Created By Joe
Google Play Music matched up with it's All Access Service gives you access to almost any and all music that you could possibly want. All in HQ sample rates, if you want.
When I first downloaded this app I was grandfathered into the Verizon unlimited data package and streamed music that I own from the Google Play Cloud Service. Soon after, I upgraded my phone to the Galaxy S3 and lost my unlimited data. I promptly put my streaming to an end and started saving limited amounts of music to my phone's internal memory.
Now enter Google Play All Access. With this app update/feature I could subscribe for $7.99 a month ($9.99 starting in July) to unlimited access to thousands of albums and artists.
Discoverying Yourself.... Musically
All Access also gives you the ability to create radio stations based off of an album, song, or band that you like. For instance, I could search for System of a Down and ask for it to create a radio station that consists of similar artists/music.
In the picture to the right, I decided to download Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle album to my device. To do so, simply touch the options button that is below the album art and choose "Keep on device." The thumb tack picture will turn orange once the album is completely downloaded.
To the left is a look at how much data usage Google Play Music has been using this billing period. As you can see, it has used 393MB of data so far. This equates to around 80 minutes of streaming audio over cellular data using the "normal quality" setting. Where the data plateaus is where I started to keep the albums I was listening to local to the device.
Without the "keep on device" option or the streaming quality options, you could really go over your data limit quickly. I'm truly grateful that Google thought to put these options into their app.
Available Almost Everywhere
It is not currently available on Apple's App Store but it has been confirmed by Google to be on the road map. Its rumored to launch in the coming weeks. (Source)
The Bottom Line
If you already subscribe to All Access, please let me know your opinions in the comments. Aren't a current subscriber? Google is currently allowing for a free month when signing up. Give it a try and let me know what you thought of it in the comments.