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.
When Google introduces new apps, services or devices, one thing that frequently irritates potential customers is the bias shown to the U.S. market, frequently without any offerings in other markets. This recently occurred with Google’s new Play Music All Access service. Google is working to address that situation though and today the service is available in nine new countries in Europe. The locations include Austria, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. Those countries join Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. with access to the service.
Users can sign up for a 30 day free trial of the service, similar to what Google did when it initially launched the service. If you sign up to continue the paid service prior to September 15th, you can lock in a rate of £7.99 ($12.39 USD) per month for the life of the subscription. After that, the regular price will be £9.99 ($15.49 USD) per month.
source: Google Play Support
When Google introduced Chromecast, one of the biggest selling points was that it was device-independent. It didn’t matter what version of Android you were on, as long as you had the Chromecast and updated your apps to support it, you were good to go. For the most part, that holds true, just not for Verizon Droid RAZR owners.
Apparently, there is some kind of bug with the RAZR that prevents it from casting anything from Google Play Music or Google Play Movies & TV. The icon for casting simply doesn’t appear. The bug doesn’t affect YouTube and Netflix apps, and other Verizon and Motorola devices are seemingly unaffected, so this is specific to just the RAZR, and likely the RAZR MAXX. It’s tough to tell if this bug is because of Motorola software on the device or simply a quirk in the updated versions of Google’s Play apps. I guess we’ll find out soon.
source: Droid Life
It’s been a little over a month since Google announced its All Access streaming music service at I/O. The moment that it was announced I cancelled my Slacker account. While some may see that as a hasty move I jumped at the chance to try something new. While streaming music isn’t anything new with Pandora, Slacker and Spotify (to name a few) being around for awhile, I was interested in seeing just how Google’s streaming service compares. Did my faith in Google pan out or did it fall short? Find out after the break.
Google is planning to introduce a new subscription-based streaming music service to compete with Spotify and other similar services. The feature will be integrated into Google Play and could be introduced as early as this morning at Google I/O, Google’s annual developer-centric conference.
The service has been in development for some time now, and when launched will put Google at an advantage over competitors like Apple and Amazon, who have yet to launch an integrated streaming music service to their platform. And with the lackluster sales the Play Music Store has accrued, this could be the jump-start to help them catch up with iTunes, the largest retailer of music in the United States. » Read the rest