Google adds new markets for Play Newsstand and Play Music


As the dust started to settle from today’s big announcements from Google, the Google Play division shared some new markets for the Play Newsstand and Play Music sections of the Play Store.

Joining existing markets, consumers in Japan, Malaysia and Thailand can now tap into Play Newsstand for the latest magazines and newspapers. Meanwhile, Play Music will now be available in Japan. This brings the number of markets with access to Play Newsstand up to 28 and 59 for Play Music.

source: Google Play (Twitter)

Google to launch a family plan for Play Music tomorrow


Tomorrow will be quite the day for Google as it will be announcing the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, a new Chromecast, and possibly additional hardware. Software, too, will receive attention as Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be showcased and a new version of the Chromecast app will debut. And now it looks like Play Music is going to be joining the party at Google’s event as Android Police reports that a family plan for the music streaming service is on the way as well.

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Google updates Play Music with improved Chromecast integration


Google is currently in the process of rolling out an update for its official Play Music application via the Play Store. This upgrade carries a bunch of stability improvements for Chromecast playback, including the removal of the 3-second buffer period between songs, gapless playlist compatibility and the facility to keep streaming music even if your phone turns off.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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[Deal] Various ‘Best Of’ albums are available for free from Google Play


Maybe your Labor Day BBQ gets started in a few hours. You’re going to need some music, right? Good thing Google Play has various Best Of albums available for free. The seemingly growing collection includes Britney Spears, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Three 6 Mafia, and many more. All you have to do is go to the album’s listing in the Play Store and add it to your library.

Hit the break for the full list.

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Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’ is no longer an Apple Music exclusive


Dr. Dre released his final album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, two weeks ago as an exclusive for Apple Music and the iTunes Store. The 14-day window has come to an end and now the album is available through Google Play along with music streaming services such as Tidal, Rdio, and Rhapsody. Compton includes sixteen tracks that run for around sixty minutes.

Plan on seeing Straight Outta Compton in theaters? The album pairs pretty well with that film considering Dr. Dre was a member of N.W.A., the group that Straight Outta Compton chronicles.

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Source: Google Play Music (Twitter)

Google Play Music celebrates Barack Obama’s birthday with curated radio station

google play music white houseIn celebration of Barack Obama’s 54th birthday, Google Play Music is offering a curated radio station of the President’s favorite songs. There’s a decent bit of variety on the station, ranging from Jay-Z to The Temptation, so if you’re interested in getting some insight into Obama’s musical tastes, this is the best way to do it. Read more