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  • Grifous91 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    I might be interested if you know, this was available in Canada. But considering how the original Play Music still isn't here yet, I'm not holding my breath. Reply
  • Razor 116 - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    Use a VPN once and it will work. I used a VPN when Google Play Music was not available in the UK and I have been given the option for the trial of "All Access" with the option to subscribe at the reduced rate. Reply
  • davegravy - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    Apparently you now need a US credit card to get into Google Music (except for grandfathered accounts). Presumably this same requirement will apply to All Access Reply
  • Friendly0Fire - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    So Pandora's not available in Canada, Spotify isn't either, and now All Access isn't either. I know we're the retarded neighbor of the US and all, but to me all those services are shit until they actually support more than a handful of countries. Reply
  • Penti - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    While Spotify which was develop here and is available in Sweden both Google Music and Books are not available here, neither is Pandora. Pandora's site seams to say it's only available in US, Australia and New Zealand. No Google Movies & TV or Play Magazines. iTunes doesn't really have any movie content available here and TV-shows is still not available, and has no market for them either, they have the store for music but not iTunes Match which is available to Zimbabwe but not Sweden. While Netflix is available here it's content offer aren't of that many titles, maybe sub 10k. No Hulu, and for the longest times competing services has tried to sell their services to customers even though they topped out at 3000 to 4000 titles. HBO is really the only service where you could actually follow a TV-show as it broadcasts. If it's not something done by the Swedish public broadcaster because they have streamed there own content for ages and nowadays even streams it internationally when they have the rights to do so. Not long ago mainly music/score rights hindered them from streaming even their own shows to say swedes residing in a neighboring country.

    Basically the rights situation still sucks, and you have to have the right agreements with all kinds of copyright collectives, you can't just go to the content creator, even though we are suppose to have a common market for everything in the EU every country handles licensing of music themselves and slightly differently which does block services from being available in multiple countries without agreements in each state. Though we don't really have any working ebook market in Sweden, because of more control at the writers disposal of their own works stuff like Amazons kindle book store is available with almost 2 million titles. Though in English only. People are quite happy to pay if they get a working service and a large catalog. Using stuff like Silverlight to stream (DRM plus none-accelerated VC-1) isn't really helping them though as it's often showing tearing even on a modern Ivy Bridge machine.
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  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    Petition your government to surrender and send a formal request to become the 51st state of the US of A.

    Our government will then receive, file, and process your request. In about 100 years, we'll have considered your request and send it on to the exploratory committees in Congress that will investigate and debate the best ways to proceed with your request.

    In about 200 years, I imagine the exploratory meetings will be concluded. By then, the Rakrak alien race that has slowly consumed all our minds with the Pink Sludge we've become addicted to will decide that Canadians truly deserve to become one with the Hive Mind. The Rakrak will have order the President and Congress to grant Canada's request.

    Little do they know, the Rakrak will also be sending Pink Slime up as their welcoming gift to all Canadians.

    Fortunately, we'll all be well dead by then.
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  • boydo - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    Apparently these guys are part of the problem. There is problably a lot of greed on both sides of the equation. Result: Canadians don't get the music services they want.

    http://www.resound.ca/en/index.htm
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  • Penti - Friday, May 24, 2013 - link

    Licensing collectives everywhere is a problem, for example game content or book authors sit on their own or has agreement to use the work and can sell it on even to multiple publishers in the same country and ebooks has no geographical barrier at all to speak off. Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    It would be nice if someone could do a quality test on the streaming services.
    I don't have any way to test except my ears and I find Spotify to be of much better quality than Rdio or Pandora. At least when streaming from an iPad through Apple TV through stereo system.
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  • IVIauricius - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    I literally just cancelled Spotify and signed up for All Access. I wonder if early adapters will forever be charged $7.99 or if it's only for the first month. Also, if the upload limit is increased. Not that I'll ever have over 25,000 owned songs. Spotify constantly hangs when streaming on my desktop, which is crazy. I've got All Access on radio mode and haven't skipped a beat. I'm also on T-mobile 4G LTE with unlimited data here in Dallas. :) So I've got the quality to high, rather than normal. So far so good, but I'm dreading having to create new playlists and starring my music all over again. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    It's forever at that discounted rate until you cancel. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    If you have songs in iTunes inside playlists or in Windows Media Player you can use the Music Manager application on your PC to upload those tracks and create the playlists automatically. Reply
  • tocket - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    So... Why is it called "All Access" when it can't be accessed from 195 of the 196 countries in the world? Reply
  • Bob Todd - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    I assumed it was because if you happen to be in that one country, you can access it from all of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.). The "all access" branding is used by other services in the US with the same meaning (e.g. http://www.siriusxm.com/siriusallaccess). Speaking of satellite radio, I have no idea how they are going to keep charging ridiculous rates for abysmal sound quality with so many good streaming options cropping up. The stations I listened to while I had a free trial in my car sounded like a 48kbps mp3 being played through a mono Bluetooth speaker sitting in a bathtub.

    And people really need to get over services from any company not launching globally on day one. It's not like they sign one agreement and the whole world is magically covered. You have to deal with both regional and country specific realities when you are rolling out services like this (or Kindle or anything else).
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  • Friendly0Fire - Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - link

    It's not about "day one". The exceedingly large majority of music and film services are heavily restricted. As someone located an hour or two from the US border, it's really pissing me off that I can't get convenient music and movie access. Heck, even buying music is complicated. Netflix Canada sucks so bad. Amazon doesn't distribute MP3s to Canada. Hulu doesn't work. Pandora doesn't work. Spotify doesn't work. I could go on.

    And then the RIAA and co. wonder why people turn to piracy. Well derp.
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  • smitty123 - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    ok so, let me get this straight, does this 10$ a month get me any song any artist and i don't have to buy them?

    or do i pay 10$ a month for the luxury of streaming my music, that i also have to buy and stream only on my computer ?

    What's the point ?

    i think i'd rather buy individual mp3's once and listen to them anytime anywhere i want.
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  • cmdrdredd - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    You never have to buy. You can pick a song by any artist in the catalog (which is very big and always expanding) and you can play it. Wanna play the whole CD? No problem...you can even shuffle it. Wanna start a radio station that has music that is similar to a specific artist no problem. The bonus is you can see what music is in the queue and you can selectively move and delete individual tracks before they play. Pandora only lets you skip the song once it plays and you never know what will play. With this you can see what's coming up and thumbs down it if it doesn't match before it even gets there. You can also upload 20,000 of your own music from your PC to their server and stream that from any device anywhere. It will also integrate iTunes or Windows Media Player playlists to your library for you. Then you can find new music that you don't own and add it to a playlist. For example, nobody streams AC/DC so I uploaded the entire catalog from my own MP3s. Then I made a playlist called "Hard Rock" and added some of my favorite AC/DC tracks, then I searched for Van Halen which I only own a few CDs from and searched their catalog and added it to my custom playlist. So I have some of my own music and some of theirs in a single play list. It's pretty cool. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    Oh and if you want to buy and own it to make a CD or download it to your PC or phone or something you can. You just don't really have to. It also syncs through your google account so your Google TV, Android Tablet, Android Phone, PC can all stream your playlists. You can also download your library to a new device(the music you own and have uploaded). Reply
  • ct760ster - Thursday, May 16, 2013 - link

    Nuff say spam :( Reply
  • tayb - Friday, May 17, 2013 - link

    Very leery of Google Play. I tried it during the beta a few years ago and was thoroughly disappointed. Slow, buggy, and hard to use and even worse on my Droid X. I gave it up after a few weeks. $8/month for unlimited music sounds pretty good but they need an iOS device or it's a no-go for me. Reply
  • cmdrdredd - Saturday, May 18, 2013 - link

    So you are taking a beta from "a few years ago" to be indicative of the final finished product after "a few years" of development and refining? Right...
    You probably think they haven't updated at all since then too. As for iOS support, why? It is in Google's interest to get people to use Android. I do understand there's money to be made from iOS users but who's to say Apple would even approve this when it would directly compete with iTunes which makes you buy each song? Apple would not likely give up that gravy train for all the people who are stuck with only iOS devices.
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  • Lone Ranger - Monday, May 20, 2013 - link

    I tried it for a few hours with my phone and thought it was pretty good... until I looked at the data usage. I used as much data in one day with All Access as I use in about 2 weeks using Pandora. I hope they can fix this. Let me choose from a few different bit rates, with one being on the lower end. I'm using ear buds. I'm not concerned about the quality. When I play back from home using my home internet and through a higher fidelity system, then I'll want a high bit rate playback. Reply

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