With all of the activity surrounding YouTube Red, including a brand new YouTube Music app, it seems like a good time for a Play Music update. Version 6.1 just landed and aside from a mysterious new "Auto-offline" feature and a bit of cleanup in the Settings screen, it looks like a pretty typical bug fix release. However, the teardown tells a different story. It looks like this version also brings support for the recently announced family plans and Android Wear speaker support. As usual, we've also got a download link at the bottom if you can't wait for the apk to roll out to your account. Read More
Podcasts have been a major part of mobile platforms for years, but Android has never had a native podcast listening experience... until now. Google has just announced podcast support in Play Music, and podcasters can start uploading shows to Google for approval right now. You won't be able to start listening right away, though. Read More
As a lover of a good bargain, I write a fair number of deal alert articles for AP. Recently, I have seen a few readers complain in the comments that they are tired of these pieces. But you know what, those readers are in the minority. Most of the feedback I receive is overwhelmingly positive. In fact, I've been told that the articles I write are of a quality you wouldn't get from any other guy.
Sorry to gush, but I just want to tell you all how I'm feeling. You readers mean everything to me. I promise that I won't ever post a lousy deal, because that would be a lie, and it might hurt you. Read More
The idea of using multiple phones as speakers to play the same music isn't new. It was popularized by Samsung's Group Cast way back in the Galaxy S3 days and has since gotten over that proprietary requirement thanks to third-party apps like SoundSeeder that made it possible to tune Android devices together, regardless of their brand. As a newcomer in the field, AmpMe has a lot to prove against tough and established competition. The app manages a few victories thanks to cross-platform compatibility, but loses in terms of services supported. For now, that's only SoundCloud, although the developers say more are coming. Read More
When it comes to streaming services, family plans are where it's at for many users — no one wants to pay a monthly fee for each user in their household. This is especially true for music streaming services, which is why things like Spotify's family plans and Apple Music's family options are popular options. And it's really the one thing missing from Google Play Music All Access in order to make it a great service.
Tomorrow, that will change. At the Nexus event, Google not only plans to take the wraps off of new Nexus phones, Chromecasts, and a lot more, but it will also announce a new family streaming package for All Access. Read More
The Android Police staff must not be very musically eclectic, because none of us had ever heard of Bleachers before we spotted another free album on the Play Store. But don't let our lack of broad influences keep you from getting some free music: Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 is now up for grabs. Just add it to your Google account and you'll be able to stream or download it to your Android devices for free, gratis, and nothing. As with most of these free albums, it's a bit of a coin toss as to whether you can download it for free outside the US. Read More
You know how you can press the little music icon while you're doing a Google voice search, and it will identify a song playing in the background Shazam-style? It looks like that functionality is making its way to the Android version of Google Play Music as well. A few of our readers and one Android Police staff member have seen the "listen for music" prompt while using the built-in search function in Google's default music player. It looks like this:
The tool appears to be independent of specific versions of Google Play Music or the Google search app, so we're probably looking at another Google A-B testing session with server-side functionality enabled. Read More
Jason Derulo is an artist who makes music and today his latest album, 'Everything Is 4', is free on Google Play. Here's the playlist.
As you can see it's the full album, however, it has been edited for the radio. So, if you enjoy your music without odd pauses and missing words you will have to shell out $8 for the explicit version of the album. On the plus side, you can listen to the free version of the album with your mom and grandma without being embarrassed. Yup, you can sit around the table for dinner with the matriarchs of your family and listen to tracks like, 'Get Ugly', 'Love Me Down', and 'Want To Want Me' with no fear of a naughty word making things awkward. Read More
In a rare twist, Google was quick to update a changelog on the Play Store, and this one is definitely worth it. Some big improvements have been made to the Chromecast (Google Cast) support in the latest update to Play Music, including some stability improvements, gapless playback, and continuous playback after a caster leaves the area. On top of that, a look inside turned up evidence that Google may soon allow users to "gift" subscriptions to other people. If you just can't wait to get the goods, we've got a download link at the bottom.
It's highly unusual, but a changelog was posted right away with the release of the latest update. Read More
Good news for those of you who love free stuff! Google is giving away some more albums on Google Play Music today. The two that are available are of completely different genres but share the same sweet price of nothing.
The first album is Play: Latin Vibes and features ten Latin songs by ten different artists including Ricky Martin. I listened to the first few songs, and I think it's a sweet mix that would be great to listen to while lounging poolside at a resort. Or, while basking in the flickering florescent lights of your cubicle while you eat a burrito from Chipotle. Read More