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Google Play enters free streaming with radio

02:07 PM | 24 Jun, 2015
Google Play enters free streaming with radio
NEW YORK (APP) - Google Play on Tuesday expanded to Internet radio, becoming the latest streaming player to provide free content despite controversy among artists.

The Internet search giant's streaming service said it was launching a curated online radio network that would be free for listeners with the support of advertisements.

Google Play subscribers, who pay $9.99 a month, will be able to listen to the radio network without advertisements.

The network will be available on Google's Android phones as well as rival Apple's iPhone but -- in a sign of the complexity of radio regulations worldwide -- it initially will only operate in the United States.

Google is launching the network a year after buying the streaming service Songza, which tailors music to listeners based on their known preferences and activities.

Using the Songza model, Google Play's radio network will offer channels with music tailored to times of day such as "having friends over" and "having fun at work."

The move could put Google Play in competition with Internet or satellite radio stations such as Pandora and Sirius XM.

But it also could make Google Play attractive to users of streaming leader Spotify, which -- despite some artists' objections --  has a free tier of on-demand music backed by advertisements.

Apple is launching a revamped streaming service next week as the iTunes maker sees customers shifting to such unlimited, on-demand platform.

Apple Music initially did not intend to pay royalties from streams during customers' free three-month trial period, but did an abrupt about-face Sunday after a vocal protest by pop superstar Taylor Swift.

Google Play was quick to emphasize that it is paying royalties for the free service.

The radio network offers "you a new way to find just the right music -- and (gives) artists another way to earn revenue," Google said on its official blog.

Other players in the growing streaming field include Deezer, Rhapsody, Rdio and Tidal, which is led by rap mogul Jay-Z.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 22 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 22, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.25 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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