Music streaming is big business these days, increasingly so in mobile, as evidenced by the recent arrival of iTunes Radio for iOS users. Well, in the US, at least.
Over in Android land, they have Google Music (Google Play Music All Access to use the terrible full name), but we’re hearing that it might arrive on the Apple App Store this very month.
That’s the story according to Engadget, which gives credit to “Sources aware of Google's plans” who accidentally “let slip”.
The sources say that Google is testing a Google Music app for iOS internally, though there are still a number of creases to iron out before it’s submitted for approval.
All going well, however, we could see Google Music for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in time for Halloween, complete with custom radio and smart recommendations.
The Google Play Music All Access service hit the UK in early August, so presumably the news applies to UK iDevice users too – not just those in the US.
If that’s the case, Google will get a leg up on Apple, though – perhaps crucially – Google Music doesn’t have a free option (it’s £9.99 per month). iTunes Radio, on the other hand, does have a free option fuelled by ads.
Would you consider a £9.99 monthly subscription for Google Music on your iPhone or iPad (or iPod touch)? Or are you happy to wait for iTunes Radio? Or heck, maybe you don’t care either way.