Google Seeks Slice of the Subscription-Based Music Market with 'Google Play All Access'

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | May 17, 2013 | 5:52 PM EDT

It looks like Google is taking a shot at some of the Internet's favorite music companies. With the introduction of Google Play Music All Access the tech giant is venturing into the subscription-based music service and smart internet radio spheres. It's available on both desktop and on Android phones.

Just like with Spotify, Google Music All Access allows users access to unlimited music for a monthly fee. And, as with Pandora, Google Music All Access allows users to create their own internet radio stations that learn what the user likes over time. The real question is whether or not Google Music All Access is any better than Spotify or Pandora.

As this video review by TheVerge suggests, other than the fact that All Access is starting out a couple dollars cheaper per month than Spotify, it's a bit hard to figure out what it does better... or even differently for that matter.

It seems that Google has its work cut out for it if it wants to compete with already established companies doing, basically, the same thing. What is it that makes All Access worth switching to?

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