Google Play Music All Access Is the Goofiest-Sounding Spotify Competitor Ever
Android's original reason for existence was to keep people inside the Google ecosystem, which turned out to be both less remunerative than anybody thought and weirdly short-sighted: Its open-source roots mean that its most successful players -- Amazon, Samsung, most recently Facebook -- would rather just build their own ecosystems, instead.
Which leaves Google with a weird realization and a business model that's totally flipped from what made them Google -- on phones, being able to collect a ton of data about everybody and serve them ads isn't enough. On your computer, Google gives you a bunch of free apps that are better than the ones you could pay for; they're the default choice.
On phones -- even on their own phones -- they have to woo you away from Apple or Amazon or Samsung or whoever else you've deposited all your stuff with. And now, in the case of Google Play Music All Access, whose name I almost have memorized, they're going premium.
Will you pay $9.99 a month to listen to music on your Galaxy S? Are you paying anybody $9.99 right now?