|The keynote of Google's Developers I/O has unveiled a new Spotify-like streaming music service today, that will be offered through their Google Play Music Store. The cost will be $10 a month gives you access to streaming music and brings a heavyweight into an already crowded bunch of streaming music sites.
The official name is Google Play Music: All Access, and the service will work similar to Pandor Radio in that users can play a song and then turn that vibe into a radio station with similar music being matched to that sound. There's a 30-day free trial and if you join bby the end of June your price will be $8 a month.
There are over 900 million Android devices worldwide, which adds up to a lot of streaming music users. They had 100 million two years ago, 400 million last year, and 900 million this year, so the demand for Android phones and tablets is clearly gaining momentum.
Apple is also planning their own iTunes Radio or some kind of streaming music service of their own, so Spotify, Rdio, MOG-Beats-Daisy and Rhapsody will face stiff competition from the immense audiences of Google and Apple. Today introduces a major shift in that game, as users will have new choices about how to listen to music.