Google announced last week that they are expanding their All Access Music service to Ukraine among five other countries – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru. With this latest move, Ukraine joins Russia as the only former Soviet republics with access to the service.
The All Access Music service launched last summer as a streaming music platform to compete with Pandora, Spotify, and others and has since expanded to dozens of countries around the globe.
Google also offers the Books and Movies services, but neither is available in Ukraine. Among supported former Soviet republics, only Russia-based users have access to both services. Users in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova have access to Google Movies.
Google All Access Music allows users to create personalized, ad-free stations. Google says that users can choose from 20 million tracks to stream or store up to 20,000 tracks on any device. The service is free for the first 30 days and costs $10 monthly after that.
In December 2012, Apple expanded iTunes to Russia, Ukraine, and dozens of other countries. iTunes offers apps, books, podcasts, and more in every former Soviet republic, but video content is unavailable in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Apple users in Ukraine currently have access to movies, apps, music, free (but not paid) books, podcasts, and more.