Google launches Play Music in Canada
Making it the 26th country to get this service
Google on Monday announced the launch of its Play Music streaming and music locker service in the Canadian market. Available immediately, the service allows the consumers to store up to 20,000 songs and access them via Google Play Music website or apps anywhere for free.
In addition, the paid Google Play Music All Access streaming service gives users an unlimited pass to stream 25 million songs. As a part of a promotion offer, All Access costs $7.99 a month right now and you get the first 30 days free. Regular pricing of $9.99 a month will go live after June 30.
“Google Play Music lets you create an ad-free, interactive radio station from any song or artist you love. You can add, remove or re-order your station and see what’s coming next. Or you can browse recommendations from our expert music team and explore songs by genre. The “Listen Now” tab puts artists and radio stations we think you’ll like front and center so you can start listening the minute you open your library,” Google Canada wrote in a blog post.
Play Music will be competing with the likes of Rdio, Spotify, Songza and CBC Music in the country.
To remind you, Google Play Music was originally introduced in May 2011 as Music Beta, which was only a cloud locker to store music. Music Beta was followed by Google Music launch in November 2011, which not only allowed users to store their own music but also let them buy music from Google. Google Music was rebranded to Google Play Music in March 2012 and was joined by All Access music streaming service in May 2013.
Google already sells paid apps, e-books, movies and magazines via Google Play in Canada.