Google Play Music's Songza-powered contextual playlists first went live way back in October of 2014, but at the time, it was only in the US and Canada. A larger, international rollout has apparently been on Google's "to-do" list since (the UK did get them shortly after, though), and it appears that in the last few days users in a handful of countries have seen the feature pop up. Right now, we're aware of contextual playlists for Play Music going live in Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and South Africa - but there are quite possibly more countries that should be in the list or will be added soon. Read More
If you want to take in the sights and sounds of your destination while you vacation, Google and TripAdvisor have just the thing for you: playlists for popular travel spots on Play Music. And if you aren't yet a subscriber, those who download TripAdvisor now are eligible for a two-month free trial to Play Music's paid service.
To find a playlist, you don't have to do anything more than search for a city on TripAdvisor. A Play Music widget will appear with a music suggestion, if one exists.
Obviously, you can enjoy this feature even if your travel plans are more aspirational than realistic. Read More
Despite some technical objections, T-Mobile's unlimited video streaming option Binge On has proven to be a hit with the company's customers, just as the audio equivalent Music Freedom was before it. With these two programs, T-Mobile customers aren't charged against their data caps for watching or listening on participating services. Today Binge On expands to a few new services, and existing Music Freedom services are adding at least some video content to Binge On. Read More
Google is on a crusade against search bars. Or so it seems to us at least. Late last year, the Play Store received an interface revamp that dumped the green search bar in favor of an overlaid grey bar with a hamburger menu, a voice search icon, and the words Google Play in grey that disappeared as soon as you started typing. Then a few days ago, it changed Play Books' search bar to a look that sits somewhere in the middle, with the blue bar switching into the grey one when you tapped to search.
Now it's Play Music's turn. Read More
Duran Duran released their first album in 1981. That's before I was born, and yet, some of their music is still popular and relevant today. Hits like, 'Hungry Like The Wolf' and 'Rio' (full disclosure: those are the only two Duran Duran songs I know off the top of my head) still get air time on oldies stations and Rock Band games.
35 years later they're still making new music. I had no idea they were even still together. Their latest album, Paper Gods, was just released in September last year and today you can get it free on Google Play Music. Read More
Google once again is handing out free music on Google Play. This time, the album is one that a lot of you may actually want, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory. Linkin Park was a huge deal back in my high school years, and their song, In The End, must have played about a thousand times on my car's radio. Well, the album is free today, and you too can listen to it and relive some memories.
Here's a complete list of the songs on the album.
- One Step Closer
- With You
- Points Of Authority
- By Myself
- In The End
- A Place For My Head
- Cure For The Itch
- Pushing Me Away
I could say some more about this giveaway, but in the end, it doesn't even matter – so why bother. Read More
Google's "Monotune" Android commercial is pretty cool. The musical analogy is interesting (and it ties in well with Google's "be together, not the same" marketing campaign), but there's an impressive technical aspect to it as well. The producers modified a grand piano so that all 88 keys were turned to middle C, so that pianist Ji-Yong Kim could really play the music using a single note. As cool as that commercial is, they might have taken things a bit too far with the latest promotion: an entire album of music played with that one-note piano. Read More
I'm still wondering who was really asking for a remake of the original Footloose, but if you enjoyed the 2011 version, the soundtrack probably had a lot to do with it. The movie's licensed music, most of which isn't available in single tracks, is now free on the Google Play Store. As with most of these free albums, your mileage may vary - it's a free download in the United States, but may not be available elsewhere. The 2014 album Kuntry Livin' from rap/country fusion group Big Smo (cringe) is also free today. Read More