Chromebook Owners Get 60 Days of Google Play Music Free, Just in Time for New Samsung Chromebook 2 Series

By Alex Riviello , Updated Mar 12, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
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A new promotion has been announced for anyone using a Chromebook with the Chrome OS operating system- 60 Days of Google Play Music All Access, absolutely free. There's no catch to it- just sign up and you'll be able to enjoy two months of streaming music, absolutely free. Here is a list of all of the systems that will offer the deal. Google Music Access All Areas is usually $9.99 a month, so it's a nice way to save a few bucks on your music budget. 

Google Play Music is currently the fifth most popular internet radio and music streaming service, with only a 3% market share compared with Pandora's 31%. Of course, Pandora has been in business for 14 years-  Google Play Music All Access launched last May and is increasing its presence all the time, bolstered by promotions like this. 

In any case, it's just another thing that potential Chromebook owners can use to justify their purchase versus a laptop or a tablet.  Chromebooks have had some criticism for moving tech backwards, since they're web-based computers that use mobile phone processors and have barely any storage, but they're cheap and easy to use and since increasing amounts of our work is done directly in the cloud most people don't need much in the way of physical computing power.

Samsung recently announced their launch of the Chromebook 2 series, which will certainly be popular. There will be two models available, 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch, which will improve on the original Samsung Chromebook line with faster performance, longer battery life and a slim, light build enhanced by a durable textured lid and stitched design. The 13.3-inch model also features a Full HD screen (1920x1080) for the first time.

"Since we introduced our first Chromebook in 2011, Samsung has been committed to continually developing our designs and features to meet our users' ever-changing needs, while staying true to the core Chromebook attributes of simplicity, speed and security," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America in a statement. "Samsung has been the top selling consumer Chromebook brand for the past three years and we'll continue to grow our leadership position in this space with the launch of the Chromebook 2 Series."

They will both be available in April, with the 11.6-inch version going for $319.99 and the 13.3-inch model going for $399.99. 

As for Google's 60-day trial, it's valid until September, so you've got plenty of time to decide on which model to pick up. The service is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States 

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