Google Play Music

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Google Play Music
Google Play Music icon.png
Opened November 16, 2011
Platforms Android, iOS, web
Format MP3 @ 320 kbit/s
Restrictions Playback limited for 10 devices, songs can be downloaded twice
Catalogue 18 million songs
Preview 90 seconds (30 seconds for songs shorter than 2:30)
Streaming Yes
Trial 30-day free trial of All Access
Availability 22 countries
Features Free online storage of 20,000 songs, paid on-demand streaming, offline storage, Chromecast support

Google Play Music is an online music locker, music store, and music streaming service operated by Google. Users with Google accounts can upload up to 20,000 songs online for free, as well as purchase tracks and a monthly streaming subscription called "All Access". In addition to offering music streaming on Internet-connected devices, the service allows offline storage of music. Operating under the Google Play banner, Google Play Music is available in 21 countries for Android and iOS devices and web browsers that support Adobe Flash.[1]


A cloud media player was first hinted at the 2010 Google I/O Conference, where Google Senior Vice-President of Social Vic Gundotra showed a "Music" section of the Android Market that would allow users to download music through the market.[2] The music streaming service was announced by Google on May 10, 2011, at its I/O conference as Music Beta and released as Google Music, before a subsequent rebrand to Google Play. At launch, the service was only available with an invitation and only to United States residents.[3]

On November 16, 2011, Google publicly launched Google Music in the US with a music store, Google+ integration, artist hubs, and purchasing reflected on T-Mobile phone bills.[4] The three major label partnerships announced were with Universal Music Group, EMI, and Sony Music Entertainment, along with other smaller labels. To celebrate the launch, several artists released free songs and exclusive albums through the store. The Rolling Stones debuted the live recording Brussels Affair (Live 1973) and Pearl Jam made available a live concert recorded in Toronto as 9.11.2011 Toronto, Canada.[5]

According to Google, there are hundreds of free songs in Google Play and millions available for purchase.[6] Users can also upload up to 20,000 of their songs to the service free of charge.[6] Songs in Google Music are priced at US$1.29, $0.99, $0.69, and free.[7] Users also get personalized recommendations based on what they listen to the most. Music can be played on the Google Play website or via the Google Play Music mobile app Android and iOS devices. Songs can be stored for offline playback.[6]

Google also noted that "from time to time we'll be showcasing exclusive concerts and interviews available in Google Play."[8]

The service allows the user to automatically create a playlist of "songs that go well together" using a feature known as Instant Mix.[9][10] Music and playlists imported to Google Play Music can not alter playlists in other music program libraries, while changes in other applications are reflected in the Google Play music library.[11][12]

Alternative players are available for the service, for example G-Ear on the Mac, and GMusic on Windows.

On October 29, 2012, Google announced that the service would add a "song matching" feature: the capability to scan a user's music library and make available any songs that are present on Google's servers without the need to upload them. Google also announced partnership with Warner Music Group, the last major music label not already presented in Google Music.[13] Google also announced that music purchases would become available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK on November 13, 2012.[14]

Google Play Music is currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.[15][16]

Play Music All Access[edit]

On May 15, 2013 at Google I/O, Google announced Google Play Music All Access, a music streaming platform that will debut immediately in the US for $9.99 a month ($7.99 if signed up before June 30). The new service lets users combine the All Access catalog with their own library of up to 20,000 Songs. All Access is currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.[15][17][18][19][20]


  1. ^ Slattery, Brennon (10 May 2011). "Music Beta by Google To Launch Without Licenses". PCWorld. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Siegler, M. G. (20 May 2010). "Um, Did Google Just Quietly Launch a Web-Based iTunes Competitor? Yep". TechCrunch. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Barra, Hugo (10 May 2011). "Android: Momentum, Mobile and More at Google I/O". Official Google Blog. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Google Music "These Go To Eleven" Live blog". The Verge. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Hyden, Steven (17 November 2011). "Google Music Launches with a Bunch of Free Music from Pearl Jam and The Rolling Stones". A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Google Play". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Social Guy (17 November 2011). "Google Music Goes Live in US". Sociable Blog. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Google Play (10 March 2012). "Google Play – Google+". Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Barra, Hugo (10 May 2011). "Android: Momentum, Mobile and More at Google I/O". Official Google Blog. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Creating instant mixes – Google Play Help". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  11. ^ Diaz, Sam (10 May 2011). "Google I/O: Music, Movies and More Android". ZDNet. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Create and manage playlists from the Google Play web player – Google Play Help". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Google Play: More entertainment, more countries". Google: Official Blog. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Song matching coming to Google Play, music purchases coming to Europe on November 13". The Next Web. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "International availability of content". Google Play Help. 
  16. ^ "Google Play Music Goes Live In Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, And Portugal". Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  17. ^ Google Play Music All Access Comes To Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, And The UK. Retrieved on 2013-08-07.
  18. ^ Google Play Music (And All Access) Live In Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Russia, And Switzerland. Retrieved on 2013-10-01.
  19. ^ Google Play Music All Access Arrives In Germany. Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  20. ^ Google Play Music And Music All Access Now Available In Greece, Norway, Sweden, And Slovakia

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