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Google Offers Free 4-Month Play Music Trial Subscription to Celebrate July 4th

In celebration of July 4th, Google is offering new U.S. subscribers to its Play Music streaming service a four-month trial completely free of charge.

Play Music subscribers can choose from a library of over 35 million tracks, which usually costs $9.99 per month, so the offer amounts to a $40 saving and users can cancel the subscription at any time.

Google Play Music trial
Customers who sign up to the trial will also gain access to the company's ad-free YouTube Red service, which features original content, and enables offline and background playback of YouTube videos on mobile devices.

Prospective users of the service should note that it's a U.S.-only promotion, and is only available to those who have never signed up for Play Music or YouTube Red in the past.

Google Play Music is a viable alternative to Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify, as the company offers an iOS app as well as desktop access via a web browser. Third-party standalone apps like Radiant Player are also available for accessing the service on a Mac.

In addition to music streaming, Play membership includes access to a cloud storage locker where users can store up to 50,000 of their own songs, with or without a paid Play Music subscription, using the Google Music Manager client.

Google's promotion comes the same week that Spotify accused Apple of using its App Store process to stymie rival streaming services after Apple rejected a Spotify app update.

Apple responded to the accusation through its lawyers, who said Spotify was seeking exemptions to rules that have applied to all app developers long before Apple Music was introduced.

Apple Music also celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this week. The service has 15 million paying subscribers, far short of Spotify's user base, which is roughly twice that amount.



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40 months ago
Please don't hate on me, I know this isn't the best place to write this and this is JUST my opinion. But I have been with play music for a month now (actually I'm doing youtube red basically 9$/mos gets rid of ALL ads on youtube and also gives you the music subscription) and I really love it and much much than apple music which I've been since it started.

It feels nice that the suggestions are spot on. I don't get Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake, Justin Beiber and Dr Dre non stop in my suggestions. I cannot reiterate how many times I have said "not interested" and "dislike" on Rihanna and Taylor Swift and every single day they show up in my "for you" lists. I get that they are popular, but I thought these were supposed to be based off our preferences and your "likes". And yes, I went through the "choose your artist" thing in the beginning and the suggestions are getting worse. Now I'm getting Kanye. Keep in mind, I don't have a SINGLE pop song in my list.

I think for majority of people that love rap and I guess Apple's real target audience apple music rocks. But I think if your taste isn't Taylor, Justin or rap, then Apple Music is pretty bad and will only suggest what Apple thinks everyone should like.

Google Music suggested that BS in the beginning too, which I get since I didn't have a library or any "thumbs up", but after 1 time saying I can't stand Rihanna and adding more songs/liking in my library, I don't see that sh.. anymore.

I get the privacy issue and the reason google suggestions are so powerful (they are an aggregate of everyone else liking the songs that I like, etc). But honestly, at least I don't feel like Apple being in bed with Swift is being forced on me.

Again, MY OPINION. Wondering if anyone else feels the same.. or if there is anyone out there that isn't in love with rap and whatever genre that Swift switched to recently to make more money.
Rating: 43 Votes
40 months ago
Spotify will now publicly complain that Google is trying "stymie rival streaming services" by offering *FOUR FREE MONTHS* - much more than Spotify can offer.
Rating: 22 Votes
40 months ago
I love Google Play Music...
Rating: 10 Votes
40 months ago
Boo... US only :(
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
They better pay for four months of free Spotify on Android or I'll stomp my feet and hold my breath.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
I'm happy with my $4.99 Apple Music student subscription :)
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago

Please don't hate on me, I know this isn't the best place to write this and this is JUST my opinion. But I have been with play music for a month now (actually I'm doing youtube red basically 9$/mos gets rid of ALL ads on youtube and also gives you the music subscription) and I really love it and much much than apple music which I've been since it started.

It feels nice that the suggestions are spot on. I don't get Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake, Justin Beiber and Dr Dre non stop in my suggestions. I cannot reiterate how many times I have said "not interested" and "dislike" on Rihanna and Taylor Swift and every single day they show up in my "for you" lists. I get that they are popular, but I thought these were supposed to be based off our preferences and your "likes". And yes, I went through the "choose your artist" thing in the beginning and the suggestions are getting worse. Now I'm getting Kanye. Keep in mind, I don't have a SINGLE pop song in my list.

I think for majority of people that love rap and I guess Apple's real target audience apple music rocks. But I think if your taste isn't Taylor, Justin or rap, then Apple Music is pretty bad and will only suggest what Apple thinks everyone should like.

Google Music suggested that BS in the beginning too, which I get since I didn't have a library or any "thumbs up", but after 1 time saying I can't stand Rihanna and adding more songs/liking in my library, I don't see that sh.. anymore.

I get the privacy issue and the reason google suggestions are so powerful (they are an aggregate of everyone else liking the songs that I like, etc). But honestly, at least I don't feel like Apple being in bed with Swift is being forced on me.

Again, MY OPINION. Wondering if anyone else feels the same.. or if there is anyone out there that isn't in love with rap and whatever genre that Swift switched to recently to make more money.


The fact that you have to beg for people not to hate you because you favor a Google service is very telling of the majority of users on this forum. You are entitled to your own opinion and it's great that you found a service you enjoy!
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago

Please don't hate on me, I know this isn't the best place to write this and this is JUST my opinion. But I have been with play music for a month now (actually I'm doing youtube red basically 9$/mos gets rid of ALL ads on youtube and also gives you the music subscription) and I really love it and much much than apple music which I've been since it started.

It feels nice that the suggestions are spot on. I don't get Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake, Justin Beiber and Dr Dre non stop in my suggestions. I cannot reiterate how many times I have said "not interested" and "dislike" on Rihanna and Taylor Swift and every single day they show up in my "for you" lists. I get that they are popular, but I thought these were supposed to be based off our preferences and your "likes". And yes, I went through the "choose your artist" thing in the beginning and the suggestions are getting worse. Now I'm getting Kanye. Keep in mind, I don't have a SINGLE pop song in my list.

I think for majority of people that love rap and I guess Apple's real target audience apple music rocks. But I think if your taste isn't Taylor, Justin or rap, then Apple Music is pretty bad and will only suggest what Apple thinks everyone should like.

Google Music suggested that BS in the beginning too, which I get since I didn't have a library or any "thumbs up", but after 1 time saying I can't stand Rihanna and adding more songs/liking in my library, I don't see that sh.. anymore.

I get the privacy issue and the reason google suggestions are so powerful (they are an aggregate of everyone else liking the songs that I like, etc). But honestly, at least I don't feel like Apple being in bed with Swift is being forced on me.

Again, MY OPINION. Wondering if anyone else feels the same.. or if there is anyone out there that isn't in love with rap and whatever genre that Swift switched to recently to make more money.


Agreed! Google Play music easily beats Spotify and I'm so happy that it doesn't rely on crummy desktop applications and runs in-browser (albeit using Flash). I'd like a bit better sound quality from it, but GPlay is everything I ever hoped that iTunes/iTunes Match would turn into. YouTube Red is just gravy on top.

In addition to relying on a desktop app (itunes), I too didn't like the manufactured controversy between Apple and Taylor Swift. It felt really obvious and gross, so much so that I never activated the 3 month trail of Apple Music on my iTunes account. (I also didn't want my local library to get destroyed...)

I'm currently on a 1-month trial with GPlay, so now I wish I'd waited two weeks to sign up. Will be keeping this service anyhow... They really nailed it! (And I say that as someone who actively avoids Google if it all possible.)
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
I've been on the Google Music bandwagon since it launched at the 7.99 early adopter price point.
I own plenty of my own music and Google actually saves me money for the amount of music I listen to in a year. The people on here bashing these services buy a handful of songs in a year, and that's fine. But I'm a listen to full albums kinda person (archaic as it may be) and this buying singles here and there doesn't cut it. And when I do buy a full record I'd prefer it to be the physical version. Lyrics, liner notes, writing credits and any other bonuses contained within.

So I get to sample endless amount of fringe records I may not want to buy but still listen to for the low price on one CD a month and still buy the short-list of hardcore favorite bands I listen to when they come out. It's a perfect marriage.

So call people gullible all you want because it doesn't fit your CASUAL music interests, but I'm still buying the occasional vinyl release when possible. Some of us are a little more involved than that and it can be a money SAVER.

These erroneous blanket statements because of someone's particular use-case that renders everyone's else's invalid annoys me to no end.

Proud owner AND renter of music here. It doesn't have to be one or the other contrary to popular opinion.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

They better pay for four months of free Spotify on Android.

And what will you do if they don't?


Stomp my feet and hold my breath (edited my post to reflect this)
Rating: 6 Votes

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