For those who aren't interested in Apple Music, Google Play Music is offering a new option that might reel in music listeners who are willing to pay for their tunes but want the most out of a subscription plan.
On Wednesday, Google announced the Google Play Music family plan. Under this plan, you and five other family members can subscribe to the streaming service for $14.99 per month.
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Subscribers will still have access to the same features you'd get with an individual subscription: ad-free unlimited access to more than 35 million songs and the ability for members to stream simultaneously on any device.
And of course, not everyone in your family wants to listen to T-Swift on repeat like you do. Every member will get music recommendations based on their preferences, so all of your listening experiences are separate and personalized.
Apple Music's family plan is the same price, but Google Play's family plan includes access to YouTube Red in the U.S., providing ad-free music videos that you can watch on or offline. YouTube Red also keeps your videos playing even if you're using other apps or have your screen off..
In June, just before Apple Music became available, Google Play added a free tier to its service on the web, iOS and Android focusing on a selection of curated stations. And in October, it announced the addition of podcasts to Google Play, though the company wasn't clear on when those would hit the service.
Google Play's family plan is available now in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, France and Germany. Google says more countries will be coming soon. Listen to Google Play on Android, iOS and the web.
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