#io2013 – Google Play Music All Access to compete with Spotify

15 May 2013

Google has formally revealed its new streaming-music subscriptions service which will sit on top of the existing Google Play Music service. The on-demand song-streaming service will be known as Google Play Music All Access and follows on the heels of Google striking deals with Sony, Warner, and Universal.

The new music service will be priced at US$9.99 a month in the US following a 30-day free trial. It will launch in other countries in the coming months.

All Access will compete with other market players, like Spotify, Deezer, Rdio and Pandora, but it appears to be set to compete in terms of intelligence in the form of music discovery, with a list that automatically updates based on the user’s tastes.

In addition, the service will include featured playlists curated by music editors.

In a related development, Google also launched Play for Education, which is designed to harness the affordability of Android tablets and encourage adoption in the K-12 classroom market.

The new Google Play for Education will enable teachers to deploy an app or an e-book to all of their students’ tablets in one go.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years