Google Launches Google Play Music

 

In sixth annual I/O Conference Google  announce Google’s own subscription-based music service called Google Play Music All Access. All Access promises to leverage Google’s deep understanding of your preferences, listening habits and social circles to deliver a highly tailored music discovery experience.

Google showed off a brief demo of the app running on Android, but the service can be accessed via a traditional web-based interface as well , Allowing users to instantly queue up songs and listen to personalized radio stations.Google aims to one up the competition by enabling users to get to their own and potentially new music  as quickly and intuitively as possible

Google Play Music All Access launches  in the United States for $9.99/month, with the promise of a gradual international rollout. There’s also a 30-day free trial and users that sign up before 30 June 2013 get a discounted rate of $7.99/month. It is unclear whether this is a lifetime or a limited time offer, but Google’s been known to be notoriously generous in the past, so we can always hope.

Although the subscription-based music streaming market is by no means nascent with heavyweights like Spotify and Rdio, Google’s undoubtedly beaten Apple to the punch here, which is long rumored to be developing its own subscription-based music service, presumably for launch later this year.

There are 3 new features introduced which you can enable and disable at your leisure :

Desktop Notifications
Find out what’s playing without having to switch back to your Google Music tab. A notification will appear at the start of each song with the song title, artist name, album title, and album cover. This lab only works in the Chrome browser.

HTML5 Audio
Listen to your music without the need for Flash. Works in all browsers that support MP3 playback with HTML5 audio: Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE 9+.

5-Star Ratings
Rate songs on a 5-star scale rather than thumbs-up or thumbs-down

You can switch these features on by clicking the link below however don’t forget that they are experimental and not the finished article. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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