As expected, Google has finally released the native app for Google Play Music today.
Google had launched Google Play Music “All Access,” its music streaming service in May, but the only way to access it on iOS devices was either using third-party apps like gMusic or via Safari.
Casey Newton of The Verge who seems to have got early access to the app writes:
The free version of Google Play Music allows you to listen to any of the songs you have backed up to Google’s cloud — the company lets you store up to 20,000 tracks at no charge. For free users, the app’s radio feature creates mixes of the songs in your collection using the same algorithms that power the paid version.
But to access the real power of Google Play Music, you’ll need to pay $9.99 a month for its All Access plan. That gives you the ability to stream or download to your mobile device anything in Google’s catalog, which now includes more than 20 million songs. You can create a custom ad-free radio station from any artist, song, or album, and skip as many songs as you like. Google will also recommend tracks based on your listening history, using its own algorithms.
The app also includes an explore tab like you’ve in Spotify, which gives you quick access to both algorithmic recommendations and playlists created by human editors.
You also have the option to add and delete upcoming songs from the radio queue, which is quite neat.
You can stream songs at up to 320 kbps, and can connect to speakers and other devices over AirPlay and Bluetooth. Google offers 1 month free access to Google Play Music All Access service, which will be available in 21 countries (check the list of countries below).
You can download the app for free using this direct iTunes link.
Here’s the hands-on video of the app in action below (courtesy 9to5Mac):
Google Music is available in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Google Play Music All Access is available in the following countries:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
[Via The Verge]