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Verizon Offering Six Months of Free Google Play Music All Access For Buying One of the New DROIDs

One small announcement from today’s DROID announcement that we wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss was Google Music related. Google may have said they are not playing favorites since they bought Motorola, but the new DROID Mini, ULTRA and MAXX are the only Android devices to get you six free months of Google Music All Access when you buy them.

These devices also come with Ingress invites for you and 5 of your friends if you are looking to get in on Google’s virtual reality game of capture the flag. As fun as that sounds, All Access is a near $70 value. We are big fans of the service here at Droid Life, but whether or not this extra service will be enough to sell someone on a new phone remains to be seen.

  • Nathaniel Newman

    I’m buying the Ultra Maxx and I’m a Google Play All Access subscriber. Does this means they’ll give me 6 months free!?

  • Jason

    You can stream Google All Access offline…

  • jh123416

    Offer this with the Moto X!

  • Mordecaidrake

    Coarse they are, it’ll rape your data plan haha

  • Joe Lemaire

    What if you already have Google Music All Access? Do they just credit your account? I don’t want to have to cancel my current subscription.

  • Chris B

    That is funny…Yah, free streaming/data eating..

  • Ryan B

    You can exclusively suck up some data!

  • d1sGu5ted

    But what there’s more… Just pay for processing.

  • Stewie

    Sing it with me … “Deeesparation …. Deeesssspppaaarrraaatttiiiooooonnnnn …. It’s making me sick ….” Bad enough they are trying to appeal to the Ingress crowd by bundling that app, most won’t or might not have an invite if not on it already ….

    • Vantius

      It’s easier to get an invite not that players have them too. Also, who’s to say that the people who buy the phones don’t already get access?

      • RW-1

        Yes, I have 12 invites myself, plus would just have to log it on, but it’s still desperate to attract a base using data intensive applications on a phone that when certainly bought by a newb will be on a tiered data plan. (I’m not counting the smarter negotiators here that could get away with keeping a GF unlim plan) …

  • JoshHenry

    I tried this service.. and the music Quality is crap compared to spotify. I tried fixing EQs but it just mad the music sound even worse. I compared spotify and all access with the same song and it sounded way better on spotify. whats up with that Google?

    • Alex

      I’m gonna call you out on this one.. I use both services as well and have very high quality headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50) and monitors (Dynaudio BM5A mkII). There is zero discernible difference between the two.

      Sound like you’re looking for a reason to complain.

    • Christopher Young

      Make sure your quality is set to high. I use V-Moda M100s, and I can’t tell a difference between Spotify and Google Music.

  • schoat333

    Don’t worry, they will make sure you get the wifi notification constantly. Just so you don’t forget and use all your data.

  • PyroHoltz

    Every time I see DL use this picture for Google Play Music, my inner OCD wants to straighten the graphic.

    • CasperTFG

      Next: he’ll start off-centering the icon to the lower right somewhere. Just to screw with you.

  • steve

    people complaining about data usage. you can store your music on your phone. it has 32 gigs

    • Jeralmac

      I own 200gigs of music, that I converted from disc over the past 12 years. Not to mention streaming their radio content and data caps simply don’t mix.

      • steve

        dont get the phone then. we wouldnt even be having this conversation if they didnt offer you a $60 subscription for FREE

        • Jeralmac

          My point is….. complaining about data caps is valid. There’s no reason for it and nazi mobile companies are screwing their customers. I’m not interested in buying a droid, just bitter about the fact that I can no longer upgrade my hardware for fear that I’ll lose my unlimited data.

  • EC8CH


    There’s no VZ Streaming Music service that could have been bundled instead?

    • MikeCiggy

      Vcast please

      • michael arazan

        Don’t forget V Navigator

  • Zach Armstrong

    Trying to suck in customers into buying the devices and sticking with Verizon for 24 months

  • antinorm

    How will early Play Music adopters be handled? IIRC, they got a cheaper subscription rate as an incentive to sign up early.

  • Mike

    Oh No, are we already resorting to gimmicks to sell these things? So if I buy this box of cereal I get a free parachuting gorilla? SOLD!

    • Iron_Catastrofe

      What? I want a parachuting gorilla!

  • Jeralmac

    Hello Customer, here’s 6 months of All Access. No, you can’t use it because of your data cap but enjoy it just the same!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Cache locally. I mean it’s really not an issue if you have data caps. It’s what I do for both GP and Spotify

      • Jeralmac

        And if I’m out on the town and get the sudden urge for Sigur Ros, and I’m not near WiFi, what then I ask? Or, what if I’m in the mood to kick off a radio station based on an artist I just heard on the radio???

        • T4rd

          Tether off of a nearby T-Mobile user. =p

          • PrinceAlle

            Just get Song Spout. It allows you to download google play all access music. http://songspout.com

          • Justin W

            This software has been mentioned several times on several Android sites, under only a couple usernames and with basically the same text. Do you also work for them? I’m really interested in the ability to do this…

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You want too much. No service out there caters to random music lust. Especially with data caps. Also if you cache the music you listen to most then when it’s time to stream you have enough data to do so without going over.

          • Jeralmac

            All I’m saying is I shouldn’t have to. It makes me not want to use the service at all, which I won’t be if I’m forced to a data cap. Watch this:


          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Fact is it doesn’t matter if you think you shouldn’t have to… it is what it is so you adjust.

          • Inquizitor

            But that’s not what you were saying before. You said he “wants too much,” which is bull. The only ones that want too much are the ISPs.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I’m saying the same thing. Fact of the matter is Unlimited isn’t coming back from the top carriers. It’s not happening. You have to adjust or switch carriers and phones not complain blindly

          • Inquizitor

            Sprint and T-Mobile have some form of unlimited. And Verizon can pry my unlimited plan from my cold, dead hands.

          • S_T_R

            I’ve seen advertisements for Cricket and US Cellular that promised free unlimited music streaming (from rhapsody, I believe) with every data plan. So not only did they cater, it was a centerpiece of their competitive advantages.

      • JoshHenry

        wait what do you do? how do you do it? and how does it help?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Just “PIN” by clicking the pin icon in GP. For Spotify you need to save offline and you can play without data no problem

          • JoshHenry

            ohhh.. well i listen to a lot of music through out the day.. that kinda forces me to preselect the mood that im going to be in.

      • D.B.Evans

        And to cache it locally, no SD slot and they short-changed the phones on storage. The Ultra should have been given 32GB and the MAXX should be 64GB.

        Seriously, only 32GB is “MAXX”?!?

        I’ve already moved on … what’s next for the hype-beast?

    • Trueblue711

      Ahhh! So that’s why Verizon wants to bundle it.
      I blow thru so much data using Google Music. Good thing I have unlimited.

    • Grandfathered Unlimited and lovin’ it!

      • Anna Magdalena

        Not any more. 🙁

  • Guest

    Or in this case, six free months of “Google Play Music All Access When On WiFi, Suckers”.

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