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Google Play Music finally comes to India, songs cost Rs 15 each


Google announced some specific products “designed for India”, its Play Music service is finally live in the country. Although so far no official announcement has been made, now users can buy songs from the Google Play Music app, which comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones. Users can also buy songs from the Play Music through the web browser.

However, one important part of the service – the Premium Subscription – that allows streaming of music, similar to the Apple Music app, is still missing. But another key part – personal library – is available to users. The Play Music users in India can upload up to 50,000 songs in the music library and then can stream these. The songs that they buy will also be part of the same library and they will also be available for streaming.

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However, streaming without purchasing or owning a song, similar to how it works in the Apple Music or apps like Gaana and Saavn, is not yet part of the Play Music service. Most of the songs in the Google store are priced at Rs 15 each. The albums cost anywhere from Rs 100 to Rs 200.

In the US, Google positions the Play Music as a service that can take care of all the music needs of a user. Last year the company wrote on its blog, “We hope you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll consider subscribing to Google Play Music to play without ads, take your music offline, create your own playlists, and listen to any of the 30 million songs in our library on any device and as much as you’d like. You’ll also get ad-free, offline and background features for music videos on YouTube. And with or without a subscription, you can store and play up to 50,000 songs from your own collection for free.”

But the complexity of music subscription and licence business means that in India, not all of the Play Music functionality is available, not at least right now. This may also be the reason why the company hasn’t yet officially announced the availability of the service here. Although, given Google’s focus on India, it is possible that these teething issues may go away soon.

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what do you think about this? Will it succeed in India or not? As we indians prefers downloading songs from free sources more.

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