Google has just announced that Play Music will now offer a free, ad-supported version of the service to users who don’t want to pay $9.99/month.
Google Play music is finally being competitive with the other music streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, etc. However, unlike the paid version, the free version launched today won’t let users choose their own songs to play on-demand. Instead users will have the option to choose from pre-curated playlists, similar to Pandora or iTunes Radio.
Users that use the free version of Google Play Music can always upgrade to get rid of the ads and curated music.
Users on both the free and paid tiers will now have access to remotely store and play up to 50,000 songs in their own collection for free.