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Google Play Music update brings All Access, new UI and more

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Google Play Music update brings All Access, new UI and more
Google Play Music got a big update today. The announcement was made earlier, and now the update has gone live for Android users and those that use Google Play Music on the web as well. The update brings the new "Radio without rules" streaming service, All Access, a brand new UI and a bunch of other improvements to the app.

All Access is obviously the big news of this new release. As we covered before, the new streaming service is free for 30 days for all users, and if you decide to subscribe afterwards it will cost $7.99 per month if you sign up before June 30th. If you sign up after that date, the price jumps to $9.99. For the full breakdown of features, check out the original announcement post. All Access is currently only available in the US, but is expected to roll out to other countries soon.

When you load up the new Google Play Music app it will let you know about All Access, and ask if you want to join the free trial. If you do choose to join the free trial, you will still need to go through the subscribe dialog and payment information. So, if you choose the free trial, you will be automatically charged at the end of the 30 days if you do not cancel

The new UI looks very slick and nice, and the web app UI has been updated to match with the orange accents and new features. Each section has a little note about what is new and what to expect. And, along with everything else, there is also the new Listen Now section, which will try to recommend music that it thinks you want to hear. 

If you want to get in on it, just grab the update from the Google Play Store.

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posted on 15 May 2013, 15:22 1

1. PhoneCritic (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Cool. a Good offering I have just tried it and so far so good. I will play around with it for a couple of days like everyone else and then rate it.

posted on 15 May 2013, 22:08 1

12. KParks23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


It might be good but 8$ a month is pretty steep! 3-4$ and id be all in!

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:26 1

2. icyrock1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Nice. I'm defidently going to try it out.

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:26 1

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5621; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it needs a little work but it's pretty damn nice. i've already recreated my most current Spotify playlist with the service song for song. o:

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:28 4

4. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Cheaper than Spotify

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:45 1

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'm doing the trial now and it's phenomenal.

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:01 2

6. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Finally! the old Play music app was just terrible!The tron blue theme was hideous! this one just looks so much better

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:44 1

7. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


we were all thinking it: this was a much needed UI update!

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:47 1

8. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Pretty much with everyone on this. I too am trying out the free trial, and so far so good. The new ui is awesome! Keep up the hard /great work google!!

posted on 15 May 2013, 17:38 1

9. davo2107 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


The service is not just avaialable in the USA. I am in Australia and updated the google play music app and was offered the free trial and $7.99 month to month thereafter!

posted on 15 May 2013, 18:30 1

10. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Like the new UI, because the tron blue color definitely didn't mach the rest of the Google ecosystem.

posted on 15 May 2013, 20:23 1

11. mikewillz (Posts: 41; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Its pretty f**king awesome

posted on 17 May 2013, 01:50

13. Goldeneye (Posts: 355; 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.

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