Back in September at the Google event where we saw the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X for the first time, Google teased that Google Play Music for families would be coming soon to the streaming music service. Since then, thanks have been a bit quiet on the offering but that ended earlier today. On the Official Android Blog, the company outlined that the service will be available “in the coming days”.
You and your family will be able to sign up for a Google Play Music family plan in the coming days on Android devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France and Germany, with more countries coming soon. You and your family members can listen on Android, iOS and the web.
If you are a family with lots of music lovers, this will be a great plan at only $14.99 per month for unlimited streaming and downloading for up to 6 members of your household. Keep in mind that a single subscription is $9.99 per month so basically for $5 you getting 5 additional accounts.
Google Play Music for Families Also Gives You YouTube Red
Because the service is based on the unlimited account model, family subscribers will also have access to YouTube Red, the ad-free version of YouTube. That also is $9.99 per month but will be free, like it is for individual
subscribers, to family subscribers.
Like the iTunes Family service from Apple, the Google Play Music service will require that you have all of your accounts tied to one credit card and there are permission settings for your youngsters on what they can and cannot purchase. As an account holder you will also be able get notification of any purchase requests and can approve them.
There is no indication of when “in the coming days” is exactly but generally speaking when Google makes an announcement like this, you can expect to see it in the next few days. I would also expect that we will see an update to the Google Play Music app for Android and iOS too.