Google Launches Music Streaming/Radio Service All Access

It’s now official (our earlier post saying it could happen is now toast). Google today announced the launch of its very own music-streaming service.

The announcement was made at Google’s I/O conference, and the service has the name Google Play Music All Access.

Here are some quick features:

  • Subscriptions to the service cost $9.99 per month.
  • Sign up before June 30 receive a discounted monthly rate of $7.99.
  • There’s a free trial available for the first month, but no free, ad-supported, long-term version of the service, like rivals like Spotify offer.
  • Create custom radio stations

The radio station feature is a Pandora-like component to All Access: According to Billboard, “each song can with one click be turned into a radio station with ‘a neverending list of tracks’. The “Explore” tab formulates recommendations for users. And the “Listen Now” tab features “new releases, recently added tracks, and automatically generated radio stations.”

Google is marketing the service as Google Play Music All Access as “radio without rules.” Not only that, but All Access also allows users to create radio stations from particular artists — providing comparable functionality without any of the limitations. Users can sign up now for All Access at the Google Play Store, or with the updated Google Play Music app for Android.