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Family music-streaming plans compared: Google takes on Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, and Tidal

At Google's Nexus press event in San Francisco today, the search giant announced a new family plan that gives up to six people access to the Google Play Music library for $14.99 a month. Check out how it compares to competitive plans from Apple, Spotify, Rdio, and Tidal.

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Households that listen to different kinds of music can now enjoy their own tastes using a shared Google Play account for the family.

At Google's Nexus press event in San Francisco today, the search giant announced a new plan that gives up to six people access to the Google Play Music library for $14.99 a month.

Music streaming services continue introducing new features to compete with the ever-growing list of competitors. Apple Music has a very similar family share deal, offering six people a group membership for $14.99.

Spotify and Rdio both let you add an additional user for $5 each, but Spotify caps the maximum number of members at five people for a total of $30 per month.

On the same pricing tier, Tidal is also offering 50 percent off each extra person you add-- a family of five would pay $30 per month for the household, which is double the cost for the same family on Google Play Music or Apple Music.

With the Play Music plan, each family member will get full access to their own account on their own phones, which includes access to a host of curated playlists, artist recommendations, and top music charts.

No word yet from the company on when the new family plan will roll out, but it's likely that we'll see it happen before the end of the year.

This is a developing story. Follow CNET's Google event live blog and see all of today's Google's news.

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