India’s online music streaming space has a new entrant, and it already looks pretty attractive.
Google Play Music All Access, which features ad-free music streaming, is now available to residents in India. It’s offering a free 30-day trial, after which the monthly price will be up to Rs 99 ($1.53). But if you sign up for the service before May 18, you’ll get it for Rs 89 a month.
In comparison, Google Play Music All Access costs $9.99 a month in the United States.
In India, Google Play Music All Access, which also offers users the ability to upload up to 50,000 songs, will compete with Apple Music. Spotify remains unavailable in the nation. Apple Music charges users Rs 120 ($1.9) a month for an individual account in India.
The announcement comes months after Google Play Music service went live in India. At the time, however, All Access was unavailable to Indians and customers only had the option to purchase single tracks and albums at a fairly high cost.
Its not just the price point that Google is going for with its streaming service in India. A quick look at the catalogue reveals western, local as well as regional content on the service. Google says it is offering more than 40 million tracks with Play Music Unlimited Access.
India’s music market is already fairly crowded with the likes of several local players Saavn, Gaana, Wynk Music, and only time will tell how Play Music fares in the country.
Google Play Music All Access is available on Android, iOS, and through web.