Google launches a new subscription-based music streaming service
Google’s new streaming service may be a mouthful to say — “Google Play Music All Access” — but it’s making music discovery, streaming, storage, and sharing extremely simple for Android users.
If you’re a CD Baby artists who’s already selling your music on Google Play Music — and IF you’ve set your distribution level to “Download and Streaming Sites” — we’ll make sure your music is also available for streaming through their All Access service.
If your distribution level is set at “Download Services,” your music will ONLY be available for purchase through Google Play Music, but NOT available for streaming through Google Play Music All Access. To check your distribution level settings, click HERE.
How does Google Play Music All Access work?
“All Access” is essentially a premium add-on to Google Play Music’s free standard offering. For $9.99/month (or $7.99 if you sign up before the end of June, 2013), you can access a catalog of over 18 million songs, enjoy unlimited (no ads!) listening on the web or from your Android device (both online and offline), and create custom radio stations with no limit on skips.
Google Play also helps you keep your music library updated automatically across all your devices (phone, tablet, desktop, etc.) — no syncing or uploading required.
Plus, with both Standard and All Access versions of Google Play Music, you can also store up to 20k songs “in the cloud.” Here’s how it works, according to Google’s site:
Bring up to 20,000 songs from your computer to Google Play for free with Music Manager. It’s a simple desktop application that scans your iTunes® library or any music folder on your computer and matches your collection with what’s on Google Play, instantly adding the matched tracks to your music library. If you have music that’s not available on Google Play, Music Manager will upload it too. Once you’ve added your collection, you can listen instantly on Android and the web.
Google Play Music All Access is exciting for a few reasons:
1) Their introductory subscription rate is $2 cheaper than Spotify’s Premium service.
2) Android is a Google product, so now Android users will have an intuitive solution for music streaming that works seamlessly on their smartphones.
3) It’s Google! Need we say more?
To check out more details about Google Play Music All Access, click HERE.
To make your music available on Google Play Music All Access, click HERE.
What do you think of Google’s new streaming service? Have you used it? How does it compare to Spotify, Rhapsody, and Rdio? Will you make the switch? Let us know in the comments section below.
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