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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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4 of our favorite tech deals this week: V-MODA headphones, big eBay sale, free music, and more

We're just hours away from one of the biggest shopping days in the world of online deal-finding, as Amazon gets ready to kick off its annual Prime Day savings this coming Monday, July 16. But even as so many of us get ready to snag those offers the moment they land, there's still been some decent deal action in the days leading up to Prime Day. Let's take a look at some of the better sales to arrive this past week.

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[Freebie Alert] 9 more albums have dropped to free on Google Play Music

The free albums keep on coming on Google Play Music. First, there were twelve ICON albums geared toward country music, then a mix of nine pop and country records, and today we have nine more titles that have dropped to the nice price of free. The majority seems to be rock, alternative, or metal, but there's a bit of pop and country too — something for everyone.

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8 of our favorite tech deals this week: Chromebooks, cheap Pixels, free music, and more

It was just Independence Day in the States, and normally a holiday week threatens to be a slow period for tech news. But even with workers taking a few days off, the discounts and sales have shown no sign of slowing down, and this week we've got a bumper crop of offers for you to peruse.

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