Posts tagged with: Google Play Music
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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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    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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