Google Play, also branded as the Google Play Store and formerly Android Market, is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google.
Google has made its streaming music service Google Play Music free to use, without a subscription. The catch is that you’ll have to listen to ads, similar to the way free versions of Spotify and Pandora (P) work.
Google (GOOGL) launched the new version for U.S. desktop users Tuesday and will roll out updates to its Android and iOS app later this week. If you still want to pay the $9.99 a month fee to skip the ads, listen to songs on demand, and create playlists, you can.
How can I get free music on Google Play?
The best way to get Google Play Music for free is by taking advantage of the 30-day trial. It is completely ad-free and you’ll have access to the entire library with unlimited skips. You can sign up for the trial by clicking here, but be sure to cancel before you’re charged.
What is the best free music app on Google Play?
JetAudio HD Music Player
JetAudio is top-rated and is the top downloaded free music android app. You can get a massive collection of songs in one single App and can also download them
Just like Spotify and Pandora, Google Play Music lets people stream preset compilations that Google thinks you would want to listen to during certain activities.
Launching a free version of Google Play Music comes as no surprise. Streaming media companies have struggled to find enough people willing to pay monthly subscriptions, and have increasingly turned back to selling ads to buoy their businesses.
For example, Spotify recently started letting people listen to music ad-free for 30 minutes in exchange for showing them a video ad. It sounds like a strange mix, but video ads make more money than other types of advertising on the Internet. Only about 30% of Spotify’s user base pays for the monthly service.
Meanwhile, Apple (AAPL) is bucking the trend. Its new Apple Music service is available by subscription-only for $9.99 a month.