Google’s reported changes to the streaming music services that it offers are nearly upon us according to Reuters, who states that a source familiar with plans on Google’s change to All Access as well as their goal of bringing the much anticipated YouTube subscription based services are only weeks away. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about the YouTube subscription based music services before, and what it will supposedly focus on is giving users a way to stream and play a collection of several tracks continuously as opposed to the search and play single-track option that is currently available to the users who access YouTube for streaming music. The service is said to be ad-supported as well although there have been rumors that we had heard it would come without ads.
Google is also apparently getting ready to roll some of the awesome features of Songza into its All-Access streaming music service, which if true is a long time coming. Songza has superior music aggregation to Google Play Music All Access, and although both Songza and Google had stated during the initial announcement about the acquisition that Songza would continue to operate as a separate service and entity, that doesn’t mean that Google wouldn’t be able to utilize some of what Songza offers inside of All Access. With so many competing services out there battling it out for the subscribers Google is making a push to offer features and services that work together and bring users the features that they want.
Google Play Music All Access may be a great service for the content that it makes available to users which is seemingly an unlimited amount of music that be stored or streamed for a low competitive monthly fee, but it still has a lot less users than competing services like Spotify. That could change however with these upcoming shifts to the streaming music scene that Google is said to be planning, with a goal to bring users a service “that extends seamlessly to your wearable device or to your car,” and that’s intelligent enough to play “the right music for the right moment.” Playing the right music for the right moment seems like something coming directly from Sonza’s technology, as they currently offer their users a way to filter music choices by mood. One thing is for certain, Google’s streaming music offerings are about to get a lot more interesting.