Google has announced a new music streaming and discovery service at the annual Google I/O developer conference, called Google Play Music: All Access.
All Access allows users to blend both their own personal music library with the music library available within Google Play Music. The service allows users to stream music on a web browser and Android smartphones and tablets.
All-Access comes with a host of features including Google-powered recommendations, which takes a user’s search history and activity on various Google platforms to produce recommended music, as part of the Explore feature. Within the Explore feature, users can view recommended artists, albums and tracks. Users can also explore based on genre. The “Featured” section includes popular artists, albums and tracks and those recommended by Google’s music experts.
Both the Explore and Featured areas of the All Access service are similar to the music discovery service offered by Twitter Music. But All Access also offers radio stations and live music streaming of the millions of tracks available in the Google Play music store.
Anytime a user plays a track, it can be turned into a radio station, utilizing the Listen Now feature. All Access will then use the Google recommendations to create a never-ending series of tracks, similar to the service Pandora offers. However, All Access users have the ability to see what songs are coming next and delete and alter the position of upcoming tracks.
When listening to a radio stream, users can swipe from right to left to see what track is coming up next. To see the entire lineup of upcoming songs, users can click in the upper left hand corner for the full track list. Then, users can preemptively skip a song by swiping it out of the upcoming lineup. Users can also rearrange songs, taking the tenth upcoming song and moving it to so it plays next, for example.
Google Play Music: All Access launches today in the U.S. and will roll out to additional countries. The service is available for $9.99 a month and Google is offering a 30-day free trial for all users. Additionally, users who sign up for the free-trial prior to June 30, will get the service for only $7.99 a month.