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Google Play Music family plans going live this week

Google has announced it is rolling out Google Play Music family plans in multiple countries – including the UK – in the next few days.

The family tier, which allows up to six users on a single $14.99 a month subscription, was first announced back in September alongside the new Nexus 5X and 6P devices.

In a post on the Android blog, Google announced the plan will offer unlimited, ad-free access to 35-million songs with all family members able to listen simultaneously.

Listening habits won’t be cross referenced, so there’ll be no interference with recommendations by having multiple members on the same account.

Meanwhile, for families in the US, everyone will also gain access to the new YouTube Red initiative, which offers ad-free video and audio playback app-wide, as well as the ability to store video for offline playback.

We’re waiting for confirmation of the UK price point, but we’d expect it to be £14.99, in line with the £9.99 a month single user price.

The release matches Apple’s 6-people/£14.99 family plan, while Spotify only allows two additional family members for £14.99, with each additional users priced at £5 a month.

See also: Why YouTube Red should worry Spotify more than Netflix

Play Music family plans will be available in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France and Germany this week with other countries to follow soon.

Unfortunately there’s no word on when YouTube Red will expand beyond the US.

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