News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 15, 2013.
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Apple iPhone users have a new option for on-demand streaming music services. Six months after first launching on Android, Google Play Music is now available on iOS with the same features: unlimited streaming of music uploaded to the service, millions of songs regularly added to the collection, and personalized radio stations built on favorite songs. The only major feature missing is the ability to purchase a song to own; however, people interested only in listening to music can continue to pay $9.99 per month and have access to the full range of features as long as they maintain their subscriptions.
Google Play Music is otherwise the same app that I reviewed back in May. It offers a mix of Spotify's always-expanding music collection and Pandora's always-learning personal radio option. The app lets users combine either format for what best suits their needs at the moment. Play Music is still usable without a subscription, but that limits listeners to playing their personally-uploaded music and radio stations with ads and caps on songs that can be skipped. Paying the $9.99 per month opens up the app to all features.
Music streams at up to 320kbps in Google Play Music. The app can also mark some songs or albums for download so they can be listened to when a device is not connected to the Internet. Apple users can also connect it to other devices through AirPlay in case they want to listen on a device with louder speakers.
Google Play Music album, track listing, and Explore
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.