What is this? Update Monday? Google's updates are becoming so prolific they cannot be contained by a single day of the week. Today the slow rollout of Google Play Music v5.6 has started, but before you get your hopes up, it's not a huge update. And no, it's not #materialyolo. There are still some notable changes, though.

What’s New

  • New switch in navigation slide-out to toggle between on-device and all music (moved from action bar dropdown)
  • New account switcher UI
  • Support for Android TV casting
  • New empty download queue UI
  • No longer works with Cheapcast
  • Authorized devices now (sort of) categorized
  • Device limits now set to maximum of 5 phones (still 10 overall)

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The headliner here is probably the change to device authorizations. You still get 10 devices, which you can deauthorize as needed, but only five of them can be phones. The rest can be any mix of computers, tablets, and other devices. The new sorted device list isn't populating correctly yet – phones other than the current one aren't showing up under phones. This is probably to limit sharing of streaming accounts. The Android TV support is interesting too, but there are only a few developer devices in existence and they don't work very well. Oh well, cheers to the future.

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The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.music-5.6.1608P.1252217.apk.

Version: 5.6.1608P.1252217 (Android 2.3+).

MD5: 0ac9049eb6fb797fa00d4386309aee44.

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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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Brad

    haha #materialyolo

    • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

      It's still #holyholo

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      just doesn't sound right

    • Kylecore


  • Theratchetnclank

    Is it wednesday already?

  • Ryan O’Neill

    OnePlus OnePlus One = 3

    • http://farukahmet.blogspot.com/ Faruk Ahmet

      Something confirmed

    • Spasillium

      /inb4 Half Life 3 confirmed

  • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport


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

        Artem, sorry for going off topic, but I just flashed Android L because I've been dying to know if the equalizer still lowers/messes up the volume if you move the sliders up. It doesn't! This may not sound like a big deal to anyone, but it has been literally killing me for ages. I can now pump up the bass and treble sliders and the EQ acts the way it should!

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

          Is there an open bug report about this? I've never heard of this issue before, and I don't really understand it.

          • Craig M

            I'm not sure Artem, but it's a complaint I see even over at XDA. While music is playing, if you raise the sliders on your EQ it actually decreases the volume level along with increasing the treble/bass. Putting the sliders back in the middle makes the music louder. On devices that have a mediocre max volume level, this behavior is extremely maddening.

          • Charlie

            I had this on two of my previous phones too. It was soooooo annoying. It went away when I switched to an Xperia Z1 though. i don't know if it is/was specific to Sony, but I have the overall feeling that Sony does music right. Even though it might have been Google doing music wrong and fixing it later, lol.

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

    Goodnight, sweet prince Cheapcast.


    • Tarun Pemmaraju

      Cheapcast never worked on my Nexus 5 or 7 anyway :(

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      this makes me sad. Maybe if I hold off on the update cheapcast will be updated to "fix" this

    • ynksbsbll2

      This must also explain why Cast to UPnP/DLNA for GMusic no longer works. I hope there's a workaround because I use this hours every day to stream Google Music to my XBMC install

      • RadarJammer

        Just noticed the same with Cast to UPnP on my Note 3. Very bad. I will keep the older .apk of GMusic to use it as I need some way to stream Music Unlimited to my Philips Fidelio A9 which is a DLNA client.

        • ynksbsbll2

          Just got this update from the developer:

          "Thank you for the report. Unfortunately this mean the app is dead for good with this version of Google Music and all future versions.
          There's no workaround as the app switched to the v2 Chromecast protocol and this cannot be emulated (true for Cheapcast as well)."

          • Martin Lehmann

            Yes, fully true! I just finished an app to emulate a Chromecast for AirPlay-devices, so you could have used your AppleTV etc. inside Google-Music. Worked well with GMusic, but now, this app is a dead-born baby. Press your thumbs there's a clever guy who can analyze the protocol and hopefully extract the secrets out of the Chromecast.

            As a workaround: Check out "AirAudio - AirPlay/DLNA/Chrome" which will stream ALL audio from ANY app on a rooted device.

          • ynksbsbll2

            That's actually the app I used prior to switching to Cast to UPnP. It worked pretty well, the only thing is XBMC sees it as a continuous stream and doesn't know the actual song that's playing so I miss out on artist backgrounds, CD Art, album information, etc. It just makes everything look so much nicer, so I'm sticking with an old version of Play Music for the time being.

      • Roh_Mish

        I never got the update so soon before but this time it updated automatically. Didn't know this is now broken till then. Sad

  • Milton P.

    Still waiting for true Gap-less and Cross-fade, please Google, I'm begging you... What do you want from me?!

    • Marcell Lévai

      Or just better performance, in general.

      • ReyMaxwin

        And support for playing uploaded Flacs without encoding to mp3's.

    • Nick

      I would add proper audio normalization for uploaded music to that list.

      • Pierre Gardin

        I would add having albums sorted by release date.

        • Godspoken

          Yes please! Beats Music's music sorting is the best part about it.

    • Marcus

      I'd like them to give us the ability to use the website to save an album or song to a certain device. Not to mention have a database or option or something to see what songs you have kept on your phone/tablet and sync them back to the device in the event you have to replace your phone or just like to factory reset it from time to time (you all know why this would need to be done)

      Actually in general make it easier to save JUST A SONG to your device and not go through one hundred screens or trickery to do so.

    • Justin W

      Lets not forget saved locations across devices. I just want to continue a playlist where I left off!

      • akshay7394

        yeah, like the Android Wear promo ad!

        Just, you know, not the same song again and again and again and again and again

        • Justin W

          That was a little different though... It was all running from his Nexus 5, so it was all at the same device, but I want to be able to pause music on my phone, and start on my PC or my Tablet (or Android TV's Music app if that happens) without having to search through the playlist or hope the radio station has the same songs in it.

      • Fabio Chinnici

        I just wanna thumbs-up or thumbs-down directly from the notification tray! Is it so difficult to implement?

        • Justin W

          Oh, and lets not forget, I do NOT want to hear thumbs-downed songs the next time I play music from the same damn radio station!

    • Barry Ward

      You don't have gapless? Gapless was one of the things I first checked for when checking out the service. I wouldn't have subscribed if it didn't have it.

    • gspida

      I would like to search for other user's public playlists within the app. Why do they tease me with just the featured ones?

    • Casin

      I don't know about gapless, but for some reason, GM on my S4 cuts off the last few seconds of most songs and skips to the next one.

    • https://soundcloud.com/goodvibestribe a.d.AM

      You mean you dont like listening to a dj mix that pauses for a second right before the beat drops as to remove all the anticipation and fluidity to the music??? Hogwash.

    • Kevin Lavanne

      OMG YES !!!!!

  • Maff Mace


    • Spasillium

      On the other end, Pushbullet works perfectly :)

  • http://asszem.blog.hu Andras Olah

    I wonder if the music playback error on LG G2 devices since the KitKat upgrade was fixed with this update.

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

      I saw someone else comment that it's fixed.

      • enoch861

        No way!? If it really is, that'll keep me from switching to Spotify anytime soon.
        The T-Mobile G2 did also get an update.

    • PolarBear

      Yep, the issue appears fixed on my LG G2!

  • Vinícius Philot

    Will Google ever implement local library streaming to Chromecast? Play Music doesn't work in basically anywhere but US/CN, and this is a pain. I'm currently using My Cloud Player for local and soundloucd library casting purposes but damn it's so buggy

    • Phil Oakley

      Play Music works in more countries than US/Canada. Full list: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/2843119?hl=en

      • Vinícius Philot

        Ok, you got your correction. It works nowhere but some very specific countries in the northern hemisphere which are usually developed. No love for the third world.

        • Nicholas McDonald

          Yeah.. The last time I checked Australia and New Zealand were not in the northern hemisphere. And fyi those 'very specific counties' you're referring to is generally known as 'Europe.'

          • Charlie

            He's still right though. Third world/developing countries tend to get left out. Even though Google is now all about "emerging markets". Well when it comes to the availability of their apps, their app/media downloading store and their devices, they pretty much ignore most of the emerging markets. And really how hard would it be to support DLNA? Why I gotta buy a $35 dollar stick to stream something that should be streamable through an already fairly established standard?

            I have a Music Unlimited subscription, but I'd much rather have Google just support DLNA instead of all this casting. I don't watch TV and I don't wanna have to buy a TV so that I can stream to it. But now I gotta use weird apps that stop working with every new release of GPM for my songs in GPM and switch over to Sony Walkman player (which supports DLNA!) for everything else. For a company that does no evil, they should stop pushing that Chromecast down my throat.

            I could always login into GPM on my PC and use other weird apps to control it and enjoy a super annoying music listening experience. How about a simple way to control my music that is playing on my PC without having to shell out for (a) new device(s). They don't want SD cards but I have to buy a Chromecast? Google sure is getting picky/greedy.

          • Nicholas McDonald

            Listen Charlie you and I will just have to agree to disagree. What I've stated isn't an opinion, they are facts. He said that Play Music works "nowhere but some very specific countries in the northern hemisphere." Show me where I'm wrong and i'll concede.

            As for your other questions I'm afraid I don't have an answer to those. As far as I'm aware most apps nowadays support Chromecast rather than DLNA directly.

            But you see that's the beauty of choice. You don't *have* to buy anything that you don't want to. Some people have a very credible reason for buying things like an Apple TV, Xbox One, or even a Chromecast to steam their content through. Some of those people just prefer a super simple and unified user experience. If you don't think that applies to you then don't act like you're entitled to it.

            Lastly, I wouldn't consider a $35 dollar device, or better yet, a utility to be a sign of a company being 'evil', 'greedy', or 'picky.' Especially considering that it is one of the cheapest alternatives on the market. And yes, I have a LG G3 and I use both SD cards and a Chromecast. You can look at that any way you want, but I certainly don't see Google preventing me from using one or the other.

          • Charlie

            I didn't say you're wrong, I said he's right. And he is partially right, no love for the third world. I live in the Netherlands and even here the services are finally starting to kinda work well, can't buy a watch on Google Play store yet though. For YEARS the only way to buy an app was to use a credit card, which is totally not popular here. For a long time that was one of the pros of iOS, the gift cards. And I still haven't seen them anywhere here.

            But you're right also: I haven't bought a Chromecast. So true, I can just choose to buy it or to pass on it.

            I'm just saying that for a company that can be so "open source loving", Chromecast isn't that open at all. And it's just unnecessary, IMO. YouTube leanback does the exact same thing without a dongle. On PCs, TVs and I've even tried it on my phone and it semi-worked.

            I'm not attacking you or your opinion. And I didn't say you were wrong, you both have a point. I don't mind paying for services that are great (GPM All Access), I'm just disappointed in the way Google had chosen to implement this casting thing. And I'm voicing my opinion about it. Probably because I've put Google on to high of a pedestal and now it can't live up to my expectations. But what's wrong with expecting great things when it comes to a company you've grown to like and respect so much?

          • Charlie

            And I'm not entitled or feel entitled to anything. There are things that I would like more if they worked differently and things that I think would work better if they were implemented differently. We're all "entitled" to our opinion, you're right on that bit. I was just voicing mine.

          • Nicholas McDonald

            I saw your original comment, not this one. I'm not entirely sure why you deleted but I'm sure you had your reasons. Anyhow you posted some really valid points which I agreed with.

            It's good to expect more from a company even more so when they've consistently set such a high standard and have such a large following.

            Back to this comment. Yeah.. I know that the way I phased that sentence made it seem like I was singling you out, but I wasn't. It applies to everyone, myself included. If we see value in the things we want then usually we will pay what we believe it's worth. I personally think the Chromecast is worth what it is, if only for the simplicity and convenience of not having to do fiddle with or setup anything.

            You obviously don't think this way, and that's fine too. I'm in the UK so obviously I get where you're coming from. We also had to wait a while before we saw much of the other parts of the play store (devices, music, movies, etc.). Things like this are a gradual process and with every country that doesn't have X, you can be sure it's less to do with Google and more to do with content providers, legislation or some other hitch in the system.

            Unfortunately, when it comes to overall sales the third world hasn't a big part of that picture, hence why it takes a longer time to get content to those places. It's all about supply and demand.

  • Phil Oakley

    That music app that was showed off a few times during I/O...was that Play Music or AOSP Music?

  • Mass Effect

    still like spotify much more for some reason

    • Ambroos

      I still can't decide and switch between the two every few months.

      Spotify looks great, the desktop apps are awesome, the mood playlists are cool and the social aspect is much better.

      Play Music has much better discovery (thanks to listen now), uploading your own music to the cloud instead of having to do LAN sync is a huge advantage, you can edit metadata for everything, the play queue management is great (it really sucks on Spotify), ...

      They all have their merits. Play queue management and Listen Now always make me switch to Play Music, while the better apps (mobile and desktop) make me switch to Spotify.

      • Iontly

        Waiting for windows app.

      • JJ

        To me, play queue management is awful on Google play music. I want to be able to add to the queue without them being added way to the end of the shuffle. On Spotify this works perfectly.

        • miri

          That's what the play next button's for.

        • remister

          You can reorder the queue on the fly with GPM. Spotify really has very bad queue management.

      • Adrien Assadian

        I'm loving the lack of social features in Play Music. I couldn't care less about what people are listening to, and I keep my guilty pleasures to myself.

    • Shawn Parks

      I like that I can have multiple people use one Spotify account. To do that with Play Music I have to log into my whole Google Account on each device

      • Vidfreek

        Yep that's nice, I just log in as me on Spotify on my wife's phone and nothing else is touched, we share an account and usually can play without pausing the other, would be nice to get some family accounts like Beats started to do for a bit more money, I'd pay $15 a month to get access for my wife and me at the same time on the same account/playlists

    • Mass Effect

      I just resubed to google music. You guys got me interested to check it out again. I'm glad google is actively improving it.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Why is "Connect to device" text color brighter? Looks weird

  • remister

    I am waiting for the update to designate albums and singles, plus putting them in chronological order; at least.

  • http://nopenopenope.nope Ryuuie

    Before anyone asks where the Android L stuff are, it was said during one of the I/O tracks that the native Google apps WON'T be ready for Android L until the final release in Fall 2014. So don't hold your breath for it.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Am I the only one that misses this Play Music UI?

    • nxtiak


    • Guilherme Caneschi

      It was really good, but it's old, too much ~holo~, don't want it back, definitely.

      • Sir_Brizz


    • Simon


      P.S. Bro do you even #material??

      • Open1Your1Eyes0

        Well obviously if #material was available, then all bets are off. :)

    • Daniel Lewis

      Eyes are bleeding, no thanks.

    • Joseph Lampke


    • Roh_Mish

      I looked that coverflow ui in landscape recent

    • Gregor Smith

      The 4.0/4.1 play screen was great, press album art and it slid into show artist and album info, push that and you're taken there, no messing around in menus

    • Godspoken

      Wasn't a fan. I used to avoid the default music app like a plague and bought both PowerAmp and some other third-party music player.

  • burntcookie90

    still waiting on them to fix the goddamn up button...

  • quick

    I tried as long as I could to stick with Google Music but the audio quality issues when mobile and the lack of a "syncronized queue" I just can't live without.

    Back to Rdio again, Google is going to have to do something really special to make me change again.

  • Goneeuro

    What is that download/upload thing in the to right corner?

  • rasty++

    O.t. anyone with google search apk 6.30.14?

  • Rony

    while we're talking about google music; can someone explain me what i'm doing wrong?
    what for is thumbs down in there? whenever i use it the song come back in no time.

    so how can i remove any song permanently? thanks for heads up.

  • satuim

    How about letting us get the music files from Google Play Music. This is the #1 reason why GPM will never replace CDs and the iTunes Store.

    • Ambroos

      It's streaming... You can get the files for your own uploaded music and for purchased music.

      You can't download from Spotify or iTunes Radio without paying for each track either, can you?

      • satuim

        Last time I checked the music was locked into the Google Play app.

    • Godspoken

      Then you would own the music, which defeats the point of a subscription service. It would be like downloaded .mkv files from Netflix. Regardless, on any streaming service worth it's salt (and this includes GPMAA), you can download the files to your device for playing only in it's designated app.

  • Jonathan Seymour

    I keep hoping that one of these updates will allow downloading to external SD card on my old galaxy s2, but it never happens...

  • Markus Ressel

    The slide-out menu stutters like hell on my LG G2 :/
    Also I want true Gap-less! Please Google!

  • Jaggari

    Looks like you have an Android TV ADT-1. Could you post the Google Cast apk for testing on 4th Gen LG Google TV?

  • curtis

    Yes!! this fixes the Google Now command 'play some music'. Before it would get an error as I have no online music.

  • Sir_Brizz

    Why the change to the streaming? You can only stream one at a time right now, unless they have finally change that idiotic limitation, in which case I say good deal.

    • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

      I can play on two smartphone at the same time

      • Sir_Brizz

        Oh, sweet. They did finally fix this. Okay, whatever :p

        • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

          Or at least my mp3 that I have uploaded to Google, because I don't use the all access yet

  • bL4Ck

    that grey bar when browsing offline music... why google, why you do that.

    • Gregor Smith

      Urgh, that big "DOWNLOAD ONLY" banner is hideous. and it still doesn't update play counts etc on the web side

    • Charlie

      I think it's a preview of "Material design", "It's like paper", "it's instinctual", "it mirrors the materials around us". = It's in my way and I'm losing screen real estate to something that's fairly unnecessary. Google likes to go overboard with some of it's design elements, i.e.: Tron Honeycomb, cards for everything (the use of cards in the document picker is super inefficient, finding a not so recent picture takes forever) and now Material design. I loved all these design elements, but sometimes Google could've held back on the throttle a little.

  • Jiggy

    And in the meantime, Nexus 4 bug of wrong track info on lockscreen still there. F**k you Google!

  • Ivan Martinez

    At this point, I'd give a testicle for Smart Playlists

  • Jeffrey Starke

    playlist sorting and duplicate handling would be nice...

  • Hassan Shareef

    Why the album art is no longer moving?

  • Charlie

    DLNA please, I'm so sick of all this Cast sh...

  • NetSylvain

    Despite having downgraded to Google Play Music v5.5, my Cast to UPnP/DLNA for Gmusic still doesn't work... Any idea? If I can't cast my stash of Google Music on my home stereo system, I'll have to move to some other cloud-music storage...

  • Rajat Raj

    Guys i have updated my google play music to lstest version but still there is no any option came out that should be in the new version.. Like refresh button or only downloaded option and many i have many times uninstall all the updates of it..and again updated it..but still having trouble to find recently downloaded music..plz help me...mail me at [email protected]

  • Rajat Raj

    See this also

  • Anton Voloshin

    It's v5.6.1608P.1252217
    I have v5.6.1623P.1416251 on my KitKat Nexus 5. Do those numbers matter?