Credit: Official Android Blog
Google’s family-friendly music streaming plan is now ready for the masses.
According to an announcement on the Official Android Blog, a Google Play Music Family Plan can be shared amongst six individuals for $15 per month. Each person gets their own account, so all the music preferences and saved albums will stay unique to each user.
While that price matches the family offering from Apple Music, Google sweetens the deal by throwing in YouTube Red (U.S. customers only right now). The new streaming service grants you ad-free access to nearly all YouTube content and promises original programming for next year.
Google says the option to start a new family plan or switch over from an individual subscription will be live in the coming days on Android devices. You won’t see any type of sign-up ability on iOS, as that would trigger a 30 percent cut for Apple.
Why this matters: While Play Music on its own may not be compelling enough for those who prefer Spotify or Apple Music, the inclusion of YouTube Red could tip the scales. For $15 per month everyone in your family group can have their own streaming account and the ability to save YouTube videos offline and avoid YouTube ads. It’s a package that finally gives Google an attractive alternative to other streaming services.
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