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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In 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
Users of the Google Play Music app may have noticed that music cached or stored for offline playback was disappearing from their devices whenever they rebooted their smartphones. Despite some initial attempts to pin this on some DRM-based scheme, Google now appears to have acknowledged this is a bug for users who store their music on microSD cards. Read more
Google Play Music and its All Access subscription service is now available in Argentina. There’s been no official announcement just yet, however, the country is listed as supported on Google’s support page.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more