by Brent Dirks
May 30, 2013
It’s not exactly a surprise, but Google’s Sundar Pichai has confirmed that an official app for Google Play Music All Access will be coming to iOS soon. In an interview with Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD at the D11 conference in California, the senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and apps, discussed Google’s cross-platform strategy:
Walt: You do these cross-platform things. Apple ports nothing over to you — though Tim Cook did say the other night that he wouldn’t rule out writing an Android app, which I’d never heard. Pichai: They did write iTunes for Windows. In Google’s DNA, we wanted to be universally accessible. The goal with search was to make it work for everyone in the world, and I think that philosophy extends today. We brought Google Now to iOS. A couple weeks from now we will launch Google Play Music All Access for iOS, the teams are working like crazy to do it. We care about reaching users all over the world, including the five billion users who don’t have smartphones today. It’s a difference in approaches.The streaming music service was announced earlier this month at the Google I/O conference. Much like competing services, including Spotify and Rdio, Google Play Music All Access offers unlimited song streaming for a monthly fee. While iOS users can access the service now by downloading gMusic, I suspect Google’s official app will be a superior way to stream music. If you’re interested in seeing all of the streaming music options, our own Bryan M. Wolfe did a great roundup last month. See what service came out on top.