Google announced Google Play Music is finally launching in Canada. Canadians now have access to over 25 million songs, ranging from classics to contemporary tunes. Google Play Music has joined the quickly-crowding Canadian streaming music service market that now includes services like Microsoft’s Xbox Music, Sony Music Unlimited, Songza and Rdio. What sets Google Play Music apart from these platforms is its broad set of features and massive content library.
The service has the ability to create custom streaming radio stations and store up to 20,000 songs in the cloud, as well as access an impressive library of over 25 million tracks.
The ability to upload your own music to the cloud for seamless sharing across multiple devices – iOS, Android, PC and Mac – is probably the platform’s most interesting feature.
Apple users can also export their iTunes library to Google Play Music and still keep playlists and track ratings. Songs can also be shared with one other user through Google+.
On the mobile side of things, Canadian carriers’ restrictive data plans could cause problems for people interested in accessing the service’s library on the go. Also, if you take the subway to work, Google Play Music definitely isn’t the platform for you, since it needs a data connection to access content.
Google Play Music is free for the first 30 days and then costs $9.99 a month after (you’re able to access all 25 million songs). If you sign up before June 30 users are locked into a price of $7.99 per month.