Google has released an update to Google Play Music that bring both their new Material Design to the app as well as functions modeled after features found in Songza, in particular the Concierge option. The update to incorporate Material Design is no surprise and we even saw a port of it get out over the weekend. This update starting to rollout today makes the new look official though. Besides the benefits of Material Design, Google is also working on making the service more useful for listeners with the new features that have been added no doubt thanks to their acquisition of Songza.
Over the summer, many Play Music customers ran into an issue where they could no longer deauthorize an unlimited number of devices. Record labels are to blame for the matter. It has seemingly been fixed because there are reports of the deauthorization limit no longer being present for users that maxed out at four already.
Nothing has been confirmed from Google just yet, so deauthorize as soon as possible if you must.
Via: Android Central
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.
Google is pushing out updates to a few of its apps, including Hangouts, YouTube, and Play Music. None of the updates are huge, but they bring a few extra features that are definitely worth having.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.