Google is now offering a free music streaming service for use with its Android and iOS apps. But if you really hate commercials, then you can pay a $9.99 a month fee for the ability to skip all the advertising.
The music wars keep getting hotter. So does the Google/Apple conflict which is beginning to make World War II seem like a skirmish. Google has just taken the feud to a new level with its increased competition with iTunes.
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The following services are being offered for free by Google and unlimited: Listen on Android, iOS, and the web; Store up to 50, 000 of your iTunes songs; Get recommendations based on your taste; Curated radio for anything you want to hear.
For the extra fee you will get: On-demand access to over 30 million songs; Ad-free, uninterrupted listening; Download music to play when you’re not connected; Skip as many songs as you want.
Google said in a blog post, “Need some music right now to make whatever you’re doing better? Even if you’re not already a Google Play Music subscriber, we’ve got you covered. Google Play Music now has a free, ad-supported version in the U.S., giving you a new way to find just the right music—and giving artists another way to earn revenue. In less time than it takes you to read this sentence, you could be exercising with Drop-a-Beat Workout, cooling off with Poolside Chic, or spending quality time with Songs To Raise Your Kids To.”
“We want to attract even more users, give them a taste of the service and hope they subscribe over time, ” said Zahavah Levine, vice president of partnerships for Google Play.