Google has quietly launched its Play Music Store in India. It’s been a long wait, especially considering other countries have had this service since 2011. In India, the Play Music Store will compete against the likes of Apple Music, Wynk, Gaana and Saavn among others, which too let users purchase and download music from the respective stores. However, right now the service has some limitations. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to officeAlso Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
When you open the Google Play Store on your Android device, swipe right to open the side panel and you will now see the ‘Music’ option listed between Movies and Books. Alternatively, on the Play Music app, swipe to the right and select the Shop button. The Music store, as the name suggests, lets you purchase individual songs or albums, and then listen to them on the Play Music app. The Music Store lists songs under broad categories like ‘Top Songs’, ‘Top Albums’ and ‘New Releases’. Songs are listed under various categories like Best of Bollywood, Indian Pop Hits, International Music Indian Classical, and regional playlists in languages like Telugu and Tamil among others. The Store gives you a quick preview of each song before you can purchase them using the payment credentials associated with the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can also buy Google Play cards and redeem them on the Music Store to buy songs. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
If we were to compare the prices, the songs listed on the Play Music Store are almost on par with their Apple Music counterparts. For example, new songs like Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s Bulleya or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil are priced at Rs 15. The same songs on Apple Music are priced at Rs 15 as well. As for international music, songs on Ed Sheeran’s + album are priced the same as well.
At the moment, Google has only launched the Play Music Store that lets you purchase a song and play them on the app. You can also choose to download a song to your phone from the app itself. There are however quite a few features missing like Play Music All Access, which is not available in India. The service essentially lets users stream unlimited music for a monthly fee of $9.99 (Rs 660 approximately). In comparison, Apple Music charges users Rs 120 per month, while Saavn prices start from Rs 99 per month on Android and Rs 120 per month on iOS. Gaana, on the other hand, charges Rs 297 for three months, which is around Rs 95 per month. If Google does introduce the streaming service in India, it will have a huge advantage over its rivals as the Play Music Store is preloaded on all Android devices out-of-the-box.
Like its rivals, Google also has a radio service of its own, but at the time of filing this story the feature seems missing in India. Another feature missing at the moment is the ability to upload your own tracks and then play them on the app. Google let’s you save around 500,000 songs for free and you can upload tracks from folders, Windows Media Player and iTunes as well.