Google’s Play Music app is getting an update that changes a few minor details through the application.
With the update, whenever you’re looking at anything with album art, the artwork will extend through the status bar. This is a slight change from the colored status bar Google has been implementing, but it’s a nice change. Tapping the search button also automatically brings up the keyboard. That probably should’ve been default since day one, but hey, better late than never.
Google Play Music has now increased the total upload capacity to 50,000 songs. This was previously limited to 20,000 songs. The service is still free, so you will not need a subscription to All Access in order to make use of this nifty feature.
On Wednesday’s, Google enjoys pushing updates to its applications. The introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop has brought a new slideout menu that Google has started to apply. Today, the Play Music app is receiving an update that includes the new slideout menu (as seen above). The slideout menu also has a Downloaded only toggle, but that is nothing new. The new part is the toggle itself which has changed from a circle to a square. Other changes in the update are either so minute that they go unnoticed or can be found behind the scenes.
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Subscribers of Google Play Music have access to YouTube Music Key at no additional cost. So it makes sense that users put them to work to see which works better for them in different situations. However, be careful when switching between the two because one user reported on Reddit that Play Music will experience technical difficulties if the YouTube Music Key tab is left open on a web browser. Play Music would not work properly and notified the user that another person was on the account. In the end, the user said “PSA – close that tab.”
Be sure to read our review of YouTube Music Key.
Google has long been rumored to be working on a YouTube music service. In the fall of this year we were promised multiple times that we were weeks and weeks away from the YouTube service. Finally, in mid-November the music service was announced.
YouTube Music Key as it’s called, goes for $7.99 a month (for the promotional period where it will then jump up to $9.99 a month) and offers an ad-free music and music video experience. Much like Google Music — and most other music streaming services — the service can be used both on the web and from the mobile app. The service is said to be a YouTube lover’s dream, but is it a streaming service worth your monthly coin? Hit the break to find out.
Google offers an album for free every week through Play Music as part of its album of the week promotion. This week’s entry is Linkin Park’s The Hunting Party, which was launched in June this year.
Google released an update to Google Play Music today that capitalizes on Google’s move to focus on music features in the YouTube app. When users browse or play music, the app will now show whether there is a music video available on YouTube for the song a user is listening to or looking at.
The other day Google unveiled the long-rumored YouTube music subscription service, YouTube Music Key. For $7.99 a month (for a limited time, it will go to $9.99 a month at some point), users will receive an ad-free experience along with offline and background playback. But Google isn’t stopping there.
In case you haven’t noticed, we are in a streaming revolution when it comes to music. I can’t remember the last time I downloaded an album. With services like Songza, Spotify, Slacker, Pandora, and yes, Play Music All Access, you can listen to what you want when you want for the price of one CD per month.
Because of this, download numbers are dropping for most services, but not for Google. Google is not only showing growth in their streaming service (All Access), but also in the number of download sales. This is according to Google’s VP of Global Music Partnerships Zehavah Levine who spoke at the SF MusicTech conference. She said, “Not only are our subscribers growing but our download numbers are growing despite the industry trend.” Unfortunately, we don’t have numbers to work with so it’s hard to really tell what’s going on.
It’s been just about a year and a half since Google released its music streaming service, All Access. In that time, Google acquired Songza, a lesser known curated music streaming service, back in July. Since then, it has been speculated that Google would eventually roll those features into its ever-popular music service.
Google recently brought Material Design to the Play Music app, but they also added Songza’s Concierge, bringing a whole new element to All Access. Given that Play Music has joined the material world, it’s time to give it a revisit. A month after All Access came out, I heralded it as an amazing streaming experience, hit the break to see if I still do so a year and a half later.