If you use Google Play Music, then you may want to check your app updates - Music just got a pretty decent one. This new version brings a handful of useful features and enhancements:

* Now Playing queue that allows for queuing and reordering of currenty playing music.
* New UI for navigation with transport controls on the action bar.
* New large album art view on Recent.
* Playlist art is now constructed from album art of songs in the playlist.
* Now Playing widget has album art and support for thumbs up.
* Harder, better, faster, stronger.

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After messing around with it for just a few minutes, I can already say that this update is more intuitive and easier to use than previous versions of Music, as the swiping action is a much better way to navigate through the interface. Most of the other changes are more subtle, but welcome nonetheless (though they did remove the "back" button in the widget in lieu of a "thumbs up," which is kind of... not good), aside from the Now Playing screen on larger devices:


Yeah, seems like that big blank area could show the playlist or something similar. Google is becoming increasingly fond of leaving large unused spaces in its products lately, isn't it?

Otherwise this updated is a solid step in the right direction, so go ahead a grab it.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • vs8

    I would love to be able to change the color of the background. I don't like that blue tone.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    There also a new Nexus Q settings entry available.

  • John O’Connor

    I would love an option to edit cover art if it does not display the correct image (especially if it can be done within the app but at this point I would settle for being able to do it in the browser as well). Also, the Nexus Q extension does not work on ICS devices as specified (shows not compatible with your device) appears to only work on the Nexus 7 or other JB devices @ this point

    • Michael

      although it's not as simple you can change the album art online.

      • John O’Connor

        I'm trying to find that option now without much success. Does this need to be done through music manager?

        • Michael

          If you do to https://play.google.com/music/ go to the song/album and click the triangle in the corner, then edit song/album info
          Edit: I think if you do album you have to select the whole album not sure

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    I like effect when you click on cover in previous version. I thing it is not in this version.

  • http://profiles.google.com/joshrowe.ice Joshua Rowe

    Could somebody please mirror the apk for people like me who got play music outside of the US?

    • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe

      I'm from Brazil and it is available for me to install.

      • Ubaldo Flores

        Yes me too!!, I'm in Mexico and I can't download it from the play store. Someone please mirror the apk.

        • posolony

          I'm from Poland, and it works for me. I just used QR code and i have the newest version from Google Play Store :d

    • http://twitter.com/RobUncorked Rob Reid

      Yup me too! In Canada and can't install from Play Store, so if anyone has apk, much appreciated.

  • Claudio Bastos

    any mirror ?

  • mousetamer

    Still don't see a way to add multiple songs to a playlist.

  • http://twitter.com/i300_ J. Brown

    The new widget looks god awful. http://i.imgur.com/SBJy3.png
    I don't want a "thumbs up" button. I enjoyed the large play/pause and next buttons.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1359390083 Sodiq Awokoya

      Only God awful thing I see is your still on Gingerbread, quit complaining and get the rooting and rom'ing

      • VanderTRAMP

        Not all of us have the kind of popular dev support that the more recent and more expensive phones have, you know. Please don't be an asshole before you consider that maybe some of us don't have the same breadth of choice.

  • Mike Fleming

    High on Fire nice

  • Zak Taccardi

    I really miss the ability to click the artist or album title of the now playing song to find more albums by that artist or more songs in that album

  • marvel83

    I wish they would add a shut off timer.

  • Alex Luckett

    I don't understand why they can't allow access to the app via Play Store outside the US. It's really frustrating when updates come out.

  • mesmorino

    I never really got this whole cloud music thing. All my music is stored online, right? Well that's all fine and dandy until I go through a tunnel. Or take the tube. Or take a 2hr train journey through the English countryside. Or perhaps worst of all, the server goes down because of - insert random and unforseeable event- . And all of this is without the usual loss of signal I get on a good day - try working in a listed building - or even things like taking a plane (fat lot of good my music being in the cloud is gonna do me at 35000ft).

    Storing non media data online is good for storage and back up purposes but music/videos? No thanks. The music might be available 90% of the time but that 10% when it's not available is probably when I need it the most.
    I'd be very curious as to how Americans are using the app, at least the cloud storage aspects of it. It'd have to be at least as good as Poweramp anyway, before I even started trying to get round that cloud business.

    • József Király

      I store my music online, but always keep it on my phone, neatly synced from the Google Clouds. It replaces USB cables every time I format my SD card, and I can access it everywhere without my gadgets. Neato, huh?

      • mesmorino

        Right, that's probably how I'd use it as well, rather than putting everything online. That's how it seems to be put across on the Play Store page, like they want me to move all 28GBs to the cloud

        • http://twitter.com/j03ybeef Joe Hernandez

          no reason not to move everything to the cloud. you choose what to save to your phone locally up to the limit of space on the phone itself. stream where you have internet access, save to your phone for the times streaming isnt an option. also saving your 28 gb collection to the cloud, you can access your entire library on any computer.

    • Nick LaVeaux

      You know that you can store however many songs as you want (limited by your local storeage, of course), right? I
      sometimes take the subway, or "the tube" as you call it, and then switch to listen to music that has already been cached or music that I have permanently stored to my phone. Obviously cloud music isn't your deal... so go with an alternative. For the good many of us that don't live in places with shitty signal and constant times of not having signal, it works quite well. I get to use my extra space for a few torrented tv shows daily.

      • John O’Connor

        I would like to further emphasize the CACHED setting, which means you will not lose the streaming music in the amount of time it takes to go through tunnels or other obstructions, if you choose to change to songs that are not currently cached when you have no signal, then yes you are sol

      • mesmorino

        But that's my point- If I can and do have the music permanently on my phone... Why would even I bother with the cloud? I have, in one move, completely bypassed all of the issues I mentioned

        • Chava

          You don't have to. It's not for everyone. I have 19,000 songs online that I can access from my phone, tablet, work computer and my gf's iPhone.

          • mesmorino

            Without meaning to sound rude, I think you've missed my point- What do you do when you don't have access to the cloud, and that's where all your media is? My internet access, while reliable, and reasonably fast, is not consistent enough to depend on an online streaming solution for music, the periods I'm without a connection are the periods I need the music the most

            I know I don't have to use it, but this is the road to figuring out how I could get usage out of it. I also don't have to use a lot of other things but I wouldn't get very far with that attitude now would I?

            Anyway, I'm starting to think it's primarily useful for people with multiple devices more than anything else

          • Chava

            I have about 2,000 songs pinned to my phone so they're available offline. I don't really have room for much more since I have the 16gb Gnex. If I did, I'd pin a lot more. I also check the option to cache music.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            I do both. Keep a few thousand downloaded and 20k in the cloud. I win!

    • Knlegend1

      Yeah like @google-6bd3a45efe2ff79a9c9d7158b188a5a0:disqus said just store them on your device. I only move music when I'm at home. Or you can create a playlist of songs and make the whole list offline. Its a very clean way of doing it honestly. Some of my music I upload on my computer doesn't have album for some odd reason. So I just put album art on Music and bam I have album art. I love Google Music. If you learn to use it effectively you will too. I personally wouldn't stream though unless you want someone to hear a particular song.

  • Dinofan01

    Any difference from the jelly bean version or is this just giving the JB version to everyone?

    and music never had a previous button on the widget. Even in ics. http://www.freeimgshost.com/fullsize/erzctwy0vc4oh9so0ehn.png

    • Alex Luckett

      Version in jelly bean is v4.3.605, this is
      v4.3.606 - very minor change. I think it's pretty much the same.

  • Gudjon

    Still not able to change downloaded music location from internal storage to external SD?

    • Tome

      Yes, but it actually scans the external SD card automatically now - a big feature that somehow is not listed in the changelog. Wish they had mentioned this before I purchased another app for this!

  • sky

    wow finally a new widget! it's about time :)

  • Adrian

    You realise that "big blank area" is the Now Playing queue right? It's blank because in the screenshot they only have 1 item in the queue.

    • Adrian

      Nope, I was totally wrong on that after trying it out myself. That IS a stupid design choice after all.

    • tookieboy

      the blank unused spaces are for features not implemented yet :D

  • VanderTRAMP

    Finally, they got rid of that ugly fucking mess of a background.

  • Billy Porter

    Can we blacklist files yet? I F*cking hate not being able to tell music I don't want it to import my recorded audio lectures.

    • ChavaM

      Why don't you just keep them out of your music folder? Or put everything you want to sync in a playlist and only sync that playlist?

      • Billy Porter

        They aren't in my music folder. They are in a totally separate folder. Transformer prime. They in fact are the only mp3s I actually have saved to the tablet everything else is streamed

        • ChavaM

          Ohhhhh saved on the tablet itself. Yeah I hate that too. I think I ended up using an app that saved the recordings in 3gp. I don't think Play Music supports 3gp.

        • bogbreath

          have you tried putting a file called .nomedia in that directory?

    • Schugs
  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido
    • Ubaldo Flores

      Thanks buddy!! Greetings from Mexico.

    • grellanl

      Thanks man, most helpful.

  • LiterofCola

    Swipe to play next song? Still waiting for this

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538035531 Mike Loomis

    High on Fire FTW!

  • Knlegend1

    They could put lyrics in those spaces for music that of course has lyrics.

  • SK

    But they still don't have the simplest feature -- auto download all new purchases and store them is a place that's visible to other music players. We have to fuckin manually choose each song/album for offline availability. In a sense this is locking out end users from using other players. It has prevented me from using Winamp.

  • jon

    When the hell is Google Music coming to UK!!?? :

  • jason

    I continuously find Play Music annoying to use. Only benefit is that it's linked to the cloud.

  • werty

    Just to clear it out... I've used play music since it came out. Actually, I don't have a single mp3 anymore, all my music is stored on Googles server.
    It does work quite well... the music is cached, and dropouts in the connection are not even noticed.
    I can't believe that anyone really wants to sync music files between units manually, when they can carry all of their music with them, whereever they go, on whatever device they feel like using.

  • Nick0las

    Not compatible with UMS :-/ All music is dropped when you unplugged the phone... you have to force MTP if you can!

  • Bleakvision

    This app is really a work in progress. Why is it so hard for Google to get this right?

  • Brian Knapp

    Why isn't the album title shown in Now Playing? In fact, this redesign makes it really difficult to view the name of the album for the song currently playing (esp. on shuffle). Anyone else notice this or am I missing something?

  • dale janus

    I find it very annoying that my playlists are no longer texts but icons of the albums the first few songs happen to be. I can only see 2 to 4 playlists. As text I can see 10 or more and quickly scroll the list. Now it takes much longer because of the stupid icons that do not represent what the play list is about. I don't care about album art. Google confirms there is no way to shut it off and no way to roll back to the earlier version. I was all set to use the paid service, but not if I can't get the application to work as I prefer, not how google prefers.