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Unlimited free music … with a catch

Unlimited free music … with a catch
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The online music world is seeing a lot of action at the moment. Apple is unleashing its Apple Music streaming service next week with a massive three-month free trial. Following the free trial period, Apple Music will cost you $9.99 a month. For your $10, you'll get full access to the Apple song library, offline listening, curated radio stations and more. Although, whether or not you'll get Taylor Swift's music is still up in the air.

Apparently, that has Google, with its $9.99 a month Google Play Music streaming service, a little worried. So it's decided to attract new users with a free version, but there is a catch.

Naturally with Google involved, that catch is you have to listen to ads. That's similar to the way Pandora and other free streaming services work.

Like Pandora, the free version of Google Play Music limits you to curated channels based on artists, genres, activity or time of day. So, you can't pick exactly what you want to listen to, however Google is confident it can create a soundtrack that fits perfectly with your life.

On the other hand, unlike other services, the free Google Play Music lets you upload 50,000 music tracks to Google's servers and have them show up in your streams. That's great if you listen to music that isn't included in Google's default library.

Does the free version of Google Play Music sound like something you'd try out? Let me know in the comments.

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