As new devices continue to come out, chances are you will find one that really catches your eye. Of course that means you’re stuck with the old device unless you sell it on Swappa or trade it in. However, it seems used smartphones are depreciating a lot quicker since newer phones are hitting the market just as fast. If you can’t sell your old device or you don’t want to, then do the next best thing. Take that old phone and turn it into a portable media player. Not sure about how to go about doing that? Well you’re in the right place. Hit the break to get started.
There’s no doubt that Google Play has seen some extensive improvements, but Google I/O is highlighting some of the cool functionality that users will see using the service moving forward. One of the great things that Google does for its users is learn about its users, so the Play Store can now give personalized recommendations of games, music, movies and whatever else may be good for users. Additionally, Google has implemented a new strategy for its ever-growing tablet users by showcasing a brand-spanking new “Designed for Tablets” section— ensuring the various tablet apps out there will operate at a smooth level. Oh and for you music lovers out there— Google Play Music All Access is Google’s first subscription-based music service, which allows listeners to enjoy the huge library of songs Google has— complete with the ability to customize your music as you choose— all for $9.99/month. “Radio without rules” is the motto of the All Access service, which means that we may have yet another means to enjoy our awesome music.
Look for the new improvements to start rolling out over the coming weeks.
Google Music lovers now have another option for playing their cloud based music. GMusicFS, a beta music app developed by XDA member bubbleguuum, exposes cloud Google Music as a FUSE filesystem. The app enables music players such as Poweramp, PlayerPro and n7player to read and play Google Music files on a rooted Android device.
Keep in mind this is an initial beta release, and has only been tested on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 running stock 4.2.2, and on an older device (not specified) running CM10 (4.2.1 Jelly Bean equivalent).
Google Music is one of our favorite music applications for Android, and Google is aiming to make it just a little bit better. According to reports, Google is in talks with major music companies to launch a music service similar to Spotify, which would allow you to listen to any song you wanted, on-demand, without needing to buy and store all of your music somewhere. Personally, I think the service would integrate nicely into Google Music, similar to what Samsung does with their Music Hub application.
It’s expected that this music streaming service would launch with a free and paid subscription option, and it would give Google the leg up on Amazon and Apple, the two closest competitors who haven’t moved into music streaming yet. It would put Google in competition with companies like Spotify, who have a strong grip on the market already. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Hit the source below to find out a few more details.
Google Music (now officially known as Play Music) is an incredible product. Google allows you to upload your personal music collection to their servers and stream it from your web browser or any Android device absolutely free! The only bummer is that Google has overlooked an important feature: the ability to upload music purchased outside of the Google Play Store to your Google Music account from your smartphone. Naturally, Google is trying to push users to purchase their music from Google Play, but what if you want to buy your music from the Amazon MP3 store, or download it using some other quasi-legal method (shame, shame).
If your looking to upload music from your Android device, (or even your non-Android device…gasp!), you’ve come to the right place. Jump past the break to learn how!
Google recently showed off Android 4.2 and some of the cool features that go with it, including some pretty wild camera effects. One of the features they demoed was a Music Explorer that can be used to discover new artists and music in the Play Store. That feature has existed in the Play Store for a while, but Google’s taken it a step further and really improved the interface. As an avid music listener, I think it’s great to have another tool that makes finding new music this easy.
Well it looks like the new Music Explorer is live for many of you. Unfortunately it isn’t working on my Play Store yet, but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it over the next few days. Is it live for any of you? Let us know how it works in the comments.
Good news for Google Music fans. The latest update brings a few enhancements that you might find useful. First, if you’re sporting a Jelly Bean device, you’ll enjoy expanded notifications. Check out the screenshot above from my Nexus 7. You can collapse the notification with a two-finger swipe up and get a more compact entry, or two-finger swipe back down to expand it again. Great to see Google embracing Jelly Bean’s new notification improvements.
If you happen to be one of the few Nexus Q embracers, you’ll be happy to see a convenient link to Q settings from the Google Music settings menu. Not a major feature, but appreciated nonetheless.
Probably the best new feature, at least in my opinion, is Google TV support. Yes, now you can legitimately install and use Google Play Music on a Google TV device. The old version always listed Google TV devices as incompatible in the Play Store, which to me was quite surprising.
Of course, now that it runs on my Sony Google TV set top box, I have to wonder if I’ll use my Nexus Q less. Playing my Google Music was the main thing I did with my Q since it was the easiest way to pipe my music through my entertainment center. Not so any more. Perhaps that’s why it took Google this long to add Google TV support… business reasons. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter now, and I’m happy.
All this sound good to you? Click the download link or scan the QR code below to grab the update.
Today Amazon has announced they will be pushing some serious upgrades to their popular Cloud Player music streaming platform. The intention is to make the service more competitive with Apple’s ‘iTunes Match’ and Google Music.
Starting with the addition of scan and match technology, the service will scan customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, then match the songs on their computers to Amazon’s catalog of music, which includes a stunning 20 million tracks and rising.
All matched music will immediately be accessible via Cloud Player and upgraded for free to high-quality 256Kbps audio. This includes music customers bought from iTunes, ripped from CDs or that was bought from Amazon. Better accessibility will be a driving factor in making Amazon Cloud Player more popular. For example, any customer with an Android device, iDevice, Kindle Fire, or even a web browser will have access to all their music via the cloud. Those of you with Roku and Sonos home entertainment systems will soon have support as well. » Read the rest
Google launched Google Play Magazines and TV shows in the US at Google I/O last week. Well, it looks like you folks across the pond won’t be getting access to these new services, or to Google Music, in time for the Nexus 7 launch. Currently, the UK has access to Apps, Books, and Movies. Streaming music with Google Music has yet to arrive, and the UK was not included in the new roll-out of Magazines and TV shows.
“The UK version will feature all of the options currently available in the UK Play store,” a Google spokesperson told The Inquirer. That short sentence says everything it needs to. Only the current offerings will be available to UK users when the Nexus 7 launches for £159. Of course, this does not mean that the UK will never get these services, and it’s likely those services will all show up at some point in the future.
Does the delay in adding all Google Play services in the UK deter anyone from buying a Nexus 7? The 7-inch tablet is a Google Play consumption device, so we understand if you’re disappointed it won’t be all it can be at launch, but does that price point make you willing to take the plunge anyway and wait for the services to come? UK folks, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Just in case you were too quick with your delete trigger-finger, Google has added a trash folder to Google Music that lets you undelete songs up to 28 days after you’ve given them the axe. After 28 days, the songs are automatically *poofed* out of existence. You also have the ability to permanently delete songs from the trash folder, removing their play counts and all other data. But keep in mind that any song that you’ve purchased that gets permanently deleted will have to be re-purchased if you change your mind. This is really permanent, so be careful what you give the boot.
To access the new trash folder, click “options” in the top right of the player page, then choose “music trash” from the menu.