Google has announced the launch of an ad-supported version of its Google Play Music service in the United States – a week before the launch of Apple Music.
This free music streaming service will give users a new way to find music, and artists another way to earn revenue, said Google.
The free service will feature curated “radio stations” which Google said are put together by a team of music experts, including the people who created Songza.
These stations are based on genre, mood, decade, or activity. You will also be able to search for artists, albums, or songs to create stations that feature similar music.
Media reports about the launch say that much like similar free music streaming services, Google’s will only allow for limited track skipping and will not allow offline playback.
The free version of Google Play Music is available in the United States immediately, with no details yet about whether it will launch in other territories.