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Google Announces Google Play Music “All Access” for $9.99 Per Month (Updated: It’s Live)

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We have heard rumors up until this point, but today during their keynote, Google made their new streaming music service official. Google Play  Music “All Access” gives users the ability to search through Google’s huge amount of songs and the ability to play them instantly. An all new UI allows you to swipe away songs if you don’t want them and the ability to make radio stations instantly based on one song. The price of this new streaming service is $9.99 per month, but everyone gets a 30 free trial. If you are an early adopter and sign up before June 30 however, your price is only $7.99.

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Update:  The service is now live! Get to it here

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  • jtilii

    Are you able to transfer Spotify libraries to Google Play? If so, how do you do it?

  • Matt

    I can’t find any information about the streaming quality of All Access. I current have Spotify premium and it runs at 320 kbs and sounds awesome. Anyone know what All Access streams at?

    • Bob

      I couldnt find out either. I sent them an email but have not gotten a response. I too am happy with Spotify but will switch to All Access if it’s 320 kbps and will work through Sonos.

    • Bob

      Ok, I heard back from them. They said that Google Play will adjust the bitrate depending upon the speed of the internet connection (up to 320Kbps).


    WHY IS NOBODY ASKING ABOUT THE BITRATE? What about Sonos integration?

  • that is pretty expensive 😮 ill hold on to spotify and mp3 🙂

  • Just used it for the first time. Amazed is an understatement. Pandora and Spotify are now dead to me.

    I ALWAYS KNEW since way before Google ever even THOUGHT of a music service that it would be well worth the wait. Not only did they not disappoint, they managed to greatly exceed my expectations. iTunes cannot even begin to compare.

    Google is a company that really stays in touch with its people. {{-_-}}

  • shane lawson

    damn google needs to come out with iphone offical google music app

  • going up against Pandora will be hard. Google should go with that same vertical. Hit us with ads or pay up and get high quality stream.

  • Michael Lewis

    I’m wondering if this will kill Spottify or not? Either way, I’m sticking with Spottify until my month free is up and then I’m trying this. Whichever one I like better I’m sticking with.

  • Col_Angus

    $10 is a bit steep, more than Netflix. Might hop on the $7.99 deal and cancel my satellite radio account though.

    • Derek Ross

      Same thing I was thinking. I have XM and even at a heavily discounted rate it’s expensive for only offering me radio in a single car with a daily commute of about 25 minutes total.

    • Tom Z

      If they are using the same 320 bit rate as the rest of the music, this will blow away the sound quality of the XM. I had free Sirrus with my new car and it was horrible. On the other hand Google Music sound amazing.

  • Mark Mann

    i guess my question is, can you use google play gift cards to pay for this?

    • Mark Mann

      just looked and yes, yes you can buy google play gift cards to pay for this…those gift cards are looking better and better

  • Dean McInerney

    The Play Music app updated with completely new UI, fyi

  • portrub

    There’s an update for the mobile app now.

  • What’s important in getting me to switch from Spotify is mobile storage. I have a lot of offline songs on Spotify on my phone and it takes up a lot of space. Does this have an offline capability and does it take up space like that?

  • Zach Armstrong

    There should of been a free version with ads and a monthly time limit

  • FknTwizted

    I think the “playing my own music as well” feature is irrelevant unless they do something like what Amazon is offering in their subscription where they match my music with high quality and play it. But I would have to say it does sound more feature rich than its competitors are, but i think they would be served best to have the ability to cache the music like Slacker for the people that either have no access or tiered access to the internet.

    • FknTwizted

      Would have to say that the interface is cleaner and a bit more user friendly.

    • Google has done song matching (even before uploading it to their server) and giving you the highest quality version for several months now.

      • FknTwizted

        oh really? It seems that some of my songs didn’t have that happen. I better get my poop in a group and use it more =0)

  • Derek Ross

    I’m playing with it now. Not bad, don’t know if I’d keep it for the long haul for even $7.99 since Pandora already works great and is integrated in both my home audio equipment and mobile equipment and it’s free.

  • Mark Wilk

    For those who click the “not now” button and want to get back to the ability to subscribe: Click on the gear to the right of the “upload music” button and go to music settings.

  • Now just waiting for them to update the app

  • kentholio

    Great, I signed up. Now how do I access via mobile?

    • Riz Virani

      That’s what I want to find out.

    • Justin Winker

      The update for GPlay Music should be live now – you might have to force an update through GPlay.

  • Mchl496

    Im sorry but is there something wrong with Pandora? I went to Pandora One and couldn’t be happier. If it was unlimited downloads that would be one thing but I don’t need another subscription service.

    • Mark Mann

      it also plays your own library as well as the streaming stuff

  • $3.99 would have been good. I’m not going to pay more to stream music than I do to stream video with Netflix.

  • Justin Winker

    Does anyone know how to download the mobile app for this? I’ve subscribed but can’t get All Access on my phone 🙁

    • Hothfox

      Same. Google Play Music does not appear to be updated with support yet. I hope it is soon, before the trial runs out, so that I can determine if I prefer this or Spotify.

      • Justin Winker

        Not sure if it’s just my computer, but there appear to have been screenshots not accessible on the Play Music page. Maybe they are in the process of updating it?

        • Hothfox

          Hopefully. I thought they had app screenshots in the keynote, so I’m hoping they’re just getting ready to push the update out today.

          • Justin Winker

            Sweet, it’s up. Love the new app.

  • I don’t think y’all realize the potential of this. Yes Rdio and Spotify have larger libraries but can you add your own music to them? No. What about Pandora, can you add your music to that, manage the radio playlist? No.

    This is a new service that has great potential.

    • NastyEmu

      Yes, I’m surprised by all the negativity towards this. For someone on the road like me all the time this is awesome. I don’t think there is one service out there that can match all the features.

      • TSY87

        Have you heard of spotify? As it stands, spotify has MORE features than this right now.

        • NastyEmu

          The big draw for me is that it just builds on top of the existing Google Music which already has all of my music available to stream to any of my devices whenever I want it.
          It looks like adding my personal library to spotify would be more cumbersome, and if I wanted it available all the time I would need to use something like dropbox (which has its own limitations and/or costs). Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong about that.

          It certainly isn’t for everyone, but for people like me it’s almost a no-brainer.

    • Dean McInerney

      False, you can very easily add your own library to Spotify (locally, Play Music still has the upper hand of uploading to the cloud). If Google are smart and make their Play Music All Access app much better than Spotify, it will be a much better deal however.

    • radiohead14

      you can add your own music to spotify.

  • Corey Hass

    Grooveshark anyone…its free…enormous library…

    • Dee Mann

      grooveshark is not free for mobile phones

      • Celeras

        The website is, the app isn’t. Last I checked mobile phones could load webpages..

        • Dee Mann

          Most phones pull the up the mobile version of the browser though…and if you bring up the desk top version you must use flash in order to access it…so for this reason it is not free on mobile

  • RichFromBX

    didn’t see the whole preso…did they mention anything downloading and listening offline? – that’s pretty much a deal breaker for me right there…

  • Finire

    Is the update for Google Play Music on the android available today also?

  • Detonation

    How does Google’s library compare with others? I was about to sign up for Spotify Premium ($10/mo) and it seems they have a lot more artists I listen to than Google does (plus I can sync Spotify songs offline and play through Power Amp rather than the horrid Google Music app)

    • Bob Buttons

      Google’s missing quite a bit, at least the ones I’ve looked up. There are a few rock artists (Allele, Burn Season, One Less Reason) of which Spotify actually impressed me with… Google as of yet has barely an EP of the first two and only a couple of all of OLR’s albums. I know it’s in its infancy but still rather disappointed.

  • im guessing google music will need a update for this to work on my devices

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I don’t listen to music enough to justify this. I wish they had a scaled down version for free kind of like Pandora.

  • Asmodai

    I’ll stick with Pandora One. $36/year is way better than $96-$120/year in my book if I can’t keep the music from either. Now if they let you download a DRM-free copy of an album a month or something in addition to the streaming MAYBE I’d pay $10/month.

    • Bob Buttons

      Something Zune managed to do right. 🙂

    • Be patient. They may unveil discounted yearly packages soon. {{-_-}}

  • jer85008

    Going to try it for a month and see how it goes.

  • Stephen Parker

    No free option at all? Deal breaker.

    • FknTwizted

      I would be interesting if they had a commercial or ad supported version where you heard a voice ad every 3 or 4 songs.

    • I LoLed at this comment. No free car lease option? You just lost me as a customer 😛

  • What about an android app?

    • should be just a update to google music but it hasnt updated yet!

      • Ken Bosse

        was just coming to ask that. I added a ton of songs, but dont see them on my phone yet.

        • me too nothing

          • Setzer

            It’s working for me now

  • mcdonsco

    $120/year? Yikes…Pandora one is 1/4 of that at $30/year.

    Needs to be a lot cheaper.

    • ceejw

      Pandora isn’t really comparable since you can’t listen to anything you want on demand.

      • Mchl496

        Yea but for the price it can’t be beat. If you really want something on demand… go to youtube.

    • Jorge Suarez

      Pandora does not let you look up songs, is only radio.

  • Tim Buchanan

    I got grandfathered into Grooveshark at $30/year. Gonna stick with that.

  • AHawke

    Wooot! Just signed up for the free trial for the new all access music. I’ll be giving it the once over and seeing how it works now.

  • Eric

    Will definitely try it out and compare it to Spotify.

  • EraserXIV

    Eh, make that $8 into $5 and I’d give it a shot. For $2 more I’d rather shell out for Spotify and their more developed ecosystem. I’d take a gamble on Google for 50% though.. too bad.


    For $10.00 a month I would rather just buy 10 songs at .99 cents a month and keep them. No thanks.

    • Justin Winker

      Don’t forget tax 😛

      And it’s $7.99 before June 30th.

      • FknTwizted

        I think you missed his point.

        • Justin Winker

          No, I got his point. Isn’t that what Xbox Music (Zune music?) gives you? I can see it not being of use to certain people, but I’d rather have all songs available to me if I want them, and a cost of $7.99 per month is a lot better than having to pay for each song I like.

    • Big EZ

      It would take me no time to purchase the 6000 songs me and my wife have on Rhapsody with this method, genius!

  • Andy Christiansen

    Do you get to pick the music you want to play?

  • jak_341

    No thanks. I will pass. Pandora One is $3.99 per month.

  • derek connolly

    This is something I am very excited for!

  • Will this replace the current Google Play Music where I can simply buy the albums/songs I want t own?

  • Bob Buttons

    How about being able to upload more of your own? Even if having to pay for more space. The fact it’s not even an option is ridiculous.

    • You have more than 20,000 songs?

      • John Burton

        You don’t?

      • Bob Buttons

        A lot of people do. Just search the 20,000 limit on Google’s help forums and you’ll see numerous people complaining about not getting around it or being able to purchase more.

  • randy

    Why would i switch to this from Spotify when Spotify has deals with all the labels and not just two.

    • markgbe

      because it’s way better. GOODBYE SPOTIFY

      • mjmedstarved

        Not sure if serious, or..

      • radiohead14

        at the moment.. playback on spotify is smoother.. but i’m sure this will get ironed out in time. there’s still a bit of buffering on gplay music.

        • Justin Winker

          That might be your internet connection.. When playing on WiFi or HSPA+, I only have the initial 2-3 second buffering period, but after that it’s smooth through the rest of the song.

          • radiohead14

            i was using the internet connection at work, which is definitely not slow. i’m sure it was just a hiccup when everyone was trying to sign up for the tryout. i’ll check it out again later.

          • Justin Winker

            OK – good luck!

    • Because it’s not just playlists

      • TSY87

        if you are implying spotify is only playlists then you are wrong. It has the same radio feature.

        • I wasn’t referring to the radio. I was talking more about having a library of all of your music. With play music, all your music on your phone, that you’ve bought, along with the music you add to your library via all access show up in the same place. Spotify doesn’t have the library to just scroll through even your artists.. that’s a deal breaker for me personally.

    • Riz Virani

      There is a 30 day free trial to try it out. if you don’t like it, move on.

    • ShadrachCA

      Google has deals with all three major labels. Warner Music was announced in March. Sony and Universal were announced yesterday.

  • AHawke

    Where is the sign up link..I’m in. I’ve been using spotify for a long time and love it but I’m always all about Google so I’ll give it a shot

  • I want this in my life.

  • MikeCiggy

    That’s not a bad price and is pretty much on par with what Pandora charges for Pandora One

    • Not really…Pandory One is what $36.99 a year. This would be $120.00 a year.

      • Justin Winker

        $96 through June 30th*

      • NastyEmu

        Unless Pandora has changed dramatically since I stopped using it, they aren’t really comparable. This let’s you play whatever song you want whenever you want, in addition to the songs already in your library. Spotify is the better comp and I believe that is $10/month if you want to be able to use it on mobile devices.

        • Asmodai

          To my mind making you specify the music is a negative (and easier on their end) not a positive. I’d rather train it to select music I like and get to hear songs I haven’t heard in ages or new songs I’ve never heard before that I’d never have thought to specify. Manually setting up playlists is a huge MINUS to me. Hell if I just want to hear a specific song I’ll look it up on youtube.

          • NastyEmu

            It doesn’t make you specify the music. It’s just an option if you want that level of control. It will do all the things you mention in your comment. It sounds like you didn’t actually watch the presentation.

          • Asmodai

            My point was that specifying music isn’t something to pay MORE for. They have to do nothing extra to play the music you tell them to. The “service” is in having good algorithms to figure out what you want without you having to specify. Pandora One does that for under $40/year why would I pay MORE to have even more basic features added. It’s easy enough to stream song X from a number of places (I cited Youtube but you could prefer others) for free so having that ability doesn’t justify the huge price jump over Pandora in my mind.

          • NastyEmu

            We’re arguing different things. All my original comment said was that this new service and pandora shouldn’t be compared as they are offering very different things.

          • FLHC

            but then you have to deal with buffering/loading/ads. I have people over at my place all the time and youtube is a pain sometimes with all the loading. This gives you pandora and whatever song you want instantly in one convenient package.

  • Greg

    I hope they have an option for me to share my subscription with my family. I would pay for it if it could be used by all four users in my house.

    • Nick Bell

      This would be nice..

      unrelated, what Yeti you ride? I raced on their Grassroots team for a few years..

      • Greg

        Same as you, ASR7. Swan3609. I remember you name from your sick back flip video.

        • Nick Bell

          Haha, good to know my name is known in the Yeti Tribe.. I just added a SB to the mix!

    • What my wife and I have done for a while is I added my account to her phone, you can then switch accounts via the music app

    • EatUrCrap

      I pressed “not now” earlier because I didn’t have time to check it out at the time, but now I can’t figure out how to start my free trial 🙁

      • michael arazan

        The offer is in the play store, main , and in your settings of the New Google Music app

      • Smeckle

        Clear the app data. You’ll have to reload everything, but it’ll give you the offer again when you start it up.

    • S.Ober

      8 bucks to switch from Pandora which is full of Ads and only 6 skips. Yeah I paid already.

  • sc4fpse

    $10/month? No way. Not if none of that music becomes mine permanently. You could hear the hesitation in the audience’s applause when he announced that.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Or $7.99/m if you sign up before June 30th.

      • magnimus1

        Is the 7.99 for one month or for life?

        • Finire

          “You will be automatically subscribed for $7.99/month unless you cancel by Jun 14, 2013”

    • Spotify and Rdio are very popular.

      • sc4fpse

        I honestly don’t know anyone who pays for either service.

        • ceejw

          Spotify has 6 million paying subscribers.

        • ArrowCool

          I pay for Spotify.
          Now you know 1 person. 🙂

          • I pay for Spotify as well, I really enjoy the service, if the service from Google compares in music selection and new albums add times I would switch for the lower 7.99 price.

        • radiohead14

          been paying for spotify since day 1. was actually surprised when i first heard my coworker’s spotify playing ads.

      • Big EZ

        Also Rhapsody. Anyone know how Spotify compares to Rhapsody?

    • markgbe

      lol are you from 1976?

  • I’m so happy right now.