First Look: Google Music All Access (Video)

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Google already sells music through Google Play, and lets users upload their own collections to its cloud locker system, but it’s still been facing stiff competition from the likes of Pandora or Spotify, for users who don’t necessarily want to build up a big personal library of music, and just ant to be able to listen to whatever they like, whenever the mood strikes them. We had heard rumors that the company was preparing to announce a new streaming service of its own, and it did just that at Google I/O today, unveiling Google Play Music All Access.

All Access augments your previous music collection with custom radio options, built around the artists or tracks of your choosing. If you’re undecided, you can simply browse through what’s available, or turn to Google’s expert recommendations.

The service will run users about $10 a month, but if you sign up for a free trial by June 30 you can get in on the action for more like $8 a month.

We go hands-on with the updated app in our video below:

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!