Google Play Store Opens Doors to Family Library

Google Play is in a family way.

Google Play is in a family way.

Google announced that up to six family members will be able to share eligible applications, games, movies, television shows and books—across devices–from the Google Play Store under its new Family Library initiative.

Users will be able to choose which items to share with family members and which to keep in their personal libraries, and family members will be able to make purchases with their own credit cards, rather than defaulting to the card that was designated as the family payment method. And parents will be able to approve purchases by younger members of the family.

Google said Family Library will begin rolling out over the next few days, initially in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.

Google also announced that the Google Music family plan, which launched late last year, is now available in Ireland, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. Under that plan, up to six family members can stream millions of tracks, on-demand, for $14.99 per month.

Google Play product manager Raj Iyengar said in a blog post:

Today’s families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing. Everyone in my family loves the Star Wars movies, and we all want to be able to watch them on our phones, tablets, laptops, or TV. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the web.

As with most family matters, flexibility and choice is important. With Family Library, you can choose which items you want to share and which to keep to yourself—for example, I’ll probably keep my collection of comic books in my personal library. Flexibility is also built into your purchasing options. When you sign up, you’ll select a credit card to share as your family payment method, but your family members will always have the option of buying stuff with their personal credit cards or gift cards. And for your younger family members, you’ll have the option to approve each of their purchases.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Google Play’s Family Library?