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A small update was released to Google Play Music yesterday (the changelog just posted today), adding a brand-new feature to the service's radio function. You can now start radio stations based on playlists, as opposed to artists or songs. This will certainly be a welcome feature if you've already got a library of playlists set up, though if you don't utilize them there's probably not much of a reason to start.

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The new version, 5.4.1413N, should be available via the Play Store for most people at this point, but just in case you're not seeing it, you can download the APK directly at the mirror below. Google added genre-based radio stations to Play Music back in September, and "I'm feeling lucky" radio in October, so today's change just seems to be adding greater richness to the feature.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Moath Al Jammaz

    i love this App !

  • Nick

    Oh?

  • power_pizza

    Still no music store in Canada...

    • Wazzifer

      You people never fail to crack me up.

      • Tills13

        we share an economy, a culture, and a border, you'd think that we'd be right after the US in terms of product roll outs.

        • Aaron Berlin

          The obviously solution to this problem would be statehood. We'll be waiting for your application.

          • Tills13

            haha over our smoldering capital.

          • Ryan Osborne

            ok.. I'll bite, let Quebec leave, making QCQ its capital and you can burn that down. I'll be all set to pay 7.99 for All Access.

        • Floss

          Which is irrelevent since you don't share a even remotely common set of laws.

        • squiddy20

          I made this point when some other person whined and complained about this very thing: McDonalds was founded in the US in 1940. The first one in Canada? 1967. Similarly, the first Tim Horton's opened in Hamilton, Ontario (a hop, skip, and a jump away from US borders) in 1964. The first one in the US? 1984.

        • Ezzy

          I'd be very pleased that most of the American things don't cross over to Canada...for the rest, use a VPN :P

      • power_pizza

        What do you mean "you people"?!?

        • hp420

          Pretty sure he means "canadians"....that sure is what it looks like. Is calling people canadian offensive now, or something?? lol

          • squiddy20

            I thought it was a reference to Tropic Thunder (which I haven't seen), which itself is probably a reference to something else.

          • power_pizza

            Correct!

          • AbbyZFresh

            No because if you're on G+ checking for Google app updates, Canadians are by far the biggest complainers whenever another Music update comes up. It's always the very first comment on Google Music posts being "Still no Google Music for Canada."

          • chetankania

            If we complain enough, someone is bound to hear us.

      • AbbyZFresh

        I know exactly what you mean. 90% of comments on every G+ update on Google Music are spammed with "Still no music store in Canada". It's hilarious.

  • SSDROiD

    I can only hope one day that Google Play Music All Access comes to my country. The service only gets better and better and I want Google to shut up and take my money. This app came pre-installed on my device too, so every single update feels like it's mocking me by saying "Haha, you want me, but you can't have me!" :(

  • Peter Farac

    Does anyone know if there is a way to search by year in All Access in the app or the web?

    • Wazzifer

      Or sort albums by year.

      • remister

        This is the only feature that they need.

        • Pierre Gardin

          Would be nice if they could integrate the albums into a kind of biographic timeline, with important events in the life of the band.

          • dave birney

            yea thats something that always thought was strange. they are ordered by popularity? i would rather they were sorted like that but when you click on all albums that they would show as a timeline

      • kjnwds

        I wonder why are we supposed to pay 10$ a month to get a service that's so poor. I'm not saying they don't work at it at all, there may be improvements and under the hood changes, but the fact that the interface didn't change in years and the albums are still sorted erratically, and there's no way to sort them by year makes me very, very angry at big G. I cancelled the service and thinking about Spotify instead. Plus they have the Zeppelins. Companies should care more about their clients. Just a though.

        • Taylor00

          You know what else pisses me off? Some bands/musicians have a dedicated backdrop while the others have some random album cover displayed. I could really benefit of adding my own picture if I wanted to, or unify the whole thing. Such an eyesore. I wouldn't switch to any service though, mainly cause I like adding my own music if it's missing.

        • dave birney

          you could always upload your own zeppelins to google music though

    • Ezzy

      I'm still amazed, daily, how a search engine company's products all have a terrible search tools. Youtube, Play Store, Play music etc. adding filters is clunky, searches are totally messed up, lacking, sorting doesn't work at all etc. I've given up hope a long time ago...

  • Paul

    All access is the best thing I've ever spent money on. I am certainly glad that I got on board when it was $7.99 a month.

    • motoridersd

      I'm sad I preferred Spotify back then only to end up back on Google Music at $9.99.

    • hp420

      I did sign up when it was 7.99, but I didn't continue the service for several months after the trial, so I'm stuck paying 9.99 :(

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      • Kcls

        I did this too, and called up their CS line and got it set back to 7.99. Give it a shot!

        • Brendan

          What's the CS line? For future refrence,.

    • Justin McBride

      I certainly agree.. These little features are what are adding up and making the service complete. I've always wanted to start a radio off my playlists, and that's here. I can also save my data on T-Mobile now with the Pinning of radio stations.. It's even automatic! I pinned one last night after getting the update, went out and used it today without racking up my data, and when I got home (back on WiFi), it was already updating the station and downloading new songs (I'm assuming based on what I voted up or down).

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    • Jiggy

      It's been £7.99 for us stepchildren in good old Blighty, but still, I don't regret seeing that amount on my card statement every month.

    • dave birney

      yep. ive decided ill be paying for it monthly until i croke. the only thing missing for me is a desktop app thats lets you listen to offline music. its not a dealbreaker either

  • xxritcheyxx

    Very interesting

  • Mystery Man

    I hope they fixed I'm feeling lucky radio. Because looping after less than 10 songs is pretty dumb.

    • Grahaman27

      strange, my im feeling lucky radio is endless.

  • danishdhanshe

    GOOGLE! Y U NO GIVE INDIA SOME GOOGLE LOVE!

    • Roh_Mish

      They are giving some love. We don't have music and tv shows here. And getting TV show by paying is not my priority when sony and star themselves upload videos to youtube adfree. (Star is even in HD).

      • danishdhanshe

        Google opinion rewards?
        Google play all access?
        There are many things we don't have and I am waiting for google to give us some importance

        • Roh_Mish

          All access requires play music. I used it once at my cousins house in US and the quality is nice. Saavn provides just 128kbps but its ok for a free service. I want to see what apples iradio brings.

  • bees

    It also made external sd card storage start working on Android 4.3

  • Kevin Lavanne

    I'm still waiting for the gapless thing !

  • Pierre Gardin

    It could have concert recommendations like Last.fm had for ages. Or song suggestions for playlists. Or HTML5 audio.

    • Steve Williamson

      Doesnt it have html5 mode in the lab settings on desktop?

      and i dont know why you would want html5 audio within the mobile app.

      • Pierre Gardin

        It's unofficially disabled since December, though they haven't removed the option. Flash is buggy and crash-prone.

        I'm talking about the desktop version, yes. The one that's updated every 18 months or so.

    • Ezzy

      Or a bareable GUI, but it's Google, so that's out of the question...

  • lein

    if only the mobile/desktop app wont lag when you try to play a song

  • Devon Warren

    And now you can do anything you can with any other service combined into one. Hats off to you Google.

    • dave birney

      yea its really surprising that spotify or xbox music hasnt come out with a locker feature yet. thats the best part!

  • Deeco

    Why do they insist in adding these useless features?

    • Chris Lear

      How is it a useless feature?

      I've been waiting for this for a while now. I create a radio station based on a song to try and find new ones I might like, but find I only like a very limited few of the ones it plays.

      Now with those few that are similar, I can add them all to a playlist and use this playlist to find new ones, hopefully this will be more successful in finding me new songs I actually like, since it has me songs to compare.

    • ThatGuy247

      I totally disagree. This is one of the main features I've been asking for. In fact, I emailed Google about this feature, and they replied. 3 weeks later... BOOM! Not saying they did it because I emailed them, but I'm sooo glad they put it in.

  • Jeremy Luna

    I really wish they would take out the three dot menu on every track with a simple long press or something. I really don't like it taking out the great new look :/