Following hot on the heels of other music streaming services releasing in South Africa, Google Play Music has launched.

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Google Play Music is a music streaming subscription service created by Google for web as well as Android and iOS devices.

There are two account options:

  • Standard Account (Free)

This free options enables users to upload and listen to up to 50 000 songs from their personal libraries. This basically gives users a free cloud storing service for their music library. You also get music recommendations based on your taste.

  • All Access Account (Monthly Subscription Fee)

The All Access account allows users to still upload their own songs as well as gives them access to over 35 million songs. There are no ads and unlimited skips.

The service will initially cost R49.99. After 26 January 2016 it will be R59.99 per month. With this account you’re able to download songs and listen to them later offline.

All new users can give Google Play Music free test drive for 30 days.

The most unique feature is the ability to curate and create your own radio station to which anyone can listen to. You also have access to other music stations suggested to you based on your music tastes.

You can also browse music based on mood, genre, decade, etc and find any kind of music for any occasion.

Google Play Music faces some tough competition from Spotify which has over 75 million subscribers. Apple Music is also going strong at over 6.5 million subscribers after only being on the market a few months. Spotify is (at the time of writing this article) not yet available in South Africa, but Apple Music is available for both iPhone and Android users.

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