Updated 01:43 AM EST, Sat, Dec 04, 2021

Google Play Music Launches Family Plan at $15 for Up to 6 Accounts [Details]

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For a long time, Apple Music has had the advantage over Google when they announced their family plan at $15, with significant savings compared to the individual account priced of $9.99. However, Google Play Music is finally matching them with their own $14.99 family plan, which can support up to 6 accounts, each family member's playlist, and favorites kept separate.

Users will now have access to over 35 million audio tracks that Google offers ad-free for Play Music subscribers, which can be heard via Android and iOS apps, downloadable from the Play Music website. Engadget reported however, that for starters, the family plan is available for Android, but users can listen on iOS and the web. The company is still rolling out their signup on other platforms, although the outlet did note that signing up on the iOS app may not be doable at this point.

Google is also one-upping Apple's service by including YouTube Red as part of their Play Music Family Plan, providing ad-free music videos viewable on or offline. For comparison, Apple Music does include free access to music videos, as noted by The Verge.

Despite the wide variety of audio clips available at their disposal, Google Play allows for up to 50,000 songs uploaded on the Cloud -- a feature that is said to be available for free users as well.

Unfortunately for music lovers in different parts of the globe, at this point, ZD Net reported that the Play Music Family Plan is only available in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France, and Germany, noting that it is "coming soon" to other countries. Meanwhile, if you're still on Songza -- Google bought the company in 2013 and announced last week that the playlist-based streaming service will be shut down at the end of January, as its functionality is now similar to that of Play Music.

Google Play and Apple Music are not the only music streaming services available, of course. Spotify, the leading app, is said to actually charge more for their own family plan -- Engadget noted it to be $14.99 for two family members, but the service said that it will be conceding by matching the prices offered by its competitors.

Spotify is also rumored to soon allow artists to stream their music exclusively on its paid subscription tier, which can help them solve the problem of albums showing up in their competitors' sites.

Do you think Google Play Music will be a good investment, or are you sticking with other streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify for your daily dose of beats?

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