Thursday, May 30, 2013

Google says its new 'All Access' streaming music service coming to iOS in the next few weeks

The new Google Play All Access music streaming service was launched earlier this month at Google I/O, but iOS fans were left out in the cold. On Thursday, at the D11 conference, Google’s head of Android Sundar Pichai confirmed that the service will be making its way to iOS, and soon.

Sundar said the service will be available on iOS in the next few weeks. He wasn't more specific than that, but at least it was an indication that the company believes that Google Play All Access on iOS won't be blocked by the App Store review process.

The new Google Play All Access music streaming service was announced at this year's Google I/O. Similar in concept to Spotify, it has a recommendation engine that builds a song list based on what you listen to. The service offers curated playlists, but also allows users to access a radio feature that automatically creates endless radio stations with the ability to remove unwanted songs.

"All Access" costs $9.99 per month. However, early adopters get a $2 per month perk: People who sign up before June 30 will pay a reduced introductory rate of $7.99. It's unclear if that rate will be permanent for such customers.

The service is currently only available in the U.S.; it will expand to more countries in the future.

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