Google Play Music finally arrives on the iPhone after the longest "few weeks" in history

Google Play Music arrives on the iPhone

Google has finally released Google Play Music for iPhone, bringing their music service at long last to iOS in an official native app. The app had previously been expected to launch "a few weeks" after the D11 Conference back in May. Now, just twenty-four weeks later, it has arrived.

Google Play Music features simple sign-in for quick access to your account, and gives you access to the songs that you've uploaded to the services, or you can opt to pay $9.99 per month for Google Music All Access, which gives you access to unlimited listening to millions of tracks. The app lets you create All Access radio stations based on artists, albums, and individual songs. Google Play Music for iPhone supports streaming audio via both AirPlay and Google's Chromecast.

You can also download music from either your personal collection or All Access on to your device, or stream it. You can choose to limit streaming to Wi-Fi only, or allow for cellular data use. If you want to stream your music over cellular, you can decide from Low, Normal, and High quality to control how much data you use.

Google Play Music is available now as a free download for iPhone. If you've been wanting to try Google's music service, now might be the perfect time to do so. All Access comes with a free months trial subscription to anyone who hasn't tried the service yet. We'll be posting a full review over the weekend, but for now, if you download and take it for a spin, let me know what you think to it.

Joseph Keller

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Google music is a big reason I switched from android to iOS. It leaves a lot to be desired. Especially how easy iTunes it to navigate. I'm happy with my switch to all things apple. The integration is much better.

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I'm kind of disappointed that it's not universal, but hey, it's FINALLY on iOS. I'll have to see if this beats gMusic 2, but I'm very excited to try it out.

Edit: And Chromecast support! YES!

I just downloaded gMusic 2 a couple of weeks ago. Like it.

This app does let you delete music out of the radio queue and move them around in the queue also. Didn't notice that working in gMusic 2, though it's a great app.

I signed up for all access when it came out with the promise of a native app. I gave up waiting after a "few weeks" and cancelled my subscription.

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Match is great since you can have all your music and pull it to your device whenever you wanted. I personally love iTunes Radio so the cloud backup plus ad free radio for $25/year is a great deal. If you just wanted all your music in the cloud and listen it on there only and no radio? Google is a great solution for that.

Actually Google All Access does have Radio. The only Con that it has compared to iTunes Match is the price comparison. Like you said $25/year vs $7.99 if you got it early or $9.99/month now.

But the fact that you have access to all of the Google Music's Library even if you had never bought the albums/songs is great to me.

Well the thing is for the price of All Access, you're not just getting a storage locker, you're getting a subscription service also.

It depends.

In my case, when I switched from Android to iOS, I downloaded all my music in Google Music and copied it over to iTunes. iTunes Match was then a no-brainer as it made all my imported content automagically appear on my Apple devices. If you don't already have all your content in iTunes already, then the ability of Google Music to download your tracks directly to your phone may render Match moot. The other component is the radio aspect. iTunes Radio is free without a Match subscription (just with ads), whereas I believe Google Music All Access requires the $9.99/mo subscription to get access at all.

Last point to consider is that Match is cheaper. $25 for the entire year vs. $9.99/mo for Google All Access, which comes out to almost $120 for the year.

I think that all points considered, iTunes Match comes out on top if you already have a bunch of imported music in iTunes. Otherwise, just depends on if you want ads on iTunes Radio or not. The Google All Access is optional and not needed to get to your uploaded Google Music tracks.

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Also, as mentioned above, All Access is a subscription service. Not just a matching service.

And the Radio for Google Music is free.

This is going to be epic. I uploaded all my music when it first came out and never really used it. I see myself using this a lot more now.

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Honestly I see this being more useful than iTunes Match for my uses. I admit the ability to download any song at will is nice with match, but most my music listening is via streaming anyway. And this is free. Although 25 bucks a year for match is kinda a insignificant amount.

Yeh me too. In fact it just realeased in Mexico a few weeks ago so I got the lower rate. I have canceled my spotify account. Google Music doesn´t compete with iTunes Match only, it is a combination of Itunes Match and Spotify / Rdio / Deezer, which are in another category when compared to ITunes Radio and Pandora. It depends on you needs, and I need to have downloaded music, and since I change tastes so often it doesn´t make sense to always buy it. Google Music is the best of both worlds. I am happy.

Finally. I was hanging on to my subscription purely due to the introductory promo price. Shame it took so long but better late than never. Now please come to Canada officially already and release a hardware API for Sonos. :-)

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I recently moved back from the States so had a US credit card. Even so I needed a VPN to sign up from here.

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This is great, I've been waiting for this for awhile. We use Android and iOS at my household so I have been using All Access for awhile and just missed it on my iPhone.

Way too late for me. With iTunes Radio and Spotify I'm very content on my music services now. This is one time google was just too late to the party

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Finally I been waiting for this for a long time since I left android, time to finally to listen to all my music, thanks

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Finally, after 184 days it is here.
Google All Access is a combo of spotify (ability to listen to albums/songs you have not purchased) and iTunes Match (it uploads your personal library from Music Manager in the background).

I'll stick with iTunes. I have no interest in a subscription service and iTunes does exactly what I need. I do but from Amazon in occasion but that goes right into iTunes. I understand renting Movies and shows but not music.

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Google music is great if you already have a huge non-iTunes library that you want to take with you anywhere. However, I don't see it doing that well on the iOS front. iTunes Radio offers just as many features with only a few ads in its place.

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Is this the result of them purchasing SimplifyMusic those years ago? It was a beautiful app that worked well over our old unlimited bandwidths, but if it's now a $10 per month service plus the cost of overages on your wireless cartier's data plan, it's a bust for me.

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google play muse seems so much like a product Google doesn't care at all about. I have 20k songs on it but it's, as my dad would say, "all half assed" in the way it's delivered and run. The desktop is supper laggy and the organization is illogical. Which brings me to this app.

I have songs in google play and i'll use it over paying a enormous fee to upload/match my music but the layout of this app is so illogical in so many ways. Instant mixes is lame. i should be able to delete or hide that. I only care about my music. Under my library, genre, the next screen is albums. Well first who knows what albums songs are on these days in an era of buying just singles? My library has 1227 Hip-hop albums listed. So i have to sift through 1200+ entries and remember what song an album is on? It should have gone genre, hip-hop, artists, album, song that way it's more precise. Worse, there's no option for that. There's little customization you can do, a problem with many an app.

Additionally, under artists, just like ios 7, which is probably where apple got the horrible idea, there's a giant internet downloaded picture of the artists. I've never seen most of these pictures, some are from albums that were never popular in an artists career, and other images are just bad and barely show the person. It's useless eyecandy because you can't recognize them when scrolling as i've never seen most of these images. They aren't the images i associate artists with. Worse, it looks like about ever 1/4 image isn't even the actual artist. If the image isn't wrong the album art displayed is not what's in the file. I've got an Aliyah album showing a Keith Sweat album cover. I downloaded it, the files is perfect.
Even has art embedded.

I've got on a song off of the "The best of the Wake Up Show" album and its displaying art from a "Best of Wutang" album. Under the "Artist" tab there's an entry for "John Legend", the associated image is a white man. Funny as John Legend isn't a rotund white dude. But go deeper and click on the John Legend entry and it shows three song, one by Kardinal Offishall. The two actual John Legend songs have album art from Roberta Flack. I check the original files they are tagged perfectly. You just have to look at the artists name as you should. Plus this eyecandy wastes half the width of the screen. Under Albums, it's just 4 albums per page of album art. More eyecandy. Great if you have 4 albums, crappy if you have thousands like me. Album art lags too when you scroll down. That is, there is a delay to actually appear on the screen. Plus, perfectly tagged album names are showing up multiple times. The don't show up multiple times in itunes. All in all its what i expect from google. "half assed" effort and organization that makes sense only to them. This app does the job of playing the song, barely, but little more.

I'll keep it installed for now but still use the orginial ios 6 version of GMusic. Which, has issues, but it's lists based interface is much better for the power user. Luckily i satisfy the bulk of my music listenening needs through by listening to local files through the itunes player.

I honestly don't see the thrill of pay to play music services, especially where they'd really be useful - on the road. More battery usage, insane data usage, and at times, spotty data coverage. It must be a booming business, though, and Google wants to own it's chunk.

That being said, this app currently lacks a lot of the polish that other apps along the same lines already have, so until it becomes a game CHANGER instead of just another player, I'll stick with slacker and the free options for work distraction. :)

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If your concerned about data, set to download over WiFi. Its easy, just pin the album or track, and you have the option to play on device or all(which is just about every song -the Beatles)

It's been so long since the initial announcement was made that I actually forgot about this app was due to launch. Third party apps didn't do it for me; I mainly streamed my Google Music tracks through the Chrome browser which worked quite well. I'll give this a try; I'll keep it if it doesn't hog up storage space on my phone.

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Apple should totally steal this concept. The app is amazing and one of the most responsive apps out there. Love it!
Didn't even notice that all my tracks are actually in the cloud, this is lightning fast! Great work google!

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I have a couple of albums that I purchased through Google play music with free credits. Once I upgraded to my iPhone 5 from my android phone I never looked back. I forgot how much better the music player is on iOS as opposed to any android music player that I have used.

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However I do like the fact that I can cue music on google play music. I can't figure out how to do it on my iPhone.

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Just in time for my new Mini. Should be delivered today. Love this on my N4 , the workarounds were kinda tired on iOS, but appreciated.

iTunes Radio is by far the best one out there. Personally I think it's better than pandora

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I see a lot of people are just thinking this is a locker service or a radio service.

Google Music is a combination of iTunes Radio, iTunes Match, and Spotify.

I'm just happy there's finally an iOS app. I've been tired of having to use my phone to listen to music at home.

I tried this on Android and have to agree that iTunes is much easier and just "works better".

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I haven't bailed on Pandora yet because Pandora knows my musical taste better than iTunes Radio. I'm sure iTunes Radio will get there in time, and IMO iTunes Match is well worth the $25 a month for no ads on the iTunes Radio and access to my music library. I just have 16Gigs on my iPhone, so I don't want my music library hogging up that space. On the desktop, I prefer Spotify (free version.) This leaves little time to try Google Play. Is it that compelling a music service?

I honestly use it In conjunction with Itunes. Both have their own functions, but I have a large library of music from my time on Android, and I'm now glad to be able to access it. I feel apps should be loved for what they provide to a platform and not where they come from:

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I honestly use it In conjunction with Itunes. Both have their own functions, but I have a large library of music from my time on Android, and I'm now glad to be able to access it. I feel apps should be loved for what they provide to a platform and not where they come from:

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Was never happy with Google Music when I was on Android. Using Pandora and iTunes Radio now. Not really in the mood to upload about 100GB of music either...

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You don't have to upload music anymore. The music application scans your hard drive and instead of uploading the music it just makes it available if you already own it.

I've got quite a collection of uploaded music on Google Play. Now I've got Google Play on my iPhone 4S, I've realized how poor Play Music is compared to to the iPod app (Now Music), but since my iPhone is only 8GB I need to use Play Music if I want to Access all my previously uploaded music.

$25 seems a bit steep for the privilege of being able to access all my music through the Cloud via the iOS Music App after I've then spent hours to download all my music from Google Play to then upload it to iTunes Match.

Also music from the Play Music Store is cheaper than music from the iTunes store.

I would love to have google music but I got rid of it wait for this app.
I remember a while back when Steve Jobs came out with iTunes that he said that people don't want to rent their music and I totally agree. I pay for iTunes Match every year and it helps with having my music everywhere.

Renting my music seems like a waist since I can buy an entire album every month for almost the same cost and I would own that music instead of just having access to it.

I'm glad google FINALLY fulfilled their commitment, but the concept of renting vs buying is flawed.

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This really is great for Google lovers who use Apple's superior hardware, but not for me. I am an Apple soldier through and through. If Apple makes a service, I try to use it above any competitors. For me, iTunes and iTunes Radio work great and Google Music is not needed.

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I've been a frustrated google play customer for months, at last an official app.

gmusic is ok but temperamental.

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just downloaded...this app has a lot of potential but you have to wonder what the people at Google were doing for those "extra weeks" if not upgrading the app.

I'm still not sold in turning my music services through cloud or streaming. I still do it old school via iTunes sync. Works beautifully for me. So maybe in a year I'll reconsider.

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Some areas in my country doesn't have a very reliable mobile data connection that's one of the reasons why I'm holding off getting these kinds of services. And iTunes still keeps me happy. =)

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Don't forget about Chromecast. With this now on your phone you can buy as many of those cheap Chromecast dongles that are in the $30 ish range and set them up as music receivers. What I mean is that you plug it into a tv and set it up as "Bedroom" or "Kitchen" and once done you can unplug the dongle and plug it into any music receiver that has HDMI or you can buy a converter for another $40 http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011406&p_id...
and have your own Sonos http://www.sonos.com/?lang=en-us&region=us&utm_source=google&utm_medium=... like product for a fraction of the cost.

I much prefer iTunes and Match. If I want my subscription fix I'll just renew my rDio subscription. I don't like that there's no way to delete duplicates from Google Music or that it's not smart enough to recognize the song you've already uploaded.

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I for one have actually been waiting for this app to come to iOS. Why? Because a lot of my music from my old nexus was backed up to Gplay. And most of my music from my Mac was synced to my old nexus. Then one day when my Mac died... Googles play music was my only way to restore. So now I have to either stream all my playlist via google or download all my music from google to my Mac.

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I for one have actually been waiting for this app to come to iOS. Why? Because a lot of my music from my old nexus was backed up to Gplay. And most of my music from my Mac was synced to my old nexus. Then one day when my Mac died... Googles play music was my only way to restore. So now I have to either stream all my playlist via google or download all my music from google to my Mac.

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This is a huge deal. Having just migrated over from android I was not looking forward to downloading all my google play music and switching it over to iTunes. Now I don't have to deal with that hassle.

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I have IOS and just downloaded the google music app and I can't figure out how to download just one song. I see the download icon when I go I to artist or album and when I click it the app will download the whole album. Is there anyway to just save/download one song?