Google’s Play Music All Access has finally managed to work its way up to our Canadian brethren – and it is about time! Google Play Music was launched in the U.S. in 2011, allowing the listener to upload up to 20,000 of their own songs into the ‘cloud,’ and in turn, these songs could be listened to on any device. Google then added the ability to purchase albums or individual songs through the Google Play Store. During the Google I/O conference last summer, All Access was added – a streaming music service that they made available on Android, iOS and the web.
Canadians have been demanding more choices with their ‘digital music’ for quite some time, and for some reason it seems that Canada is always the last one to receive these type of services. Well, starting today, Canada will have full access to all features of the Google Play Music All Access – uploading, purchasing downloads, and the streaming music services. There will be about 25 million tracks made available – including many Canadian artists not available in the U.S. If you act now, you can grab a special “introductory offer,” which will allow you a FREE 30-trial and a special pricing of $7.99 per month until June 30, when it will return to its regular pricing of $9.99 per month.
For those of you that are familiar with Pandora, it is a lot like that, but so much more. With All Access, you also have the ability to search for particular artists or songs and save them to your library…you can even store radio stations or playlists to listen to entirely offline. You can also do reviews for albums and artists and in the next few weeks, Google will be launching a new ‘Artist Spotlight’ that will allow independent musicians to up load their own music to more exposure. Play Music comes pre-loaded on all Android devices, but can also be download for iOS from the Apple App Store.
One nice thing about having to wait so long is that Google Play Music All Access has grown and ‘matured’ over the past couple of years, so you are receiving a product with many added features and any ‘bugs’ already worked out of the system. Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you will be grabbing Google’s Play Music All Access or if you are already hooked on another music streaming service…as always, we would love to hear from you.