Blame record labels for Play Music deauthorization mess until Google fixes it

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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.

Source: iTechTriad
Via: Ausdroid

Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

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Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps.
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Play Music Android app updated to 5.5, share and edit playlists

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Google updated the Android Play Music app to 5.5 bringing a couple of new features to playlists. By far the biggest change is that you can now share your playlists with your friends, provided the music is in the cloud, not on your device. As far as editing playlists, you could already create new playlists and edit your music choices in existing playlists, but you can now edit the name and description of your playlists from your device.

This is a staged rollout, but you can download the apk if you’re in a hurry. Download links after the break.


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Sonos just got a lot better today

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I thought it would never happen, but it did. Google Play Music is now partnering with the Sonos music system. Now Sonos users from around the world, in 25 countries, can stream directly to Sonos from within the Google Play Music app on devices or from the Sonos app.

If by chance you aren’t familiar with Sonos, it is probably the easiest way to stream music throughout your entire house. Wireless speakers are as low as $199, and they can be placed anywhere. Now with the addition of Google Play Music, you will have access to your entire 20,000 song library for streaming anywhere in your home.

This this a huge step for Google and could open up the doors for more media players like the Roku or Onkyo AVRs.

source: Sonos

 

Google adds in support for uploading music to Play Music through Chrome

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We knew Google was working on adding the ability to upload music files to Play Music directly through Google Chrome, and it looks like that update has finally gone live. It’s still considered a beta lab experiment, so you’ll have to enable it at this link, but once that’s done, you can simply drag music files onto Chrome to upload them to your Play Music library. There are also configurations for uploading tons of music in iTunes, as well as setting up music to upload automatically.

In addition to those changes, Google has also added a pop-out mini player to Play Music, as well as the option to download tracks right from the browser. Looks like Google’s download manager program is all but obsolete at this point.

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Telling Google Search to “play some music” will launch “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio

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Google is adding more and more voice commands into both Android and Google Chrome. The latest Android voice command allows users to be able to launch the “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio by telling Google Search to “play some music”

If the user has Google Play Music All Access, the playlist that is played will feature a pretty big selection of content. If they don’t it will play music in the users personal music library on Google Play Music.

Source: @Google

Update to Google Play Music makes it possible to go offline with radio stations

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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.
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Google Play Music updated to 5.4, brings a host of fixes and features

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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.


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How to sync your iTunes library to your Android device

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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.


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