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Which online music service should you use?

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Google’s plan to take over the entire Internet — and with it, the world — continued full steam ahead this week with the news that it’s launching its own online streaming music service, Google Play Music All Access. We broke down how the new service compares to other popular current streaming options.

Google Play:

Cost: $9.99/month for all access, currently at $7.99 month discount

Type: On demand/radio (not available on iOS)

Song Selection: only saying “millions” currently

Quality: Unknown

Offline Option: Yes


Cost: Free with ads or you can upgrade for $3.99 a month

Type: Radio with limited skips

Song Selection: 900,000 songs

Stream Quality: Up to 192 kbps

Offline Option: No


Cost: $4.99 (desktop only), $9.99 mobile

Type: On Demand/Radio

Song Selection: 20 million songs

Stream Quality: Up to 256kbps

Offline Option: Yes


Cost: Free with ads, $4.99/month (desktop), $9.99/month (mobile and offline available)

Type: On demand/radio

Song Selection: Over 20 million songs

Stream Quality: Up to 320 kbps

Offline Option: Yes


Cost: $4.99 (desktop only), $9.99 (premium with mobile)

Type: On demand/radio

Song Selection: 18 million songs

Quality: Up to 320 kbps

Offline Option: Yes


Cost: Free with ads, $3.99 ad-free, $9.99 premium (includes on demand)

Type: Radio with unlimited skips for paid subscriptions; radio/on demand for premium subscriptions

Song Selection: 13 million songs

Quality: “near-CD quality”

Offline Option: Yes

Interested in Google’s offering? What do you use to stream music?

(Reporting by Mike Bruno)

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