Google Play Music All Access hands on
Google called it “radio without rules,” where the music streaming service exists solely as a subscription product. Google users can still upload and store up to 20,000 of their own songs and stream the content to their device, but Google Play Music All Access takes your music library beyond the norm.
Users that sign up before June 30th can get unlimited access to Google’s entire music catalog for only $7.99 per month following a 30-day free trial. After that, the service is $9.99 per month which is in line with other subscription services like Pandora, Spotify or Slacker Premium. In addition to music that customers upload into their own “locker” (read as: cloud), All Access lets you set up your own radio stations, build playlists that use any combination of content (yours in the locker or Google’s inventory), and of course you get unlimited skips as well as recommendations from Google’s proven ability to figure out what you like.
The “explore” feature looks like a cool way to discover all sorts of new music, as Google employees and others build playlists which you can enjoy. The “listen now” feature is a “right now” type of solution where you launch the app and pick selection which basically starts a spontaneous mix of music.
Throughout any of the options, you can view the playlist as it is set up and make real time adjustments, such as changing the order of songs or kicking songs off the list altogether with a simple gesture. Google has put together a feature rich service that should cater to all interests and has priced it well for early adopters. How about it? Are you signing up?
1. icyrock1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Word of advice: you can't use google play credits to pay for it. It gives the error: "This payment method is not valid" which really stinks, I dislike using my credit card and would have preferred being able to pay for it using GP cards.
3. Tsoliades (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
That's just because it's a monthly thing. It pretty much has to be through a credit card.
2. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
I wish they had Beatles. Why don't publishers allow Beatles? (The song rights owners not Google or spotify)
6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)
iTunes has the exclusive on the Beatles because Steve Jobs paid a ton of money to make sure that happened before he died.
4. Tsoliades (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
I subscribed yesterday. It's amazing. Best service out there, by far.
Totally recommend this.
5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm really liking it so far. functionality is really good but it does feel a little cluttered sometimes. it may just have to do with the fact that i've had Play Music since it launched initially and i haven't used it much while it's been collecting songs from my library which also hasn't been messed with too much since i primarily use Spotify and trying to jump back in and get everything all updated and cleaned up is a bit of a chore. there is some performance issues but i'll be forgiving of that since the service is just in it's infancy. what it's gonna come down to for me is do i want to use this over Spotify because i'm not gonna keep two music streaming services. i find that Play Music has a little more of my kind of content than Spotify and it's functionality trumps Spotify but it's not as socially plugged as Spotify and i really like that about Spotify so i dunno, i'll just have to think on it some more.
7. tampaflusa (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
A big flaw or bug is you can't delete music or lists from the app. A lot of people voicing this fustration on their reviews on Google Play.
8. Goldeneye (Posts: 358; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Worth a try I guess, as a Spotify user is hard to believe there is a better music service, having full albums of just about every singer and the offline option is just priceless.
One thing I know Google has over Spotify is the integration of your own music and their music in one place, but if Google really wants this to spank the competition It has to make it available to other platforms (they already have IOS in mind for sure you know Google loves to kiss Apple's rear) and media players as well, not just Android and desktops, so Windows is out already, Apple? not sure they would approve an iTunes competitor.
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, after using both of the services there's still things i'm liking about Spotify over GPM and that's Spotify's social aspects, the simplicity and the fact that they have a real nice Windows client.