A fresh release of Play Music is going out to devices, and it brings a bit more consistency to another one of Google's apps. Now the navigation menu that extends from the side of the screen will reach up through the notification bar.

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Left: Old, Right: New.

That's not the only element of the interface that's reaching upwards. When you go to play a track, you will find that the album artwork extends to the top of the screen as well.

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Ditto.

Some of the visual adjustments have more to do with branding than appearance. Pretty much every instance of "All Access" has been removed in favor of variations of "Google Play Music Unlimited." You can see "Get Unlimited Music" at the bottom of the sidebar if you're not already a subscriber, and you will also see it at first launch.

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And now when you tap the search icon, the keyboard automatically pops up.

If you notice any additional changes, be sure to let us know.

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File name: com.google.android.music-5.8.1835R.1777180-1835-minAPI14.apk

Version: 5.8.1835R.1777180 (1835) (Android 4.0+)

MD5: 700dda0c655135dcd0bf62ceb2cd9ddc