Google Play Music officially launches on iOS, lacks store but offers one month free All Access

Google Play Music officially launches on iOS, lacks store but offers one month free All Access
We've been waiting about 6 months since Google first said that Google Play Music would be coming to iOS (at which point they claimed it would only be "weeks" until we saw the app.) We've waited through rumors and reports of internal testing, but the app has finally arrived. Google Play Music is officially in the iOS App Store, and it is offering one month free for All Access ($9.99 per month afterwards).

The app is quite fully featured as well. It allows you to access all of your own music that you may have purchased or uploaded to Google's cloud. And, the app allows you to use your All Access pass to stream any of the other 20 million tracks in Google's database. You can stream if you want, or save music to your iPhone for offline playback. Music can be played back at 320kbps and can be played back through any AirPlay or Bluetooth devices. There is also the recommended music lists (both algorithmically generated, and curated by humans), and the Radio feature which works just like it would with Spotify, Pandora, or iTunes Radio, although Google lets you add and remove tracks from the radio playlist, so you have a bit more control.

Google Play Music for iOS doesn't have everything though. As you would expect, the restrictions that Apple has placed on apps means that there is no way to purchase new music, or even start an All Access subscription through the Play Music app, but if you buy something on the web, it will sync to your iPhone. There are also a few smaller missing features like the "I feel lucky" radio option, but Google says it is working on bringing those in a future update. 

On a smaller note, you'll see that the iOS Play Music app uses a new flatter looking logo for the service. We expect that will filter across to Android soon enough.

source: The Verge



1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Nice... Now there's little to no reason to even bother with iTunes Radio or iTunes Match. Going to enjoy having all of my music synchronized throughout all my devices... No surprise that this iOS version doesn't allow music purchases... Regardless: 20,000 songs in the Cloud For Free = WIN!

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

hell yeah... now i just need to figure out a crafty way to get my 24.99 back from itunes match. hehe

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple? Haha good luck with that.

3. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I hear you. Im about to download it right now but I still will use iTunes Radio. It seems to mix a lot better than Pandora at the moment.

5. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Came too late... Already upgraded to a Nexus 5

8. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

You'll be better off in the long run now =)

6. papss unregistered

Hate google play so far. No option to take my music that I purchased and burn to a cd. Car doesn't have bt so no way to stream and the note 3 has a pathetic loud speaker.

9. FakeMatt

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

You don't have an auxiliary port in your car?

11. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Or a cassette tape adapter/adaptor? (didn't know which spelling to use)

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Just request to download? And burn the files on a CD, or get a $5 FM transmitter for your phone

7. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Damn Google with bad support for iPads. They usually have a design for iPad, although not very good in function, but this time we get nothing.

12. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I subscribed to iTunes match this year. Bad decision...

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