Google has had music streaming services for quite a while now and while I found it quite good it was limited, allowing you access to only the albums you purchased or uploaded from your own personal collection. All Access looks to remove those limitations by extending their streaming service to include access to all their music database for a small monthly fee. While this is the next logical evolution of Google”s music service, it does bring them into direct competition with the market heavy weights Spotify, MOG, and Pandora at a time when the market is heavily saturated and the dominant players are well established.
All Access is simple to setup, once you set up your Google Music service you will be presented with a large popup banner explaining All Access. Simply follow the directions, add your payment details, and within minutes you have full and unlimited access to all the music Google Music has to offer. You have the ability to create a radio station from a specific song, search and explore new music content, create public play lists that others can listen too, and add any music content to your own library where it can easily be found at a later time. All this is also along side the ability to upload 20″000 songs from y0ur own collection.
Google music can be access from an App available on iOS and Android, or from the .
The app itself is a large improvement on the previous version, with large improvements to overall aesthetics, navigation, and search. The streaming quality itself, in my experience, is very good and least on par with Spotify premium. I have heard that some people have complained about static and premature song ending so your milage may vary, however I personally have not experienced such issues on any devices I”ve used it on.
Overall I think Google has a great music streaming service on it”s hands. The app is highly polished and the quality is great. They have a large music library which is augmented by the ability to upload your own personal music collection. Will they be able to compete with the likes of Spotify and Pandora? I suspect they will, particularly with integration into the Android ecosystem.