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Google announces yet another way to stream music free

24/06/20152 minute read

Google Play Music announced a new free service that is part of its paid service’s app. Oh, and you can listen to Taylor Swift on it if you like.

As if the music streaming world wasn’t clogged enough already, Google announced a new offering to its Google Play Music service Tuesday.

And guess what — it looks a lot like all of these.

The company wrote on its blog, “Google Play Music now has a free, ad-supported version in the U.S., giving you a new way to find just the right music — and giving artists another way to earn revenue.”

“Free music for everything you do. Like when you’re waking up to the happiest pop hits because it’s silly nice out.”

We’re not sure how much the ad-supported tier will actually pay musicians — probably not much — but that’s likely because the free part of Google’s app is only one feature.

Spotify, for example, has an ad-sponsored tier that includes the ability to create playlists, play an artist’s album on shuffle and play a given song on demand. Google’s free tier only allows users to listen to pre-built playlists. But even pre-built playlists with access to 30 million songs doesn’t seem so bad.

By this point, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, but I still can’t listen to my favorite T. Swift tracks without paying.” Actually, The Verge says some of you can.

“If you can already stream a band’s music with Google’s subscription music service, all of those same tracks will be part of the now-free radio side.”

The company also says it hopes listeners of this new free feature will like it enough to eventually subscribe to the full Google Play Music experience, which costs $9.99 a month.

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