Google Play MusicEditor: Phil Nickinson
An excellent way to buy, borrow and listen to music on Android or the Web
Google was late to the music party. That's hardly a secret, of course. Apple's iTunes was released in early 2001. It would be nearly 10 years later before Google would announce its own music service at Google I/O — and even then it was just a preview during a keynote. It wasn't until the following year when we got Google Play Music as we know it today — an online locker for 20,000 of your own songs, and a store to purchase and play tens of thousands more.
A year later, in October 2012, Google rolled out a match feature that would scan your music but save you the requirement of uploading. And a year after that, in May 2013, we got Google Play Music All Access, a $9.99 monthly service that lets you listen to anything in Google's catalog.
Today, Google Play Music is a simple way to listen to music on your Android device, as well as in a Flash-enabled web browser. You also can stream to a Chromecast device.