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Hands-on: Google's All Access music service is still a rough cut

Jonathan Seff | May 20, 2013
On Wednesday, Google joined the likes of Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Slacker with the U.S. launch of its Google Play Music All Access subscription music service. For $10 a month (or $8 a month if you sign up before the end of June) you get access to untold millions of tracks on Android phones and tablets, as well as via your Web browser.

A good start
For the same price as the competition (or less if you sign up soon) All Access delivers a ton of music at high quality. That's the good news. The not-so-good news at this point is that the app and service are rather buggy and somewhat confusing to use. And leaving iOS users out of the game means 100s of millions of potential customers will go elsewhere (unless they want to be restricted to Web usage, which is a like half a service). If that's the kind of working together that Google's Larry Page was talking about, I don't know what the future looks like for All Access.


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