Google Play Music family plan goes live with YouTube Red, YouTube Music access for $15

At its Nexus event in San Francisco last September, Google announced a new family plan for its Google Play Music service. The new service, in many ways similar to Apple Music’s family plan, will support up to 6 devices for $15, and will go live this week. As a bonus, the plan will also grant subscribers free access to the YouTube Red subscription service as well as YouTube’s recently-launched YouTube music app.

The presentation announcing the new plan was a bit awkward, but the anecdote rings true for families everywhere. When one music account is shared with others, there are bound to be problems. For instance, Spotify users with kids have no doubt been in the middle of enjoying their music when it is suddenly clipped off as one of their children hijacks the stream. And Spotfiy’s Discover feature is useless if more than one person listens on the account, as tastes in music are bound to be disparate between adults and their kids. No doubt, plenty of Google Play Music listeners have struggled with the same problem. But while Spotify users will have to continue to put up a bunch of cash or shut up about their woes ( at least for now), Google Play Music listeners now have a simple, inexpensive solution.

Like Apple Music’s family plan, Google Play Music’s new family solution not only allows multiple music streams at once, but enables individual profiles and playlists, and, therefore, individualized content discovery. Access to YouTube Red, which provides ad-free videos and access to exclusive YouTube content, and YouTube music, an all-music streaming service, is also bundled into the deal.

The plan comes for a flat fee of $15. Spotify, on the other hand, currently offers just 50 percent off each additional premium subscription added on top of a single, full-price subscription, though Spotify has indicated in the past that a family plan was in the works. Perhaps with new competition from Google, the world’s most popular streaming service will hasten a family plan rollout.

Article Update 12-9-2015 by Caleb Denison: Article updated to include service launch announcement and addition of YouTube Red and YouTube music to the $15 Google Play Music family plan. 

Home Theater

Google offers a week of free credit after YouTube TV outage, but not for long

Earlier this month, YouTube TV went down for users all around the world, and to make up for it, Google is offering affected users a week of free service. But if you want to grab the credit, you need to act quickly.

The best new music this week: Jason Isbell, Cloud Nothings, and more

Are you looking for the best new music? Each week, we scour the internet to find the most compelling new releases. On tap this week: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cloud Nothings, Esperanza Spalding, Greta Van Fleet, and Will Oldham.

With Spotify for WearOS, you no longer need your phone to stream music

A Spotify app will soon be available for download on Wear OS smartwatches. Whether you're working out or lounging at home, you'll soon be able to access and control your music straight from your wrist.
Social Media

YouTube is back after crashing for users around the world

It's rare to see YouTube suffer serious issues, but the site went down around the world for a period of time on October 16. It's back now, and we can confirm it's loading normally on desktop and mobile.

Spotify vs. Pandora: Which music streaming service is better for you?

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.

From 'E.T." to 'Lord of the Rings,' these are the best movie soundtracks ever

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled popular music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.

Amy Winehouse is coming back as a ‘hologram’ for a 2019 world tour

Amy Winehouse is set for a holographic return to the stage in 2019 in a global tour featuring her greatest hits, though how fans of the late singer feel about the "comeback" is another question entirely.

Jam out in style with the 25 best playlists on Spotify

Music is the world's most potent drug, and the best playlists on Spotify will make you catch feelings. We've scoured the service for its top collections, and brought them together in one place -- for you.

How to convert and play FLAC music files on your iPhone or iPad

The high-resolution revolution is upon us, and FLAC files are a popular way to store hi-res sound. But what if you’re an iOS user? Check out our article to find out more about FLAC files, and how to use them on Apple devices.
Home Theater

Make your vinyl collection really shine with one of the best phono preamps

Whether you're looking for a quick fix to set up your first turntable or a long-term audio upgrade for higher-quality sound, here are the best phono preamps you can buy that won't empty out your wallet.
Home Theater

The best MP3 players of 2018

Want to go for a run, but your phone is weighing you down? No worries. Can't fit your whole music library on your smartphone? Don't sweat it. Check out our list of the best MP3 players, and find one that works for you.

Winamp eyes big comeback in 2019 with podcast, streaming support

Classic audio player Winamp is getting a major overhaul in 2019 that's designed to bring it up-to-date and make it competitive with the likes of Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Audible, and more, all in one go.

How much is Spotify Premium, and how can you get it at a discount?

Having access to millions of songs comes at a price -- albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much is Spotify Premium going to cost you, you will want to see if you qualify for a discounted (or even free) subscription.
Home Theater

Keep those albums sounding great by converting your vinyl to a digital format

There are all sorts of reasons for ripping records and storing them digitally, but what's the best way to do it? We cover the different types of equipment and software available for ripping records at any price in this guide.