After a long period of neglect, Google recently started sprucing up its music app. It's getting to be quite a respectable experience with a snazzy card-based UI and Google Play All Access built-in. The new update still makes some long overdue improvements, but that's how we feel every time.

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Anyone who has waited for hours while Google Play Music caches songs will be happy to hear the highlight of this update is faster downloading. The app also includes new settings for managing mobile data usage and improved search. Here's the full list of changes:

  • Keeping music on device now much faster
  • New setting for mobile network bandwidth usage
  • Search quality improvements
  • Reduced data usage overall

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The update appears to be a staged rollout, but it should reach you before long. Take a look, and remember that you've still got time to get in on that $7.99 per month deal on All Access.

[Update] Here is the APK you can install manually if you don't want to wait (thanks, Ilya!):