Google announced a few additions to the Play Store along with Android 4.2 and the new Nexus devices earlier this week. Among the improvements was an expansion of the music catalog and a new way to explore similar tunes. The exploration interface has been demoed a few times by Google, but it appears to already be available in the Play Store on tablets.


We've confirmed on several Nexus 7 tablets that the Explore Similar Artists button is right there next to the Buy button on artist pages. Tapping it opens a clean interface populated by floating circles. You can drag or tap along, following the lines of similarity from the artists you know, to those you might not. Each circle offers a brief description, preview tack, and wishlist access. The experience is very cool – it's like shuffling through a stack of physical LPs or CDs.

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There's no need to wait on Android 4.2 or an updated version of the Play Store. You just need to be on a tablet (Jelly Bean may be required); the Explore button appears to be missing from phones. With the expanding music catalog, this makes Google Play that much more useful for finding new tracks.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • skitchbeatz

    Google has been killing it over the past couple months.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      When reached out for comment, It's parents weren't happy about Google one bit.

    • Fatty Bunter

      I'd go so far as to say murderin' it.

  • elias iseid

    That's been there for the last couple of days........I thought that was an old feature lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, it's been there, probably since the 3.9.16 update.

  • jordanjay29

    It's not showing up on my ICS 4.0.3 TF101. Maybe it's only for Jelly Bean tablets? Or perhaps the market update hasn't occurred for me yet.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It should there in Play Store 3.9.16+. But I'm not sure if you need JB or not.

      • jordanjay29

        My build version is 3.9.16. Probably JB restricted then, unless perhaps another ICS Tablet user can see them.

        • John O’Connor

          Confirmed not seeing it on my GNOTE 10.1 with ICS. let me walk downstairs and check my transformer

          • jordanjay29

            Thanks @Johnhovah:disqus. Maybe AP can update the article with this information to discourage misplaced enthusiasm among ICS tablet owners.

      • impulse101

        I have jb 4.1.2 and 3.9.16 and i dont have this feature on my tablet

  • http://www.facebook.com/JorgeSGTree Jorge Ivan Sanchez Gonzalez

    I just want a redesigned app

    • Freak4Dell

      Me too, buddy...me too.

  • http://www.411droid.com Tyler

    I'm curious to try this out. Who here buys music from Google? Any thoughts on it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You can try it out without buying anything - just go to the Play Store app on a tablet.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Don't forget, Google also puts up a lot of free music each week and a free song about every day or so. A buddy of mine was just telling me last week that he hasn't bought a single song or uploaded anything, and he's got around 750 tracks in his collection.

    • dawn m. armfield

      I buy music from Google. It's easy and seamless. I always check whether it's cheaper at Amazon or not and I buy where it is. Then I upload to Google. I have a full 20Gb of music in my Google Music account (plus the free space for music I get from Google).

    • Wil Dobson

      I have now purchased more music through Google than from iTunes or Amazon. The free song of the day has been keeping me exploring.

      • Justin W

        ... There's a free song of the day? I obviously pay no attention to the splash page. I agree, though, I've purchased more songs from Play than I have from both Amazon and iTunes combined.

        Side note - if anyone's having issues reaching this new design, it's on the album page literally right next to the buy button. Took me forever to find it, but it's a sweet ass design and function.

    • qak

      I don't buy from google music. I do use it to discover music, as they frequently have categories with artists I wasn't aware of. And I do get the free song of the day a lot.
      But music purchasing for me is Amazon. It's way cheaper there. Most new albums are $5 the week they're release. Plus, this summer they offered full albums for 99 cents or 1.99 as daily deal, every day. I bought several.
      BUT after I download from amazon I stream them from google music. So, yeah.

  • Scott Donahue

    Works on my ASUS pad TF300T

  • Brian

    It works on my EVO View!

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Imagine if they did this for Google+ based on posting history, you could find awesome new people to follow in a great interactive way!

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Funny, I was just thinking about how much I really wanted this feature for movies and books... But the idea of having a better discovery engine for people sounds great.

  • Jelmer Borst

    Really really awesome! A big shame all those Google services aren't available in The Netherlands, I would definitely make use of it on my Nexus7