Before you get too excited about this, I should warn you that it’s US-only—at least for the moment.
Google has responded to the coming threat of Apple Music with a new streaming product of their own. The difference? Where Apple’s 24-hour, DJ-curated radio station will be but a single component of their $9.99 USD/month offering, Google is providing a selection of themed Internet radio stations for free (with ads) today.
At launch, those stations are as follows:
- Brand New Music
- Working Out
- Boosting Your Energy
- Having Friends Over
- Having Fun at Work
- Entering Beast Mode
- Waking Up Happy
They’re all available on the web right now, with support for Android and iOS devices rolling out this week. And here’s the YouTube pitch:
I myself would prefer to have my Internet radio stations organized by genre, as opposed to some mathematical expression of volume, beats-per-minute and whatever else; I guess I’m old school that way. 🙄