Google Play Music adds Aussie family sharing

Alex Kidman 10 December 2015 NEWS


Google Play Music has extended its offerings to include a family sharing plan. Here’s what you need to know.

Many streaming services offer a multi-user plan tier, usually referred to as a "family" plan, although none of them actually check if everyone using a plan is actually related in any way at all. Google Play Music is the latest to start offering a family plan, supplanting its existing single user $11.99 monthly plan with a $17.99 Family Plan option.

Your additional $6 per month buys you a five-user plan with individual playlists and suggestions for each nominated user, so you’re not stuck with suggestions based on your kid’s love of pop or, for that matter, your father’s love of classical music per se.

So how does Google Play Music compare to other popular music streaming services if you’ve got multiple music junkies in the house?

Google Play Music’s approach is essentially identical to Apple Music’s family plan, right down to the pricing. Either service gives you five additional streaming accounts for a "family" total of six simultaneous streams and music suggestion listings.

Spotify’s approach is markedly different, because it instead offers Spotify Family, which reduces the cost by half for each additional family member. So how do they compare?

Streaming service family plans
Service Family Plan Cost Number of listeners Available tracks Track bitrate
Google Play Music $17.99 6 ~20,000,000 320kbps
Apple Music $17.99 6 ~30,000,000 256kbps
Spotify Family $18 (2 users), $24 (3 users), $30 (4 users) $36 (5 users) 2 to 5 ~30,000,000 320kbps

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