I have been wanting Play Music All Access since Google announced the extension of their music service at I/O. Only two months after the service rolled out in the United States, the monthly subscription streaming service is available in Australia and New Zealand from today.
The interesting thing about All Access is that is allows playback from your own music collection (if you have uploaded your collection to your locker), from your purchases on Google Play and now from streamed tracks. All Access also presents lots of ways to discover new music including a radio service and curated playlists. It's a combo service that gives users access to the music they want to listen to regardless of where it is coming from.
There are rumours flying around that Google is in discussion with media companies about licensing content for a television streaming service as well which would all but close the content and delivery circle for Google Play. Imagine one place that gives you access to all of your music, movies, television shows, books and magazines in one place and streams anything else you want to consume to you is exciting. But it is also a little scary that one company will control access to that much content for so many people.
It seems Google are getting a lot quicker at making its services available in other territories. Apparently it could have come out here a lot sooner; Gizmodo is reporting that Google Play spokesperson for the region Ruuben Van Den Heuvel said the delay was “… due to wanting to ensure that local music relevant to Australians was curated into the service.” Even if Gizmodo is right and that actually means “licensing difficulties”, it is obvious Google is working hard to reduce roll outs of new services in other regions.
If you're thinking about switching streaming music services, now is a good time to consider All Access; if you sign up for a free 30-day trial before 31 August your monthly subscription fee will stay at $9.99. From September onward it goes up to $11.99!