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Google Will Let You Share Movies, Apps, and Music You Buy With Up To Six People (cnet.com) 57

Google reportedly plans to introduce Google Play Family Library plan later this month which will enable users to share their Android apps, games, and media purchases with five different people. The feature, which is similar to Apple's Family Sharing plan, is something that many will find super useful. If nothing, you can split the cost of an app or a music album with your friends. CNET reports:It works like this. Everyone in the group will be able to access every single app, video and book that's available to the [primary] account holder. If you decide to let the kids run wild on your media collection, you can even remove specific titles from the library to keep it more kid-friendly, or hide certain artists you might not want to share with others. You don't have to pay extra to sign up for the Google Play Family Library, but you will need a credit card saved to the account for future purchases. To avoid any financial snafus that might come with multiple account users, Google will send a receipt so there aren't any unpleasant (or expensive) surprises.
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Google Will Let You Share Movies, Apps, and Music You Buy With Up To Six People

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 13, 2016 @11:05AM (#52504219)

    Voluntarily providing Google even more information about you! Sounds wonderful, where do I sign up?

    • It gets better. I "bought" a book through Google Play. All that actually downloaded was a 150-byte decryption key. The book itself only downloads to their Play reader and for all I know, only the parts you are actively reading at the moment.

      "Own it" indeed.

  • Yeah really, man! Anybody got 50 cents?

    • by chill ( 34294 )

      Books and movies can cost quite a bit more than what you're implying.

    • Re:Split the costs (Score:5, Interesting)

      by barc0001 ( 173002 ) on Wednesday July 13, 2016 @11:31AM (#52504359)

      It sounds insane but people actually have problems paying $1 for an app, and will talk endlessly about it to me as they debate the value of buying it to put on their $700 smartphone or $400 tablet while they sip on their $4 latte-macchaito-slushie-whatever. Hell, even I do it from time to time "Is this REAAALLY worth $2? Maybe I'll stick with the free version with ads..." So I would expect anything that lowers the perceived cost will increase sales, even if its people lying to themselves about how it's "cheaper" because everyone in their family can now have a copy of *thing that nobody else in their family wants*.

      • For me, the initial purchase is NBD, but I have a mental barrier against re-paying for an app that I've already paid for if my wife or kids want it, even if it's only 99 cents.
  • Although " You don't have to pay extra to sign up for the Google Play Family Library "

    It turns out that if you try and do this now you WILL be stung for the full Family Plan $15/m, so best wait intil the real launch is announced.

    • No. You won't. That's only if you sign up for the Music part of it. I just signed up and still see the $7.99 because I didn't extend music sharing to my family.

  • Because they just had to figure some way to literally "one-up" Apple.
  • with anyone I want.

    It cost me about $150 CDN to get a non profit SOCAN license of my steamcast station. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be much for for a non profit/hobby on demand station. Just upload all my tracks to a server and anyone I know can now listen to them anytime they want Split that between 10 people and its $15-20 per year.

  • Let them buy their own ultrapron!! (Angry Dome).
  • Or I can buy it at the local store, and then loan it to anyone I want, or even resell it to recoup some of my investment. And there's no danger that Google changes the deal in the future, and I have to pray they don't change it again.
  • but you will need a credit card saved to the account for future purchases.

    WTF is this? Why can't I just continue to pay for my Google purchases the ways I have been? (Such as purchasing credit when I feel I need it.) I really don't like the idea of saving my credit card information to my Google (or any other) online account. This has numerous disadvantages. I'm concerned about the many hacks that occur to both on-line and brick-and-mortar retailers. And I'm concerned about charges being made against m

    • by DogDude ( 805747 )
      Use cash. Shop locally. Quit whining.
      • Use cash. Shop locally. Quit whining.

        As to using cash, I already pay for credit hidden in the price of everything that I buy. I might as well get the credit that I'm paying for and the modest cash back that comes with it than just walk away from it with no cash discount. Just because I use a credit card doesn't mean that I should be sloppy with it and give others open access to it.

        As to shopping locally, one local merchant urges us locals to do that too, and even points out that 80% of what is spent

  • by DickBreath ( 207180 ) on Wednesday July 13, 2016 @01:31PM (#52505165) Homepage
    It is a RENTAL. Period.

    The only difference is whether it's a short term rental, like 48 hours or somesuch, or a long term rental for a few years until: "we are discontinuing our DRM servers". Or try this: "our licensing with the content provider has changed, and what you bought, you can no longer watch.".

    Unless you can download a DRM free copy that you can play on any of your devices, then you didn't really BUY anything.

    And if you did buy a downloadable DRM free copy, then you already don't have any problem with your immediate household members being able to 'access' the content.

    Will people ever learn. There was Microsoft's "Plays For Sure". Which was then discontinued, and everyone's 'purchased' content became locked to their devices -- which probably don't work any longer. Then there was Zune, and the same fate for all of your 'purchased' content. Certain Disney content on Amazon which people had purchased became unplayable because Disney had new exclusive licensing for some of that content that people had previously purchased. And Amazon has 'disappeared' content from devices before, in one instance because Amazon realized that they didn't have a license to 'sell' it to you in the first place.
  • by Holi ( 250190 ) on Wednesday July 13, 2016 @01:48PM (#52505251)
    If you can control what I do with something after I give you money then I didn't buy it.
  • Sorely needed (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Wednesday July 13, 2016 @02:19PM (#52505445)
    I was helping troubleshoot the tablets my sister had bought for her kids, and noticed that you could access her gmail and text messages from all of them. I asked why she was logged into her Google account on her kids tablets, and she said it was the only way to let the kids use the apps and movies that she'd bought with the account back in the day when all their family had was one Android phone which they gave to keep the (at the time) one kid occupied during car rides.

    It's a huge security hole that's needed to be plugged for a while now. If a kid loses their tablet, whoever finds it potentially has access to all your Google stuff.
  • Considering megacorporations continue to use their financial power to keep extending copyright I'll use my power to continue responding to that by just stealing all the content I would like to possess. Thanks, but no thanks, Google. You can stick your idea right up your mom's ass.
  • but with verbiage like "many will find super useful" and "split the cost of an app or a music album with your friends", TFS reads like an advert.

    Note to editors: I understand the need to generate revenue, but fer chrissake, when you've got something that can actually be written like a tech story, don't turn it into a fscking Slashvertisement!

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