Google Joins Streaming Music Market with All Access

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Google tossed its hat into the online streaming music market on Wednesday with the introduction of its Google Play Music All Access at its annual Google I/O conference. The Internet search giant promised All Access will be available through smartphones and tablets as well as Web browsers, and includes features for searching music, building playlists, and streaming music like radio stations, and is squarely targeted at competing with services such as Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody.

Google joins the streaming music market with All AccessGoogle joins the streaming music market with Google Play Music All Access

To help keep listeners happy, All Access includes the ability to search auto-generated streams and cut songs you don't want to hear, and also offers up music suggestions and highlights new releases.

Saying All Access will be available for phones and tablets certainly means Android OS-based devices, and even though Google hasn't confirmed yet, it most likely means iPhones and iPads, too.

Google Play Music All Access is available now in the United States for US$9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for subscribers that sign up before June 30, and a 30-day free trial is available, too.

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Google may be the new kid in the streaming music game, but the company pulls a lot of weight. Pandora, Spotify, and every other online music subscription company's job just got a little harder, and if Apple is launching its own rumored service, the barrier for entry just got higher, too.

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