12
Nov
music

Google just released an update for Play Music that brings a number of small, but desired features to the application. The biggest of the bunch is probably gapless playback support, a must-have for the more audio-conscious among us. Other than that, this new version also adds the ability to keep thumbs up, last added, and free/purchased music locally on the device, automatic playlist creation based on your favorite tracks, and other improvements.

What's in this version:

v4.4.811H
* Added ability to keep Thumbs Up, Last Added, and Free and Purchased playlists on device.
* Auto-generated Instant Mixes on Recent tab based on your favorite songs.
* Gapless playback support.
* Improvements for keeping music on your device for offline playback.

The update is available in the Store now, so hit the widget to 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.

  • johnnX

    Nice! Would love the apk for this!

  • mechapathy

    Sweet baby Jesus! Finally! As a fan of prog rock, this is a must-have.

  • Scott

    Now if only they'd restore the ability to easily go from the "Now playing" screen to more by the same artist/album. They completely broke this functionality in a previous update and going to more by the same artist is now a hassle with multiple taps and even some scrolling required. Fix this please, Google!

    • same

      I usually end up having to search for the band name again. I'm glad someone else noticed this ridiculous annoyance. How do you go back to, say, that same band's albums?

      • Scott

        There may be an easier way but usually I have to click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the Now Playing screen to bring up the music queue. Then if you scroll up the list slightly, you'll see that the current song is the next item up the list. Click on the little arrow in the lower right corner of that song listing and choose "More by artist" to bring up their list of albums. That's like 3 clicks and some scrolling. I used to be able to do this with just one or two clicks!

        • same

          Awesome, that beats my method. Thanks man

  • Sqube

    Ahem.

    FUCKING FINALLY ON THE GAPLESS PLAYBACK.

    That is all.

    • Tommy Thompson

      I don't see where to turn gapless playback on...

      • Thomas

        As far as i know it's always been supported, the issue just is if you're streaming music from the cloud it doesn't start buffering the next track until it has reached the end.

        I guess this change just makes it prebuffer the next track so it can do gapless playback on online music too.

      • burntcookie90

        It's always on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

      Made my day haha:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023336189 Andrew Graceffa

    Finally gapless playback!

  • Sebastian Görick

    aaaaand on midnight its available in germany too :D :D

    • Fran

      In Spain as well. I can't wait = D

  • Brian Inglut

    This might be a dumb question with an obvious answer but can some one explain what gapless playback is?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      No pause between songs, much like we were used to on real, hard-copy albums. You'll see your CD player move on to track 2, but it's a seamless switch between tracks. So for live, unedited concerts, for instance, or comedy shows, the tracks frequently flow directly into one another. Without gapless playback there's a pause of a second or two as it loads and starts playing the next track, so you get that effect of a seamless album ruined. Gapless playback preloads the next track and starts playing it instantly.

      Really important for getting a true album experience.

      • Tommy Thompson

        So is it just automatically on then?

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          I haven't yet used the update, so can't confirm, but I would assume so as I've never heard any arguments AGAINST gapless playback, so it seems pointless not to make it the standard.

          • Tommy Thompson

            Okay, I think I may have confused crossfade with gapless there for a bit..

          • Ian Santopietro

            Yup, seems to automatically play gap-less where appropriate.

            Actually, it's probably just playing everything gap-less, and letting the track handle gaps (with the silence before/after sound in non-gap-less tracks).

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Makes sense, which is arguably the "right" way to do it. It's how it would work on a physical copy.

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      i think its were the songs play back to back with no pause in the music for the track to change. its a smoother transition from song to song.

    • Neville Dipale

      Ability to play music without the one second pause when changing tracks. Useful for when listening to live albums

  • http://richworks.in Richie

    wow.. they made it available in country.. how amazing!

    the music player has an amazing UI in the notification area.. bloody awesome!

  • Mason King

    Gap-less playback isn't working on mine? Is it jelly bean only or something?

    • Robert Grimm

      I'm on JB. It isn't doing it for me. I haven't yet found an option to turn it on.

      • Jonathan Wong

        It should be always on if you've updated to the latest version of Google Music.

  • Warren Jones

    How about some crossfading support!

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

    And now I can download it off the play store in the UK!

  • daveloft

    The update appears to have reduced the resolution of my album art and now looks terrible on my Nexus 7.

    • John O’Connor

      Is there auto-updating of album artwork yet? I am a little tired of having half of my songs with "The Bangles" as their cover art. I certainly do not want to go through each of my 15k+ songs manually on gMusic through a web browser to fix each one. (For the record the only Bangles song currently in my vast collection is Manic Monday... I don't see how that necessitates 8k+ album covers)

      • Rovindra Singh

        John I am with you man, so sick and tired of seeing all my songs displaying one single album art cover! It's frustrating and no they have not fixed that as yet. I'm so meticulous with my music that I painstakingly go on the web interface and manually fix them. Keeping my fingers crossed for the Music Matching that they're saying we'll get for free so I won't have to do all of this tedious work anymore. Surprisingly UK is getting this feature come tomorrow and US is "soon", oh well.

  • mrsbelpit

    It's still gapping for me, what am I doing wrong :/

  • Fatty Bunter

    "Added ability to keep Thumbs Up, Last Added, and Free and Purchased playlists on device."

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    Yeah I noticed an update notification on my phone today. I never update the app because I never use it. Does anyone know how to remove some apps that are installed by default and you cannot remove by conventional means? For example, I want the email and GMail app removed. I use Hotmail and Outlook.com's web interface, and used to use the Hotmail app until I needed space.

    • Rovindra Singh

      You can always disable the apps that you don't want showing up. This however only works with Android 4.0 and up. You just go to "Settings" and tap on "Applications", scroll to the desired app ex. Gmail and there's an option to disable it. Did that for the Stock Browser on my Galaxy Nexus as I much preferred Chrome. It's also good to note that disabling an app removes everything, even the widgets that come with it - very handy feature in my opinion.

      • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

        I have a problem though -- I use Android 2.3. I use Dolphin Browser as my default browser, because I believe it's even faster then Chrome and it offers more standards support. You are welcome to look into it.

        • hdrr

          Depending on the launcher you are using you can uninstall by adding the app from your drawer to a homescreen, then long press the shortcut and drag it to the trash bin/'x' mark as if you were going to remove it, but leave it hovering there for a little longer until text pops up saying 'uninstall'. Release the press, and the uninstall dialogue will come up, and hey presto you get the crapware off your device. I know this works with launcher pro (have to do it every time I do a software update and Vodafone decide to put their trial version games back on to my sgs2).

          • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

            I'm using the LGL75C, which is a 2.3 device. I am pressing and holding the icon over the trash bin nothing happens besides the trash can turning red. Am I doing it wrong? Thanks for your help so far.

          • hdrr

            I've used this method on gingerbread, so it should work. (Unless LG have hobbled your phone somehow.) I've also used GO launcher (free version) to do this, so you could download that from the Play store and see if that works...

  • JonJJon

    Play Music is live in the UK online now, has been for about 20 or so mins, get uploading! :) https://play.google.com/music/listen

    • PiLoT

      what about the matching service?

    • PiLoT .

      What about the matching service?

      • JonJJon

        I was wondering that too :-/ no idea

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

    Gapless playback appears to be working for me #FLAWLESSVICTORY! This goes without saying, but for those that are having problems with gapless playback, are your audio files encoded with gapless playback enabled? Now a days it should be the default setting, but I still come across music that is not encoded properly or is encoded using old codecs that don't have this turned on by default.

    As a fan of Progressive Metal, it was driving me crazy that it has taken them this long to finally enable it. I thought the day would never come.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

      Actually, I take it back, Gapless playback is not 100% gapless, but its better than what we had before, which was an awkward pause between tracks. Now, it just stutters between songs. Hopefully Google fixes this. I think this might also have to do with my AAC tracks being transcoded by Google Music into MP3, which is wack!

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

        I read you have to have Jelly Bean for gapless to work.

        • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

          I have Android 4.2 on my Galaxy Nexus. Again, it's not 100% gapless like on an iPod, but it's better than it was before. Instead of there being a gap like before the update, there is a stutter between songs.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    Teardown done. Nothing new.

  • wilks

    At least I can now download the player in Australia, but still getting the unsupported screen online :'(

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

    I read that it's only gapless playback for Jelly Bean users. Maybe update the story?

  • matt

    Does anyone know how to disable instant playlists, or atleast make them not show up on my recent screen? It's annoying to see all they random playlists when I'm just trying to go through my library

  • issieman

    it all sounds great till I discovered that I could not save my offline songs to SD card. streaming is great if you have unlimited bandwidth. oh by the way the songs that are saved offline are not mp3... if you have limited internal storage then you are screwed. if Google has its way it wants to get rid of microsd cards all together.

    by the way Apple /Google/Microsoft are all guilty of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.sachs.39 Joshua Sachs

    No ability to use SDCard... Use Doubletwist instead. Uses SDCard, just have to toss your ID3Tag edited mp3 files in the 'Music' Folder right in the SDcard. Doubletwist is also a HELL of a lot smoother than Google Music when looking through your albums.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000072662588 Andrew Neigel

    I fucking HATE instant mixes. It clutters up everything. And why the hell does it put the wrong album art on my music. I've got ICE CUBE on songs by Wierd Al, and music by Jonny Lang listed as being by Biz Markie, yet with a picture of marvin gaye.

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