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Google Music iOS App Reportedly Launching This Month

It has been several months since Google launched its music streaming service, Play Music All Access, but so far only Android and desktop Web users have been able to tune into the music. That could change this month.


According to Engadget, Google is currently testing a native iOS app with employees, and plans to launch it later this month. Sources tell the tech site that there are still a few bugs that need fixing before pushing it out the door.

Google first introduced its Spotify competitor at its I/O conference and said it would arrive on iOS in the coming weeks. Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai said the same at our D11 conference, but there has been little but radio silence since then.

In that time, Apple has launched iTunes Radio, a free, ad-supported streaming music service. Rdio also updated its mobile apps today to add a feature that lets you create custom stations and listen to programmed stations for free.

Meanwhile, Google Play Music All Access costs $10 per month, and allows users to listen to music on demand, build custom stations and upload tracks from their personal library. Aside from a release date for the iOS app, the question also remains whether Google will allow people to pay for music or a subscription through the app, or if they’ll have to do that through Google directly.

Google did not immediately return a request for comment.

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