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.
Google released an update to Google Play Music today that capitalizes on Google’s move to focus on music features in the YouTube app. When users browse or play music, the app will now show whether there is a music video available on YouTube for the song a user is listening to or looking at.
The other day Google unveiled the long-rumored YouTube music subscription service, YouTube Music Key. For $7.99 a month (for a limited time, it will go to $9.99 a month at some point), users will receive an ad-free experience along with offline and background playback. But Google isn’t stopping there.
In case you haven’t noticed, we are in a streaming revolution when it comes to music. I can’t remember the last time I downloaded an album. With services like Songza, Spotify, Slacker, Pandora, and yes, Play Music All Access, you can listen to what you want when you want for the price of one CD per month.
Because of this, download numbers are dropping for most services, but not for Google. Google is not only showing growth in their streaming service (All Access), but also in the number of download sales. This is according to Google’s VP of Global Music Partnerships Zehavah Levine who spoke at the SF MusicTech conference. She said, “Not only are our subscribers growing but our download numbers are growing despite the industry trend.” Unfortunately, we don’t have numbers to work with so it’s hard to really tell what’s going on.
It’s been just about a year and a half since Google released its music streaming service, All Access. In that time, Google acquired Songza, a lesser known curated music streaming service, back in July. Since then, it has been speculated that Google would eventually roll those features into its ever-popular music service.
Google recently brought Material Design to the Play Music app, but they also added Songza’s Concierge, bringing a whole new element to All Access. Given that Play Music has joined the material world, it’s time to give it a revisit. A month after All Access came out, I heralded it as an amazing streaming experience, hit the break to see if I still do so a year and a half later.
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.