Google has today announced that their long awaited Google Play Music Family Plans, which gives 6 users access to unlimited Google Play Music for one low fee, will go live in six countries over the next few days – including Australia.
Users in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and of course Australia will begin getting access to the service ‘in the coming days’, though our testing this morning shows that some users are able to begin signing up for the offer today.
The price for the US starts at US$14.99 per month, while in Australia you can get up to 6 people on the plan for just $17.99 per month, not a bad saving – though US residents also get YouTube Red, the unlimited, ad-free YouTube service that Google launched last month.
What does a Google Play Music Family plan offer?
You’ll unlock all of the same features you’d get from having individual subscriptions, including ad free, unlimited access to more than 35 million songs and the ability for each family member to stream simultaneously on any device, all for one low price. Now, you can keep your listening experiences separate from your partner and get music recommendations tailored to the music you like. So, my husband’s Depeche Mode singles will never show up in my account – only my true favorites will be front and center.
If you’re able to set it up, there’s two ways to get the offer, one if you aren’t currently subscribed to an individual subscription you’ll be offered the choice of individual or family – or if you are signed up, in Settings in the Google Play Music app, once you hit ‘Refresh’ you’ll then see an option to re-subscribe using the family plan.
Once you decide to partake, it’s fairly simple to setup, you setup yourself as Family Plan Manager including which accounts you include as family, add in your payment details and you’re good to go.
We’re getting mixed results on accessing the Family Plan setup here at this stage, but if it’s there, give it a go.