Google streaming music service announced, called All Access

Google has announced today at its IO conference a new streaming music service and it's Google's approach to a subscription music service.

The service focuses around providing you with featured and focused content based on your listening habits to help you find more music that you will enjoy listening too. The idea being that the All Access service will help you expand your horizons by allowing you to easily turn any song into a radio station that will provide a never-ending list of music.

The service sounds a bit like Pandora but with more end user options and as Google describes it, 'radio without rules'. 

If you are not wanting to have Google find music for you, you have the option to search for specific tracks as well. This is a key differentiator than other services like Pandora which locks you into radio station like services where Google blends both, a bit like Spotify.

The service is available on your smartphone, web browser, and your tablet as well. 

The service costs $9.99 a month and you can get a 30 day free trial, launching today and if you start a subscription by June 30th, it will only cost $7.99 a month.

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Posted this yesterday in BPN. Google manages to sign on the 3 top music labels. Should be interesting. May have to check it out.

If it sounds like Pandora, then this costs too much. Xbox Music is only 9.99 a month and "SmartDJ" gives you Pandora like stations but you can sync your music to your Phone, Stream and play on your phone, windows 8 device or Xbox.

I like competition though, but i'm curious. Why is everyone trying to become super companies these days? I think it would be better if the music arms were spun off so they could compete on their own merits rather than be "bait" for making someone STUCK to a platform.

you can also get xbox music pass for $99 a year, but of course Xbox Music pales in comparison to what it replaced. There's even a lot of dissension within MS on just how much of a train wreck Xbox Music is. Too bad they won't fix it because at the very least the Win 8 client and device sync blow colossal chunks.

webdev511 said,
you can also get xbox music pass for $99 a year, but of course Xbox Music pales in comparison to what it replaced. There's even a lot of dissension within MS on just how much of a train wreck Xbox Music is. Too bad they won't fix it because at the very least the Win 8 client and device sync blow colossal chunks.

Eh, the windows 8 client has had some growing pains, but honestly, the service has improved greatly. The library is much bigger and more stable, the music I listen to stops disappearing because of terms/limitations that the old zune service had, the playback works great and the price can't be beat. 99 bucks a year and I listen to music about 10 hours a day, always on at work and always on when i'm running or riding too.

Wonky name, Google Play Music All Access. Also, "All Access" only if you live in USA (for the time being).

I've thought the whole "Google Play" thing was dumb since they introduced it. Would sound better even as "Google Music All Access".

Here in Canada we still aren't able to upload our music to the cloud. And other services seem to be available but for some reason Canada is forgotten to Google. If anyone from Google is reading this. Please fix.

S7R1K3R said,
Here in Canada we still aren't able to upload our music to the cloud. And other services seem to be available but for some reason Canada is forgotten to Google. If anyone from Google is reading this. Please fix.

someone at google is "always reading this". wink wink

S7R1K3R said,
Here in Canada we still aren't able to upload our music to the cloud. And other services seem to be available but for some reason Canada is forgotten to Google. If anyone from Google is reading this. Please fix.

Just like a lot of other companies and their services or products *coughMScough*. Which I dont understand why they limit things to certain countries.

NastySasquatch said,
Just one question... Does it have offline playing? If not, useless.

Yes. Just like Google Music always did.

"The service sounds a bit like Pandora" ... a bit? That is an understatement.

Well, Google found another way to track and target advertisements to you.

Still an inferior offering than XBOX Music.
It is surprising to see how few efforts Microsoft puts to make XBOX Music more visible and usable. They have been ruling the music subscription model for years.

djdanster said,
Just used the updated app for Google Music (I used the old version ALL THE TIME)... WOW what an amazing update!

One word, HOLO

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