Get Google Play Mu­sic for free

You don’t have to pay to ben­e­fit from Google Play Mu­sic. ASH­LEIGH MACRO ex­plains how

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Google’s an­swer to Spo­tify is called Google Play Mu­sic, a mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice that costs £9.99 per month and gives you un­lim­ited ac­cess to mil­lions of songs. You can get Google Play Mu­sic for free, though. Here we show you how.

Get the Google Play Mu­sic free trial

The best way to get Google Play Mu­sic for free is by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the 30-day trial. It is com­pletely ad-free and you’ll have ac­cess to the en­tire li­brary with un­lim­ited skips.

You can sign up for the trial by at, but be sure to can­cel be­fore you’re charged. You can can­cel the sub­scrip­tion right away and con­tinue us­ing your 30 day trial con­fi­dent that you won’t have to pay the £9.99 at the end of it.

Get the free ver­sion of Google Play Mu­sic

For a truly free ver­sion of Google Play Mu­sic, you can go to the same sign-up page on which you’ll find ac­cess to the free trial ( but in­stead of click­ing sub­scribe you need to click ‘No Thanks’.

You’ll still need to add a card or PayPal ac­count, but as long as you don’t buy any mu­sic from the Play store you won’t be charged.

There’s a ma­jor catch here, though. Un­like the likes of Spo­tify and Deezer, Google’s free ver­sion is not at all like it’s paid for ver­sion. You won’t get ac­cess to the stream­ing li­brary at all (with Spo­tify and Deezer you get ads, a set num­ber of skips and other lim­ited fea­tures with the free ver­sion but oth­er­wise ac­cess to the same ser­vice).

In­stead, you’ll be able to up­load up to 50,000 of your own songs to Google Play Mu­sic that you’ll be able to lis­ten to across all of your de­vices in­clud­ing iOS. These can be MP3 files you’ve pur­chased from any­where. You’ll also get rec­om­men­da­tions based on your tastes.

While still a very use­ful ser­vice, it’s prob­a­bly not quite what you were ex­pect­ing from a free ver­sion of Google Play Mu­sic (it sur­prised us, too). If a free mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice is what you’re af­ter, you won’t find that from Google. In­stead you’ll need to look to Spo­tify ( or Deezer ( fave. co/2CMqcpT).


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