Google Play Music adds free streaming

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    Google Play Music just launched a free, ad-supported version that will allow users to access its catalog through curated playlists. Users will also be able to create stations based off a specific artist, song, or album. It's available online today at music.google.com in the U.S. with Android and iOS compatibility coming later this week.



     
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    Awwww yeah! Already enjoying the curation from when I was on the free trial. I'm enjoying this move. Time for some chip tunes!
     
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    I was just reading about this elsewhere. Will be interesting to watch. As someone locked in to the introductory price of the paid service, this doesn't really affect me, but glad to see them competing.
     
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    I too am locked into the $8/month price but am also a cheap person. Would ads really bug me that much. I wonder if the content is limited in any way or are ads the only difference. I've loved the service since day one. Get in the car, musics up automatically and never a commercial break. But, would a 30 second ad bother me much....hmmmmm.
     
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    According to the Verge, you get the whole 30 million (or whatever) song catalog, but you only get radio stations, curated by real human people.

    Also...
    Source: Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut The Verge
     
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    It is different. Think Pandora. I logged in under a different gmail account and basically you search for an artist and it gives you playlists that you can select and listen to (not individual songs). You can skip them or give them a thumbs up/thumbs down. You can skip 6 times before it won't let you skip.

    I love the freedom of picking any song I want, fast forwarding, etc and having full access, so I will stick with unlimited $8 a month.
     
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    Beat ya too it. :p Thanks for the first-hand account of it though. Better than nothing, but I'm with you. I'm listening to full albums that were released today on my work PC and have another (a bit too heavy for the office) queued up that I listened to in the truck to and from work this morning and at lunch.

    I, too, enjoy picking a specific song by a specific artist and getting a playlist that gels nicely with it. I've also discovered some amazing bands with "I'm feeling lucky radio" that I never would've picked myself, but I listened for hours one day while doing yard work and only felt the need to skip a couple songs. Worth it to me for sure.
     
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    Not a fan of the ads. I'll stick with Amazon Prime music.
     
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    If you scroll down here Google Play Music you'll see a side-by-side comparison of the free vs. paid plans directly from Google.
     
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    Trying Amazon Prime music during my free trial. Hated it so much that I paid for Google Play Music.

    There really is someone for everyone. ;)
     
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    See, this is my issue. You don't get access to the entire library that Google has to offer. I quit using Pandora because of that. Sure you can choose different songs with the Free Google Music, but I want to listen to whatever I want as long as Google offers it. I'll keep paying the $8 a month as I have since it was launched.
     
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    Same here. When I first tried using Pandora, I would select a band/song and create a station and then almost never hear that band, let alone that song. Paying my $8 to create a station off any song they offer and hear that song first, followed by a bunch that mesh well with it is where it's at for me.
     
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