Google Music Gains Free Ad-Supported Radio Tier in The U.S.

Just ahead of Apple streaming music service launch, Google Play Music launched an free ad-supported Radio streaming service to compete with Apple Music. Announced its free music streaming tier to the already-rich Google Music, will basically play as a curated, ad-supported radio station selection for non-subscribers (read: free users) of the search giant’s music offering. Detailed!


The Google Plau Music’s new free tier is all set to take on Apple’s iTunes Radio service, and the rather upcoming Beats 1 radio station, which is indeed to be a part of the all-new streaming music service of Apple Music, notably it doesn’t include a free listening tier, but it is accompained by a free ad-supported radio service that only provides users with a way to access music without shelling out cash. Got it!

The new music service is essentially be Google’s Pandora/iTunes Music, will become available for users in the United States (U.S.) using the Web platform starts today, while support for Android and iOS will follow the suit shortly, and will roll out as part of the Play Music app on the oft-mentioned mobile platforms. Expected to see an update within a week or so.

This free listening tier from Google is built around Sonza, the radio-based streaming service that the Big G has purchased it last July. In it includes curated radio stations and playlists, which Google describes as human-curated and crafted “song by song” for mode and activates like working out or driving, that will be crafted carefully by music experts. Now it’s said that the new tier of Google Play Music will be in direct competition with the likes of Pandora, Apple’s iTunes Radio and the freshly announced Beats 1 radio station, as we aforementioned above.

Interesting to see such move from Google’s part particularly because the Play Msuic brand already features over 30 million audio tracks that can either be streamed or stored on device of offline playback, all for a merge value of $9.99 as month, and that too, after a 60-day free trail. Similar fashion how Apple Musicx service comes it at $9.99/month valuer, or $14.99 per month for the whole family, and offered for a full free three-months trail period.

At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for–from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor–and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music.

While the Apple’s own upcoming revamped radio station also focusing on human curation, headlined by the live Beats 1 radio station that will play music chosen by human DJs 24/7. It will be broadcast in more than 100 countries and led by former BBC DJ Zane Lowe and other famous DJs from Los Angeles, New York, and London, airing not only music but also exclusive interviews and music news.

Like Apple, Google, is also hoping that its free radio service will entice customers to subscribe to the paid music service later on. When it comes to the sheer volume of music available, both Google and Apple are head-to-head, and it’s going to be small distinguishers that will decide the ultimate winner.

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