Gadgets 360 Staff, 06 April 2017
- Google Play Music is now available in India
- It's priced at Rs. 89 per month for the first 45 days
- It's available on Android, iOS, and the Web
With the launch of Google Play Music All Access in India, Apple Music has serious competition in the market. Google Play Music All Access is a music streaming service that lets you download or stream all the songs in Google’s catalogue for just Rs. 89 per month – note, this pricing is only introductory offer for those who subscribe within the next 45 days.
Even though Apple Music is baked in to the Music app on iOS, the number of iPhones in India is relatively low. Apple’s music streaming service is available on Android as well but the competition is tough on Google’s platform. So should you get Google Play Music All Access or Apple Music? We took a look at pricing of both services to help you decide.
The catalogue for Apple Music and Google Play Music is equally good, so you don’t need to worry about that. Just get on the free trial and find out if these services have the music you need. Then you can look at the pricing and decide what you want.
Google Play Music offers a single subscription service at an introductory price of Rs. 89 per month. This is only applicable for those who subscribe in the first 45 days. We’ve reached out to Google for a comment on what the pricing will be after this offer expires and will update this piece once we hear from Google. For new subscribers Google offers a 30-day free trial, after which you start paying.
On the other hand, Apple Music’s most affordable plan is for students only – it costs Rs. 60 per month. For others, the price is Rs. 120 per month. However, if you’ve never used Apple Music before, you get a free trial for 3 months. Apple also offers a family subscription plan for just Rs. 190 per month and this can be used by up to six people.
Google Play Music offers a family subscription plan in the US but at this point it’s unclear if that will make its way to India. In the US, also offers a complimentary YouTube Red subscription that lets you watch YouTube without ads along with some original shows. However, YouTube Red is not available in India and we don’t know whether Google will offer that service in the country anytime soon. We’ve reached out to Google for comment on both these things as well, and will update this article once Google responds.
As of now, Apple Music definitely offers a better deal for students. Alternatively, you could sign up for the family plan on Apple Music and split the cost between a few people. If these aren’t an option, you should get Google Play Music as soon as possible to be on the Rs. 89 subscription tier.