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  • Google to Take On Music Streaming Service Spotify and Pandora with All Access


    Google introduced its long-anticipated Spotify competitor: Google Play Music All Access, a “unique Google approach” to subscription music service. Google’s engineering director, Chris Yerga, announced the new music service during the keynote for the search giant’s annual Google I/O developer conference. The streaming service is quite similar to popular music service Spotify with some elements similar to Internet radio service, Pandora. According to Yerga:

    We set out to build a music service that didn't just give you access to the world of music, but also helped guide you through it.
    All Access focuses on personalized recommendations, using a feature called Explore. Explore allows users to start a radio station from an individual track .Once the station is established, users can tailor the tracks that will pay to their likes by stopping tracks that they don’t want to hear. Then new streaming service will also suggest new releases and other tracks that Google thinks users will enjoy based on their listening habits. Furthermore, All Access will allow users to blend their own Google Play-stored tracks in on playlists with All Access songs as well.

    Google’s move into streaming will bring the company closer into competition with not only Spotify and Pandora but also potentially Apple. The Cupertino California company is said to be working on its own radio service which is said to debut sometime this summer. Much of the negotiations with major record labels is said to already be done but holdouts among some labels are the reason behind the delayed announcement and rollout of Apple’s streaming option.

    Those of you interested in Google’s All Access offering will be able to use it starting today, May 15th for a fee of $10 per month. Google is apparently opening up the service to all users in the country with a 30-day free trial. Users who begin their trial before June 30 will be able to take advantage of a special discount and get accessing to the streaming music service for $8 per month as opposed to $10.

    Will any of you be using the All Access?

    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google to Take On Music Streaming Service Spotify and Pandora with All Access started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Courtn2122's Avatar
      Courtn2122 -
      Can't seem to find a link to sign up for the service. As a premium user of spotify I am highly interested to see what google brings to the table.
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by Courtn2122 View Post
      Can't seem to find a link to sign up for the service. As a premium user of spotify I am highly interested to see what google brings to the table.
      Hit the source link.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Shame its only available in the US currently
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Meh
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Once they get the iOS app approved, I'd switch over from Spotify.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I still can't justify paying for music that doesn't belong to me.
    1. oldskoolsk8r's Avatar
      oldskoolsk8r -
      Nope not at all, use pandora and spotify occasionally when driving to and from work which is 35 min each way and at the gym, that's it for my music listening.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I still can't justify paying for music that doesn't belong to me.
      Confused by this. You do know these companies get licensing to allow these services right? When you pay a subscription it's no different than paying for satellite or cable tv. Your paying for right to listen.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      Confused by this. You do know these companies get licensing to allow these services right? When you pay a subscription it's no different than paying for satellite or cable tv. Your paying for right to listen.
      Yes, I know its licensed.

      For me, though, the difference between paying for cable and paying to listen to music is: I'm used to not owning TV shows but I am used to owning music. With music, if I wanted to listen to it, then I either use a radio or buy the album. Once I bought an album, I can repeat a song 50 times if I want; I can learn other songs I didn't know about; I have complete control of what I listen to.

      With Spotify, I 'pay' to create a compilation of music I like but what about the stuff I don't know about? Can I listen to Bassnectar's full album even though I dont know the track names? What if I want to repeat a song 50 times or just play only 4 songs all day long. And even if I could do that stuff, I still don't own the album to do what I please w/ it. Hope that makes sense! LOL!
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Yes, I know its licensed.

      For me, though, the difference between paying for cable and paying to listen to music is: I'm used to not owning TV shows but I am used to owning music. With music, if I wanted to listen to it, then I either use a radio or buy the album. Once I bought an album, I can repeat a song 50 times if I want; I can learn other songs I didn't know about; I have complete control of what I listen to.

      With Spotify, I 'pay' to create a compilation of music I like but what about the stuff I don't know about? Can I listen to Bassnectar's full album even though I dont know the track names? What if I want to repeat a song 50 times or just play only 4 songs all day long. And even if I could do that stuff, I still don't own the album to do what I please w/ it. Hope that makes sense! LOL!
      Btw




      Never heard if bassnectar but a quick search and I can listen to any song on these albums. I can listen to it on repeat just as if it was purchased through iTunes. Yea you download the track and do your own mix with it but you can make playlists and even start a radio station and maybe discover new things that are related.

      For me I don't like the limitation of having to buy an album or only listen to music I own. I like playing things and listening to random music and be able to search for songs that maybe I forgot about or someone told me about. I am all about media streaming services
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      These services would all be 100% better if so many of us didn't have data caps. I can't stream music in the car to/from work for a month without it getting very expensive. (I share 4gb between 3 lines on Verizon)
      On the other hand, with all the info google gathers on people, their personalized playlists better be great!
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      These services would all be 100% better if so many of us didn't have data caps. I can't stream music in the car to/from work for a month without it getting very expensive. (I share 4gb between 3 lines on Verizon)
      On the other hand, with all the info google gathers on people, their personalized playlists better be great!
      I know with spotify you can download the music for "offline" play. So you can still listen to songs you download at home on wifi anywhere with out using data
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      I know with spotify you can download the music for "offline" play. So you can still listen to songs you download at home on wifi anywhere with out using data
      Exactly. I have over 200 songs in my Spotify stared list that are offline, so no data is hit.(even though I'm unlimited )


      I don't like that Google has no free option. One cool thing about Spotify is having so many people on it and going in and looking at what they are listening to...then grabbing a song if I like it and adding it to my list.

      This pay only option will cause it to fail!
    1. Freund117's Avatar
      Freund117 -
      I checked it out I like it a lot! there needs to be an iPhone app for it
    1. margajaya12's Avatar
      margajaya12 -
      Any apps that can only be used in the US are overrated