In Google’s Play Music family plan, once bought by a family member, each individual of the family will be able to purchase apps, games, movies, TV shows, eBooks, and magazine issues.
Google Play Music family plan costs $14.99 per month and allows up to six family members to connect and stream music. When subscribed, all members of the plan get access to Google’s 35 million+ song collection, ad-free streaming of radio, and simultaneous playback from multiple users.
As an added bonus, the family plan also includes access to YouTube Red, which is Google’s ad-free YouTube experience.
Considering Google Play Music ordinarily costs $10 per month, this is indeed a great deal.
Google announced family plans for Play Music (and YouTube Red) back in September.
How the Family Plan Works
The family manager who creates your family on Google Play is the only person who can subscribe to the family music plan, changes the payment method, or cancel the family’s subscription.
When you have the family music plan, everyone in your family group gets a Google Play Music subscription and can:
- Stream music at the same time
- Use Google Play Music on up to 10 devices each
Members of the family group can make purchases on Google Play using the family payment method without each other’s approval. The family manager will get an email notification each time a family member makes a purchase with the family payment method.
“When you set up a family group on Google Play, you add a family payment method. If you’re the family manager, you’re responsible for all purchases your family makes using the family payment method,”
There are some restrictions to the shared payment method. To begin with, it cannot be used to buy devices, make purchases with Android Pay, or refill an individual family member’s Play Store balance. There is also a special exception for In-App Purchases, which default to requiring authorization from the family manager, but individual family members can be given carte blanche.
The service is available on Android devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France and Germany, with more countries coming soon.