As you well know, I’d virtually lost interest and any shred of belief I had that Google’s music player would be arriving on iOS. So much so, that I was even skeptical of a rumor yesterday stating that release was “imminent“. Turns out, I was skeptical for no reason. Google Play Music has landed on the App Store today.
It’s not exactly limit-free however. Because it’s available on the App Store, Google isn’t allowed to offer purchases through the app without giving up 30% to Apple, and without using in-app purchasing. In short, it can’t serve as a portal to Google’s own music store. And it’s not yet optimized for the iPad.
However, if you have a Google All Access account, or you’re looking for an alternative to Spotify, Pandora or Rdio, this certainly looks like a good option. From the App Store description:
Google Play Music makes it easy to discover, play and share the music you love, anywhere!
With our new All Access service, you can enjoy millions of songs, listen to custom radio with no limits, and discover more of the music you love
With both All Access and the standard service, the Google Play Music app lets you listen to your music collection anywhere. All your music is stored online, so no need to worry about syncing, storage space or offline playback. You can listen across any device and on the web, seamlessly.
All Access features:
* Listen to unlimited songs
* Create custom radio stations from any song, artist or album
* Enjoy radio without skip limits
* Get smart recommendations based on your tastes
* Enjoy handcrafted playlists from our music experts
All Access and standard features:
* Add up to 20,000 of your own songs from your personal music collection using your Mac, Windows or Linux computer
* Listen on all your devices and our web player at play.google.com/music
* Access your music anywhere without syncing, and save your favorites for offline playback
* Experience all your music without ads
What’s particularly good is that Google’s own catalogue of music includes 20 million songs, and it’s available in 21 countries. And, it can be used on almost any device now, thanks to the iOS app. For Desktop/PC/Mac users, there’s a music player in form of a web player accessible from any browser. And, it’ll let you add 20,000 of your own songs. Pricing is identical to Spotify: $9.99 per month, but free for the first month.
For music, I’ve been free from my old reliance on Apple and iTunes for at least a year now. So, I’m more than willing to give this a try. Especially if it means I can switch from device to device and carry on seamlessly.