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Google Play Music launches subscription in India; Bugs

Update: I just subscribed to Google Play Music, and it seems to be buggy. Tried to play a few songs from the Indian catalog, and it doesn't work. All I keep getting is, a message that says "Couldn't prepare radio. Please try again". On an artist page, "Music temporarily unavailable. Couldn't play the stream you requested." When I tried a US based band, it worked perfectly. Google has bugs to fix. Earlier today: Google Play Music has launched subscription in India, at a discounted subscription rate of Rs 89 per month, if users sign up within the next 45 days; there's a 30 day free trial. This launch has happened six months after the service first went live in India. At that time, streaming of songs wasn't enabled, and users could purchase songs via downloads.  Google Play Music is claiming to give access to 35 million songs in India, ad-free radio with unlimited skips, and the ability to listen to anything offline. Note that, we checked, and we didn't see carrier billing as a payment option for subscribing. As genres, it lists Bengali, Bhojpuri,Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Western and World. Remember that this is not Google's first attempt at music in India. Back in 2010, it had launched a music search and discovery service called Google Music, before shutting it down in July 2013. Note that Google Play Music was originally announced in May 2011, as an invitation-based beta service; it made a public launch in November 2011.…

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