Posted 05/31/2013 at 10:15 AM
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Earlier this month at the I/O conference, Google launched its new music streaming service, Google Play All Access. Yesterday, the search giant confirmed that the app would soon make its way over to iOS.
Speaking at the AllThingsD D11 conference in Rancho Palos, California, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, Sundar Pichai made the announcement, confirming that Apple users should have access to the service within the next two weeks.
“In Google’s DNA, we wanted to be universally accessible,” Pichai said to AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg. “The goal with search was to make it work for everyone in the world, and I think that philosophy extends today.”
“We brought Google Now to iOS. A couple weeks from now we will launch Google Play Music All Access for iOS, the teams are working like crazy to do it.”
Pichai didn’t give any firm details on release date, but the confirmation of the All Access release does indicate that Google is confident of getting the service through the App Store review process.
Currently only available in the U.S., the service will compete with the likes of Xbox Music, Pandora and Spotify, all of which have solid fan bases on iOS. The “radio without rules” costs $9.99 per month to use, but incentives are offered to anyone that signs up before June 30 in the form of a 30-day free trial and a $2 per month discount.
Google has been successful with apps on iOS in the past by providing a better service than was already available (i.e. Maps and Google Now). It remains to be seen whether All Access will flourish in the same way without the backing of loyal Android fans.