Google unveils $10-a-month 'All Access' music plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO Google is unveiling a streaming music service called All Access that blends songs users have already uploaded to their online libraries with millions of other tracks for a $10 monthly fee.

The service puts Google in competition with popular paid subscription plans like Spotify and Rhapsody and free music services like Pandora.

You can search by genre and see recommendations by Google's curators. You can listen to any track right away, or switch to a "radio" format that creates a playlist of songs that you might like.

You can adjust the playlist as you go.

All Access will be available in the U.S. on Wednesday and comes with a 30-day free trial. If you start the trial by June 30, the monthly fee will drop to $8.

Google is also adding leaderboards and the ability to match players in online games to its Android operating system for smartphones and tablet computers.

The new features match those available in Apple's Game Center for the iPhone and iPad. Google is also making it possible to save game progress online, so players can pick up games where they left off, even on other devices.

Google announced the new game services at its annual software developers' conference in San Francisco. Three employees tried to demonstrate on stage how they could all join a racing game, but failed to pull off the demo due to wireless connectivity issues in the conference center.

The Google Play leaderboards will also be available through a browser, said Hugo Barra, vice president of product management of Android.


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