Posts tagged with: Google Play Music
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    Back when Google first introduced its Play Music All Access service, with unlimited "radio stations", I signed up, eager to try it out. After taxes the service cost me US$8.51/month - the same as my Netflix subscription. I quickly found that I didn't listen to music as much as I thought I did, and cancelled the service, pocketing the money to spend on other things. Friends and co-workers swore by various streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Songr, Rdio, SoundCloud, and others, but I didn't like gobbling up my data to play my music (even though T-Mobile later made all that free). ...

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    Have your cached and downloaded Google Play Music songs been randomly disappearing from your Android app lately? If you answered yes to that question, your phone probably has a microSD card slot. And this is a noted Google Play Music bug, not just some strange issue affecting your phone. The good news? Google is aware of the issue, and is working towards solving it and releasing an update that fixes it. One user, after facing the issue, decided to contact Google Play Support about the issue. And here's the lengthy response they received (the gist of it is: this is not normal behavior, ...

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    The battle between streaming music services is heating up once again, as Apple Music gets ready to go live at the end of the month. While Apple's entry may be getting all of the recent headlines, its competition isn't about to take the arrival of this new threat lying down, and they're looking to do all they can to keep the public's attention. Today Google has a solid chance of doing just that, as it announces a new ad-supported version of Google Play Music. It used to be that the free component of Play Music was its role as a locker for storing your own personal library of tracks, and ...

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    Keeping your media in the cloud can be a great convenience: pick up the latest movie on Google Play, and you can watch it as easily on your smartphone as you can on your PC, or even living room TV. At least, it's really easy when you acquire the media through the service that hosts it, but what about stuff you're uploading yourself? This week, we get to check out a couple new tools from big names in cloud-based media, each making it easier to add your own content to their cloud offerings. Even if you're not paying for Google Play Music, there are still a lot of great free features, and ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartphones are magical pieces of technology. From something as benign as an iPhone to a device as futuristic as a G Flex, today's pocket communicators are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included ... and it's incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly "smart" devices screw up so spectacularly. Here's five ...

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    A new Google Play Music iOS update has landed today, bringing even more features to Google's popular music management app. This update is surprisingly large for what we'd consider to be an already well-refined app, with more new features supplied in the changelog than the fixes. First and foremost in the update is the addition of gapless playback, meaning there'll no longer be a pause between the end of one song and the start of the next. It's easy to see how this could be a useful feature, so we're glad it's made the jump for our iOS device-toting friends. Users of the app can also now ...

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    Google already sells music to download through its Play Store. It already has streaming radio with the subscription All Access service. From an outsider's perspective, it might seem that – so far as music is concerned – Google has all its bases covered. But now a new report suggests that Google's got its eye on growth yet again, and could be looking to snatch-up another streaming provider in the hopes of improving its music offerings. That provider is Songza, and its claim to fame is that beyond just artist- on genre-based playlists, its service can deliver music tailored for ...

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    Need something to help you bite the bullet on a brand-new Nexus 7 2013? Google may have you covered. Its latest Nexus 7 2013 deal tacks on a few months of Google Play Music All Access to the purchase of the tablet. If you haven't already subscribed to All Access, or had a free trial in the past, you're eligible to get three free months of the streaming-music service. This is valued at just south of $30, which is a fairly decent discount (considering this tablet only costs $230). To recap the technical specifications of the device briefly, it features a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro ...

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    Last week saw Google updating a number of Android apps, and we told you about changes coming to Drive, Hangouts, Search, Maps, and more. Google's not a company to rest on its laurels, and this week brings along some new updates of its own. Among them, a new version of Google Play Music hits the Play Store today, delivering a few changes that sound decently worthwhile. For instance, Play Music now lets you manage your ten devices allowed to access your account straight from your phone or tablet. That means if you're trying out a new phone and want to get your music on it, you'll no longer ...

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