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May 31, 2013

Google Music All Access Coming to iOS ‘In a Couple of Weeks’

Google’s streaming music service will hit Apple iOS next month, says a top executive.

Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president for Android, Chrome and Google Apps, told the D11 conference Thursday (May 30) Google Music All Access will be available for iOS “in a couple of weeks,” adding that “the teams are working like crazy.”

Google Music All Access, which will be linked to Google Play for Android, was announced at the company’s I/O conference earlier this month.

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The service — a direct competitor to Spotify — will enable users to stream songs they haven’t purchased with users’ personal music libraries.

Google has signed deals with Universal Music and Sony Music for both YouTube and Google Play, although Google has yet to announce a YouTube music service. The arrangement, combined with the deal the technology titan struck with Warner Music in March ensures the service will have access to  millions of tracks of music.

Universal represents artists from all genres from rapper Jay-Z and classical artist Andrea Bocelli to jazz artist Diana Krall and pop artists the Black Eyed Peas. Sony, meanwhile, has headliners like pop singer Alicia Keys, country crooner Carrie Underwood. Warner, although the smallest of the three, represents artists such as rockers Fleetwood Mac and Green Day and pop artist Jason Mraz.

All Access is available in the U.S. for $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial. Those who sign up by June 30 are eligible for the discounted rate of $7.99 per month.