Posts tagged with: Google Play Music
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    You may have a new, bigger screen that you might take advantage of to enjoy original content from YouTube Red soon. We've been picking up reports that subscribers have been clicking into emails offering up a free Chromecast to redeem. There's some irony in that while a YouTube Red subscription tacks on access to the Google Play Music library as a bonus, a Google Play Music subscription that has YouTube Red as a bonus hasn't gotten a free Chromecast. All of this has been anecdotal, by the way. Maybe we'll see a similar deal with Chromecast Audio come up soon. After all, Chromecast ...

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    Google Play Music is probably not the world’s most popular online audio streaming service, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like a solid contender for second or third place either. But when it comes to bundle deals and free trials of its premium All Access subscription tier, the Android, iOS and Windows-compatible app often towers comfortably above both Spotify and Apple Music. Case in point, a new limited-time offer letting you enjoy the service’s full library of tracks and albums, as well as ad-free YouTube with offline viewing, at only 99 cents covering 90 whole days. It’s also ...

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    More video content providers are putting on the magenta-tinted glasses to zero out data charges for T-Mobile customers. The Un-carrier announced that it has notched more than 80 services in total for its Binge On zero-rate scheme. Today marks the program's fifth expansion in its sixth month and adds what are technically 12 (and not 13) services, including: Google Play Music Great Big Story NBC Kiswe Ligonier Ministries NOGGIN Qello Concerts Radio Disney Univision Univision Noticias Spotify TIDAL Toon Goggles The streaming music services you see there also provide music ...

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    "It's great that Apple is in the game." That from Jonathan Forster, a Spotify vice president. The Swedish company has credited Apple Music — nearly a year old and with 13 million subscribers — with attracting new ears to streaming and helping the ecosystem grow in general. "Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before." But for Spotify itself to thrive it's going to need to not just compete in the virtual sphere, but in real life, too. With 100 million users, 30 million of them paying members, Spotify is the undisputed giant in the industry. ...

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    You can ask Google Now to play Prince's "Purple Rain" for you on Google Play Music, but why not ask that app itself? Well, you still can't do that just yet, but you may be able to if some XDA hounds have sniffed out the right target. It stems from this errant microphone icon that appears. In some instances, it partially blocks the song info bar on the playback screen. Thing is, Maxr1998 was able to track the button to backend services that haven't opened up yet. Voice functions will be more useful when you're connected to a Google Cast device in terms of basic playback functions. It's ...

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    It's not like podcast fans on Android haven't had plenty of options for finding and listening to the programming of their choice, but earlier this week Google stepped up to really help streamline things, fulfilling last year's promise of bringing full podcast support to Google Play Music. As both podcast fans and producers, we were seriously happy to see this move finally happen, but it turns out that Play Music integration was only one component to Google's new love affair with all things podcast. Today the company shares another way it's making it easier for listeners to connect with the ...

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    Back in October, just weeks after the latest Nexus phones debuted, Google had another big announcement to make, as it revealed that podcasts (like our own Pocketnow Weekly) would soon be getting an official home within Google Play Music. Well, maybe “soon” wasn't the right word, because while Google announced the coming feature, and invited content creators to apply to have their own podcasts included, it didn't offer a start date any more specific than sometime in the months to come. Half a year later, we finally started to get some signs that this support was nearly ready to go live, ...

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    As a premier podcast producer that has its shows consistently chart half of the top 20 podcasts on iTunes, NPR should know a thing or two about the podcast industry. We've been eager to expand our presence with the Pocketnow Weekly as well, and we've told you that we're lined up to be inside of Google Play Music's catalog of podcasts once it becomes available. We had word from sports-talker Bill Simmons that it was happening in February, but alas, Simmons deleted those words. Well, it seems that an NPR member station "Scoop" briefing has leaked out for this week and midway through it in ...

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    He's rich. He's poor. He needs to finish The Life of Pablo. He needs your help. He needs any help. He's Kanye mother-effing West, alright? West once said that his latest album would never touch Apple Music. It would be exclusive to the fidelity-focused (now failing) Tidal streaming service. My album will never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016 It's still the case that The Life of Pablo is still off that territory — it was pulled down for a short time. While it's back up on Tidal, West is ...

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    Still undecided as to what to gift your significant other on Sunday? Didn’t realize until just now Valentine’s is only two days away? About to have a heart attack looking up jewelry prices and whatnot? Relax, and let Google hook you up with the perfect present. It’s thoughtful, but it doesn’t send too strong of a signal, it’s cheap but it doesn’t necessarily look it, and you can be sure your better half will love it. Who doesn’t love free unlimited music streaming, seasoned with a no-ad YouTube viewing experience, and exclusive content produced by top vloggers? Google Play ...

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    Android offers users no shortage of ways to consume podcasts, with plenty of apps ready to connect listeners with their favorite content. But for as many options as were out there, the platform's been missing an official central repository for podcast distribution. Last fall we saw Google begin to address this oversight, announcing plans to finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music. The company announced a few early partners and started accepting sign-ups from interested producers (ourselves included), but wasn't ready to offer a start date for the service going live – only saying that ...

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    Google hopes its mobile payments system will strike a chord with users better than Apple Pay or Samsung Pay. The latter system has been sweetening the pot with wireless charging pads and such while the widest promo availability Android Pay took on was for giving away Android figurines with Jamba Juice purchases. Time for a little more action. Now through February, Android Pay's "Tap 10" campaign will be giving away free media from Google Play, be it a free song, a free Play Music subscription, a free movie or even a Chromecast device. All a person needs to do is make 10 NFC-based ...

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    When Apple introduced Apple Music this past summer, one of its most compelling hooks was its attractive pricing structure: while an individual user would shell out ten bucks a month to access the service, things got much more attractive when we brought additional users into the mix, and a family of up to six could share a family plan for just fifteen dollars a month. Google knows a good idea when it sees it, and by early fall the company had announced its own family plan for Google Play Music. It would mirror Apple's fifteen-dollar pricing, and while Google confirmed the option was on its ...

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    Whether you're about to drown your sorrows with exercise or jubilant to the point of being scared of yourself, Songza used to have the right playlist for you. Then it got bought by Google. The Songza team's R&D slowly moved its efforts to the Play Music service, a service that's gotten more and more competitive against the likes of Pandora and Spotify. Now, Songza is ready to finally become one with Google Play Music. The app and website will shut down on January 31, 2016. Both will mediums will soon start offering migration tools for users to move playlists and even browsing history ...

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    Update: Yes, the Pocketnow Weekly has applied to be on Google Play music. We also have a Google+ community where you can keep updated on what's going on with the podcast right here. It's probably been years now since you last used an iPod, having traded your single-purpose music player in for a smartphone (and that smartphone in for the next model, and so on and so forth) years ago, but the iPod's legacy lives on in many ways, not the least of which being its role as the namesake for the podcasts we still enjoy to this day – we even happen to record one ourselves from time to time. And ...

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    We find ourselves on a bit of a Google Play kick this afternoon, first hearing about a new redesign that's on its way for the Play Store, and then checking out a Motorola slip-up in a new app listing that appears to confirm the company's plans for the Droid Maxx 2 on Verizon. After that, we would have felt ready to move on to some other topic … and then Google Play draws us right back in. This time, we're feeling the allure of freebies, as Google makes available a bunch of new playlists featuring hit songs from beloved artists. Since we're dealing with “very best of” stuff here, the ...

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    Google Play Music may not be the world's most famous music streaming service at the moment, but it does provide a solid competing service to Spotify and Apple Music. Obviously the biggest challenge is to have the service remain competitive, family plans were a major caveat of Google Music when compared to other services. Today Google has decided to fix that particular problem, and has done sone in a major way. Google has just announced Google Play Music family plans. What makes this update cool is that instead of mirroring what Spotify has by barely offering a $5 discount per extra member, ...

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    Update 2: MaterialUP developer Victor Borga responded to our request for comment, saying: I change the logo "Google Play" to "Google Store" because I think the name is more consistent. Update: We saw in the comments of the original post that the user was running Cyanogenmod v. 12, which is compatible with a theme called MaterialUP, available here on the Play Store (still). Gaurav Garg, one of our readers, has been able to achieve the same results with the skin and has posted the screenshots below. Thanks for the support! All that said, it is a surprise in any fashion to have a new ...

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    Apple's long-awaited streaming service debuted earlier this year, with the arrival of Apple Music. First announced at WWDC, we've subsequently seen things go live, and soon they'll be expanding to other platforms, with an Android app in the works. As part of its subscription options, Apple did something a little different with its family plan, offering up to six users access for less than the price of two individual memberships. Now it sounds like Google could be about to steal a page from Apple's playbook, with word that Google Play Music is about to pick up a family plan of its own. ...

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    There's a clear migration being tracked from bought-and-owned media toward the current streaming models we have. Portability and unlimited variety beat out CDs (as well as smartphones, of course). But a split in this trend comes down between those who pay a subscription fee to music streaming companies for extra features and listeners who opt for a free lunch. Those music junkies are served ads during their listening session to help get revenue for Spotify, Pandora, Google and others. And as Juniper Research is predicting, that cash source might become a bit more plentiful. The ...

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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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