Back in May, Sundar Pichair said Google was working really hard on bringing Play Music All Access to iOS devices and that it would be available “in a few weeks”. It’s been over 4 months and we’ve had nothing… up until now.
A new report by Engadget claims the service will be coming at the end of the month in the form of an app. Google Play Music will enable users to listen to their music libraries in the cloud (up to 20,000 songs) as well as gain access to Google’s latest subscription service, Play Music All Access.
Apparently, Google is testing the app internally before the official release. Why the delay? It might have to do with the inability to use Flash technology on iOS to carry out copyright restrictions, something that Google has managed to accomplish.
Here’s Engadget‘s account of the situation:
Sources aware of Google’s plans have let slip to Engadget that not only is the company currently testing a native Google Music iOS app internally, but that it’ll launch later this month. We’re told that while employees have been invited to test the app, Google still needs to fix a few bugs before it’s ready for release… The company had previously closed the door on iOS users because Flash was needed to enforce DRM restrictions set by music labels. Now, Google appears to have overcome that issue and is nearly ready to launch.
Google Play Music All Access is set to compete with Spotify and Rdio. An iOS expansion will definitely help Google in establishing itself as a threat.