Report: Google Play Music All Access expanding to Apple's iOS this month
Sources with knowledge of Google's plans said the company is currently testing the native iOS app internally, with a commercial launch expected by the end of October. Insiders said the app will include the same features integrated into the original Google Play Music All Access app for Android, highlighted by personalized recommendations and customized radio stations tailored to users' music collections and previous listening behavior.
After Google first unveiled the All Access app at its annual Google I/O developer event in May, product manager Paul Joyce told Engadget he hoped to someday expand the service to the iPhone and iPad, but explained that its digital rights management restrictions hinge on Adobe Flash technologies, and Apple has famously refused to support Flash across the iOS platform. It is unclear how Google has overcome that obstacle; the company did not respond to a request for comment.
Google Play Music All Access is available now to U.S. consumers with Android devices. After a 30-day free trial, the service costs $9.99 per month. Google has continued building out the app in the months since its initial launch, last month adding new genre-specific radio stations allowing listeners to access unlimited music across a range of categories encompassing pop, jazz, country and beyond.
Google Play Music All Access competitors include Apple's fledgling iTunes Radio as well as Pandora. Last month, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) released native Xbox Music applications for both Android and iOS, offering premium subscribers on-demand streaming access to more than 30 million songs.
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