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YouTube Music v3.03 and earlier: Device limits, personal audio library, autoplay, and more [APK Teardown]

With YouTube Music set to eventually replace Google Play Music entirely — the last GPM update with any appreciable change was a year ago — the developers are in the process of migrating features  so users won't be left wanting for too much. Since the last several versions have only contained minor visual tweaks and some of the signs of feature migration, we've been waiting for something more substantial to cover, and with the version number jumping to 3.0 and adding Android Auto support, this seemed like a good time. This post will contain the collective changes and teardown topics from the last few versions.

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Don't migrate to YouTube Music if you want to keep your Google Play Music child accounts

Looking to migrate your Google Play Music subscription to YouTube Music? You may want to hold off if you have Kidz Bop listeners (read: children) linked to your account. Following your transition, those accounts will no longer be functional.

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[Update: Working again] Google Play Music is down for some, thinks 'too many devices' are linked to affected accounts

We're currently getting tips reporting a bug that's causing Google Play Music to be unusable. "Too many devices used with music library" is the message users are getting, regardless of how many they actually have linked in their account.

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Google Maps music integration and Commute tab begin rolling out

A few days ago, the Google Maps team announced a host of changes to its app, starting with a new Commute tab that groups driving and transit directions together, as well as a new media player integration while navigating. The changes have begun showing up now via a server-side update. We've spotted both features on Google Maps 9.88 beta, though it's possible you might see them on older versions of the app too.

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Google posts guide to fix overlapping YouTube and Play Music subscriptions

It's been a volatile time for Google's streaming services. YouTube Red was rebranded as YouTube Premium in May and YouTube Music Premium was launched, which lacked some features found on Google Play Music. The product team held an AMA to calm some of the anger behind it all. Amid the confusion, it’s possible users might have subscribed to memberships with the same services. To help customers sort out their subscription mess and save some money, Google posted a YouTube Help document detailing the various feature sets and steps to take for remedying duplicate music accounts.

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Google Maps adds Commute tab, in-app controls for Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music

In early September, we spotted Google Maps' new Commute tab — a section that takes over from the Driving and Transit tabs to provide a more robust view of your daily commute to work or school. That change is now rolling out globally on Android and iOS, along with several other updates to make routine travel easier, including in-app controls for three of the most popular music streaming apps — Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music.

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YouTube Music Premium gains audio quality controls, product team holds AMA [APK Download]

In February, we posted a teardown that revealed audio quality controls for YouTube Music Premium much like those in Google Play Music. The settings remained inaccessible, however, until an app update on Friday, Sept. 21st. YouTube Music Premium users can now set the quality for audio downloads for both wifi and mobile data. These controls mirror the options available in Play Music, which have been available for nearly two years.

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Google Home playback issues with Play Music purchases have apparently been fixed

Slightly over a year ago, an update was pushed to the Google Home that allowed users to play purchased tunes from Play Music. Issues with the feature cropped up almost immediately, and Google engineers have been going back and forth with users since. At long last, the company says it has finally fixed all playback issues.

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9 of our favorite tech deals this week: Chromebooks, UE BLAST, and more

So far, July's been a whirlwind of deals for the budget-minded tech shopper. Amazon's latest Prime Day may be firmly in our rear window, but the offers have very much not let up, and the past week has been chock full of additional opportunities to save some cash on your favorite gear. Let's take a look at some of the better offers to surface over the last few days:

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[Free Alert] Paula Abdul ICON, jazz sampler, and more albums are gratis on Google Play Music

Google recently started handing out free music via Play Music again, and we're glad to see the trend back. Almost none of the music is the kind that most of us usually listen to, but hey, free is free. This time around, we've got a pretty wide variety, from jazz to Dutch pop.

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