Google Play Music is (finally) available as a free download from the App Store today. The app has been surprisingly absent from iOS since Google introduced it’s Play Music service almost two years ago to the day. The app was confirmed to be in the works earlier this year after the announcement of the All Access subscription service.
Play Music for iOS features access to the $9.99 per month plan (which is most similar to competitors like Spotify and Rdio) as well as the always-free ability to stream a user’s stored music from the Google cloud. The service supports storage for up to 20,000 songs at no charge.
What you won’t find in Google’s iOS app, however, is the ability to purchase music from Google’s growing library. You also can’t sign up directly for All Access via the app. The reason? Apple’s policies collect 30 percent of revenues from in-app purchases, a fee Google isn’t too keen on paying. Given that barrier, it is unlikely Google will offer purchases directly via their app any time soon.
Apple has countered Google’s offering with a few services of their own, including iTunes Match and iTunes Radio, though the complete experience is priced at a premium. You can find Google Play Music via the App Store/iTunes now as a free download.