Is Google Play Music Finally Coming to India?

Is Google Play Music Finally Coming to India?
  • Individual songs listed at Rs. 15 each; entire album listed for Rs. 95
  • App will compete against iTunes and local competitors like Saavn and Hungama
  • YouTube Red might be making its way to India as well

It seems likely that Google might finally be bringing Play Music to India as several Reddit users have been able to play selected songs from app's catalogue via its web version, which was earlier inaccessible for users in the country. The screenshots also show the prices written in INR (Indian Rupee).

The pricing of the songs in the catalogue seems reasonable at Rs. 15 per song and Rs. 95 for an entire album. However, the prices are higher compared to Apple music which provides each song at just Rs. 7 and entire album for Rs. 70 in some cases, though there's plenty of variation depending upon the content.

In Indian market, where cost-competitiveness is the key, it would be crucial to see how the app fares against local competitors like Saavn and Hungama that have already gained a stronghold.

There are also rumours suggesting that YouTube Red, which allows you to watch YouTube ad-free, save videos offline, and play videos in the background, might be coming to India as there are notifications sent out to some users regarding the app.

The company rolled out a free subscription offer on its select services on Monday in the US as part of its July 4 celebrations and is giving away four months of free subscription to its new Google Play Music and YouTube Red subscribers.

In US, the subscription for Play Music All Access costs $9.99 (approximately Rs. 670) per month to its users and gives the user admission to the full music library as well as the newly launched YouTube Red service. The subscription fee for Play Music All Access India remains to be seen.

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