Google in talks with Verizon for “All Access” music bundle for mobile subscribers

by: David GonzalesAugust 6, 2013

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Google partnered with Starbucks a little over a month ago to promote its All Access music service through an interesting new promo. Starbucks customers were given the ability to stream unlimited songs, radio, and more on top of the free in-store Wi-Fi connection as part of this said partnership. A lot of people view it as a big win for both coffee and music aficionados — in the U.S., at least.

Now, it seems that Verizon might soon be named as the next partner for the promotion of Google’s robust new music service, based on a report that first appeared a few days ago on the Billboard Biz web site. The report cites a number of unnamed executives who are said to be “knowledgeable with the [partnership] discussions.”

Google has yet to partner with any one carrier in the U.S. for its All Access music service, which has already been out for a few months now. If the above report is true, then Verizon could be sitting on a huge opportunity to ride the tide of Google’s exciting — and relatively affordable — new music streaming service, which could help it retain many of its current mobile subscribers while attracting a whole bunch of new ones.

It is said that the partnership’s terms have not yet been finalized. In fact, the report goes so far as to say that it could “fall apart at any time.” With potentially millions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of users on the line, this should come as no surprise.

But whether or not you’re a Verizon subscriber, if you’re in the U.S., then this is definitely something worth looking forward to. If this deal ever does go through, it’s guaranteed to benefit not only Google and Verizon but also all of the prospective users as well.

  • rav5479

    Verizon needs to open up its cdma network then so we can all buy the next nexus off contract for $300 and still keep our unlimited data. Come on Verizon, you know you got rid of the majority of contracts out there that had the unlimited data. There are just a few of us left that paid enough attention to the details to keep the unlimited.

    • Trent Richards

      I paid full attention to the details and still switched. I prefer the mobile share plan since I can use mobile hotspot for my tablets and my wife and I never use over 4GB per month. I am sure that some people do use well over 4GB, but my point is that those of us that switched from the unlimited plan aren’t all “suckers” that just weren’t paying attention. It actually saved us a few bucks a month.

      • rav5479

        I do apologize if it came off as I was calling you a “sucker”, was not my intent at all. I guess what I was trying to say was that I read into the details and bought a phone off contract just to keep my unlimited. It’s clearly not as important to you but for me once voip takes off, which won’t be for at least another year, the carriers will have everyone on limited data and charge extra for more gigs. Verizon and at&t got rid of their unlimited for a reason. Notice how many plans now offer unlimited text and phone calls but limit you on data, its cuz data is becoming more valuable as these newer phones are able to do more things.

        • Trent Richards

          Yeah I am still a bit skeptical about the VOIP over the mobile networks. I know that Verizon is developing VOIP LTE for their network, but Verizon being who they are I just have this feeling that they will implement something to prevent people from dropping their voice service and going to data only. I could be way off, but when has Verizon ever done something that causes customers to save money while they lose profits. If it does end up working out that way, I will very likely miss that unlimited data that I gave up.

  • Franc012

    Maybe Google could do this with Motorola phones. Kind of like Nokia Music.