for example : "I'm listening to some music on Google Play" or "I'll buy a movie on Google Play"? Obviously we understand the notion of the service. No one never says iTunes Music or iTunes Movies or iTunes Newsstand, it's just iTunes.

    Why do you say "Google Play Music All Access" and you never say "Spotify Unlimited" and "Spotify Unlimited Premium" (which is their subscription service)?

    Whether it's apps or music or anything else, it's just "Google Play" which is perfect in my opinion.

    By naming this "unlimited music subscription" Google is trying to send a message but you still don't get. Now Android Police with this article is making things worse!

  • Jerald Lee

    In the Philippines it's called "This service is not available in your country"

  • MrNinjaPanda

    I think they're just pressing the "I'm feeling lucky" button, and using the first random words that come up.

  • Nick

    I suggest they rename it to "Play Music Partial Access".

    https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/6045704?hl=en&ref_topic=1101495