Google Play Music All Access streaming service coming soon to Apple's iOS
The Google Play Music All Access streaming music service is heading to iOS.
Sundar Pichai, Google senior vice president overseeing Android and Chrome, said the company will launch a standalone Music All Access app for iOS within the next few weeks. "Users on iOS who want to use Google, we view them as Google users," Pichai said Thursday during an appearance at the D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., VentureBeat reports.
Google unveiled Music All Access earlier this month during its annual I/O developer conference. According to Google Engineering Director Chris Yerga, the streaming service takes a "uniquely Google approach" to music listening and discovery, offering personalized recommendations, featured content and music tailored to users' music collections and previous listening behavior. Users may listen to specific songs and albums and create radio stations based on any song or artist. "This is radio without rules," Yerga boasted.
Google Play Music All Access is available now to U.S. consumers with devices running Google's Android OS. After a 30-day free trial, the service costs $9.99 per month.
Porting Google Play Music All Access to iOS dials up the pressure on Apple's own rumored iRadio streaming music efforts. Rumors of Apple's impending entrance into the streaming segment have swirled for months, with The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times first reporting on the effort last fall. Earlier this month, The Financial Times reported Apple had completed a deal to offer Universal Music Group's digital catalog via iRadio, and an agreement with Warner Music is said to be imminent. However, CNet reports Sony Music Entertainment is refusing to sign off on song skipping features integrated into the platform, delaying its commercial launch.
Apple reportedly is offering labels three tranches of iRadio revenue: Royalties per track streamed, a share of advertising proceeds and a guaranteed minimum sum over the course of the contract in the event the number of plays or advertising sales disappoint. But sources familiar with the negotiations said that Sony and Apple remain deadlocked over how much iRadio will pay record label partners for songs that listeners sample for a few seconds, then skip over. Insiders indicate there could be other points of contention as well.
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