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This article was published on June 23, 2015

A free, ad-supported version of Google Play Music is now available in the US

A free, ad-supported version of Google Play Music is now available in the US
Natt Garun
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Natt Garun

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Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She Natt Garun is the former US Editor at The Next Web, managing the North American team on content, events, features and reviews coverage. She previously wrote for Digital Trends, Business Insider, and Gizmodo. Facebook | Twitter | Google+

In the midst of the great 2015 music streaming service war, Google has gone and launched an ad-supported version of Google Play Music. An interesting approach, given the opposite route other premium services like Tidal and Apple Music are headed.

Available first in the US, the free version of Google Play Music works sort of like Pandora – users can browse through themed radio stations and find songs that suit your current mood, such as DrivingWorking OutHaving Friends Over or Bedtime. The stations are curated by Songza, which Google acquired last year.

Google Play Music iPad

Google says the ad-supported version is intended to help expose consumers to its service, with the goal of converting users to the paid version so they can access content offline, create their own playlists and, of course, stream music without interruption. The upgraded version runs at $9.99 a month.

Both paid and free users will be able to access music from their own collection and play up to 50,000 songs, however.

If you’ve got room for yet another music streamer, you can give Google Play Music a shot on the Web today. The Android and iOS versions are expected to arrive later this week.

➤ Google Play Music

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