Being a subscriber to Play Music can be a little bit confusing and a hassle considering there is once again a limit on the amount of devices replaced (or deauthorized) on a account within a single year. The reason why this policy has been reimposed is because of the music industry itself. Record labels feel that not having a limit of replacements set allow customers to abuse the system and allow others to piggyback off of them. They are worried about missing out on potential customers if they can simply share an account with an already present subscriber.
Google is working to fix the issue, though. It is known that the entire flashing process on an Android device uses a deauthorization and that hurts subscribers. Google did not share what exactly its fix is, nor did it offer a completion time. So, for now, just sit tight and wait until Google takes care of this mess.
Shazam has updated its app with a new partnership with Rdio that will bring full song playback whenever a user Shazams a song. After listening to a track and identifying it, you’ll be able to play the song within the app if you have an Rdio subscription. While the song is playing, you can continue discovering new music in Shazam.
As an added bonus, you’ll be able to build playlists of songs that you’ve identified. Rdio will get a specific Shazam playlist, but you can specify which of your current playlists you want to add songs to. Pretty handy. Read more
The development team at QCast wants to see people at parties make use of a host’s Chromecast to help everyone get their groove on by creating and sharing group playlists using their new QCast Music app. At least one person in a group needs to have a Google Play Music All Access account to serve as the host. QCast indicates they hope to add more music services in the future. The person with the All Access subscription connects to a Chromecast and from there other guests can connect to the shared queue using the QCast Music app. Songs are added by searches that tap into the All Access service to get results. Read more
Music fans who enjoy checking out the videos that artists put out to go along with their music may want to check out Vevo which released a major update to their Android app this week. Moving the app up to version 2.0, the update brings a new interface design that includes a real-time news feed. Vevo has also tried to step up the ability of the app to identify music videos that may be of interest to users based on what they have been listening to. Read more
Figuring out what apps have your favorite artists and tunes just got a whole lot easier. Performing a search with Google Search regarding a particular artist will return results that can redirect you to music streaming apps that are already installed on your device. The list are apps that contain songs with that particular artist. Currently, the function works in the United States with Rdio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, and YouTube.
Source: Inside Search (Official Google Search blog)
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.
With today’s announcement of the Moto Stream, Motorola is offering a cheap option to have a wireless music streaming experience with a stereo or speakers. The Moto Stream is a little device that hooks up to a stereo and uses Bluetooth technology to play music from mobile devices. Since the Moto Stream can connect to five devices simultaneously, Motorola threw in Heist Mode. If you are not enjoying the current song, walk right up to the little Nexus Q-like device and tap it and NFC technology within your device will switch the song. Or, of course, you can just use Bluetooth to change songs.
The Moto Stream by Motorola is available today online and in stores at RadioShack on June 6. The price is just $49.99 to pick one up.
Hit the break for an official video. Read more
The Sonos wireless HiFi music system is taking homes by storm, and a new promotion by the company should help continue that trend.
Sonos is offering 6 months of free Google Play Music service to its customers.
Right now, everyone is working to have a greater presence in the living room. A second-screen is the target thanks to how much time we all spend on our mobile devices rather than looking at and doing other things. Shazam is no different and has expanded its television recognition to 160 channels. Displayable content from television shows includes show, cast, and music information. The design is getting adjusted to match a users preferences.
On the music front, Shazam will continuously push new content to the user, music videos and interviews included. So now when a song is recognized, fans can be connected to their favorite artist instead of having to go elsewhere.
Hit the break for download links and the press release. Read more
We all know how hard it is to hand over your brand new tablet to your wide-eyed kid or younger sibling, but when we do, why not make sure there are age-appropriate applications on the device? Instead of having them stare mindlessly into a game of Angry Birds, why not have them play something educational?
Fortunately there are plenty of great apps for kids available on the Play Store, and many are even free. Whether you’re looking for an enjoyable experience learning to read or an exciting game to teach your kids math, these apps open up a new world of learning through technology.
To help you weed out the apps that won’t entertain and enrich kids, we’ve created a list of my top five educational apps and games that kids are sure to enjoy. Be sure to let us know about what apps your kids enjoy in the comments!