Google began rolling out an update to Google Play Music today that will be especially helpful to users who find themselves without any kind of connection to the Internet. Radio stations can now be pinned and can be listened to even if you are offline. Other items included in the update should make the interface a little easier to navigate. » Read the rest
Today Google Play Music was updated to version 5.4 bringing in a number of new fixes and features. The most important new feature is perhaps the new My Devices interface, which allows users to be able to manage and deauthorize devices straight from their phone or tablet, instead of having to do it through the desktop version of the service.
Another big update to the service is the ability to pre-cache whole radio stations to listen to offline. The feature, called Keep on device, which was only used for songs, playlists, albums and so on before, is now also useable for radio stations. Keep in mind that there are some exceptions to this and there are some radio stations that you can’t listen to offline.
Whether you like Apple’s products or not, there’s no arguing that iTunes revolutionized the way that we consume music. Perhaps that’s why so many people use it as their preferred method of listening to music from their desktop. A big selling point for Apple’s devices is their seamless syncing abilities with iTunes. But what if you have an Android device? Does that mean that you can’t sync your music from iTunes? Have no fear! There are a number of ways that you can sync your iTunes music with your Android devices! Here we will discuss two ways to sync your music from your iTunes library to your Android device. Hit the break to get started.
If you use Google’s Play Music locker service, you know that you have to install the Music Manger app on a computer to upload files off of your hard drive to store in Google’s cloud. If you want to upload local music from a phone, tablet, Chromebook, etc., you’re pretty much out of luck. You’d have to either buy the music from Google Play or add it to your library, if you subscribe to All-Access.
According to some pieces of code in Play Music, we may start to see the ability to upload music directly from a browser, skipping the need for installed software. It was found by an unofficial Google blog, so Google hasn’t said anything about it, but if the pieces of code are there, it clearly looks like Google is considering adding this to their music service. It would be really helpful for people that only use tablets or Chromebooks and don’t have a laptop or desktop to upload files from. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before Google makes something official.
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Following up yesterday’s release of an update to Google’s Play Movies that enables saving movies in low resolution, Google has started pushing out an update to their Play Music app that enables a similar feature for music. Instead of giving users an option to save a smaller file, the app will now prompt users to save their music files to external storage if their device has any available. Google also added a standardized “Share” option to make it easier to keep your friends updated on what you are listening to. The code for this latest update reveals support for the redemption of coupon codes as well, though it is not apparent in the app how that might be done. » Read the rest
Remember the rumored YouTube subscription music service that was reported in October? Well, it’s been delayed. According to AllThingsD, sources close to the situation say that the service will launch in the first quarter of 2014. It was believed that the service had a chance to launch by the end of this year. YouTube has all of the music licenses ready to go, but the company is internally unhappy with the product thus far. Apparently they are trying to find “the best way to integrate user-generated content, like lipsyncs and mashups, along with conventional recordings and videos.” Upon launching, Google may have to decide how to differentiate this service from Google Play Music All Access. Until an official announcement, we’ll keep a lookout for any other updates.
A couple of weeks ago, Google announced Play Music for Glass, but it wasn’t released at that time. It became officially available yesterday so head over to your MyGlass app to activate it.
If you happened to sideload the apk previously, you will need to uninstall it before activating the official app from MyGlass. In order to do that, you will need to connect your Glass to your computer (assuming you have adb) and run adb uninstall com.google.android.music. Enjoy!!
Google Music is already unofficially available for Google Glass, but it will be officially available in the coming weeks. Google formally introduced it this morning giving us more details. Not only will you be able to play any song in your collection (or through All Access) by using the “Okay Glass, listen to” command, but you will also be able to find out what song is playing in your surroundings using Sound Search. All you have to say is “What song is this.”
Google also announced new stereo earbuds that are designed specifically with Glass. They will run $85, and you can customize it with one of five interchangeable color caps.
Good news for those of you in Europe as seven new countries can now use Google Play Music All Access. You can now stream to your heart’s content if you live in the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland. There is absolutely no excuse to not try it since you get the first month for free. Let us know what you think.
Play Music has been updated to 5.2 and by far the biggest addition is Genre Radio stations. If you have subscribed to All Access, you will see it under radio. You will also find sub genres under each genre. In addition to Genre Radio, you will find a new download queue UI that supports pause/resume.
Just like other recent Google updates, it’s rolling out slowly, so you might not get it for a few days. If you’re impatient, we have download links for you after the break.