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Google Play Music

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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Google Play Music is a multi-use app that both comes as a pre-installed music app on all Google-certified Android devices but can also be installed and updated from the Play Store on older devices. It works with music files that have been loaded on your phone manually, with streaming from your own collection uploaded to Google Play Music, with purchased music from the Play Store or even through a paid monthly subscription service to access even more music.

All Access is Google's subscription music service that lives within Google Play Music, giving users access to millions of songs for a flat monthly fee of $10. Those who subscribe to Google Play Music All Access have the ability to stream, download, create playlists and share tracks, regardless of whether they actually own them or are simply accessing them with their monthly subscription. All Access can be used across 10 devices tied to a single account, but playback is limited to one device at a time.

Google Play Music has evolved pretty dramatically since its first unveiling in mid-2011 when it came as an invite-only service, but is well-regarded as being a great all-in-one app choice for music lovers of all kinds. On September 29, 2015, Google announced the Google Play Music Family Plan, which allows families to use the service on up to six devices for $14.99 per month.

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A lighter version of Google Play Music is now available for Android

There's also evidence of an alarm clock feature coming soon. Google Play Music version 7.4 boasts a ton of helpful updates that will surely please those of you who utilize the service daily. The size of the actual Play Music store app has been reduced by ten percent, though at 18MB, it's...

Google Play Music: The Ultimate Guide

There is more music than you can imagine right at your fingertips. While there are many apps that stream music, and stream it well, Google Play Music is Google's music service and as such is an app that comes on millions and millions of devices. While the app has gotten clunkier in recent years...

Turn any song into a yule log with Google Play Music's Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer

Chromecasts roasting with an open fire… Android nipping at your nose… It's winter. It's Christmas. It's cold. We all just want to curl up by the fire, roast a few marshmallows, and pass out listening to good music. Well, the Google Play Music Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer can't roast the...

Google Play Music's latest update is two steps forward, one step back

Last week, Google Play Music took its first step towards a long, long overdue overhaul. The recent Google Play Music update changes only one element of the UI: the home page. Before the update, it was a mix of Recents and Recommendations. Now, Listen Now is entirely recommendations, with only a...
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Google Play Music update adds machine learning and a fresh new look

Context awareness and AI smarts could help Google find more music that you'll love. Google has just announced the biggest overhaul of its Play Music streaming service in years. On the face of it, Play Music has moved beyond the card-centric design of old, and now shows an interface built around...
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Best Music Streaming Services

Which streaming music service is right for you? Here's a look at some of the top options. Over the last several years, music streaming has become arguably the most common way people choose to listen to their favorite tunes. Alongside that rise, a number of services have popped up from major and...

Google Play Music finally launches in India!

Google Play Music is here, and it's everything you've been waiting for. After several false starts, the moment we've all been waiting for is here. Google Play Music is finally available in India, and at an initial glance, it looks like the entire catalog is available for customers in the country...

Here's why Google Play Music needs an alarm feature

Recently, Google Play Music added a sleep timer to its popular app at long last. If you fall asleep to music, congratulations — our phone doesn't have to run your lullaby all night! It's a wonderful addition to the app, one that brings two questions to my mind: where's a Material Dark theme so we...
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Google Play Music may finally be coming to India

It looks like Google is finally about to bring Play Music to India. Several users on Reddit are able to access selected songs from the Play Music catalog, with prices listed in INR (₹). Pricing suggests that individual songs will be available for as low as ₹15 (22 cents), with entire albums...
Google celebrates the Fourth of July with four free months of Google Play Music

Google celebrates the Fourth of July with four free months of Google Play Music

Google is currently running a special offer for its subscription Google Play Music service. When you sign up for the service as a new subscriber, you'll be able to get your first four months for free, paying $9.99 after the trial is over. All you need to do is head over to Google Play and sign...
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Google Play Music adds proper podcast section for Android Auto

One missing ingredient for podcasts in Google Play Music has been when you get in your car and fire up Android Auto. A recent update has changed that. You'll now find a "Podcasts" section at the bottom of the top level of menu items. Tap it and you'll see the shows you're subscribed to, in...

Replay: The growing struggle of playback controls via Bluetooth

Music is the most important function of my phone. No, I am not kidding. It is what I use at work, home, in bed, in the shower and everywhere in between to keep me sane and happy. Music makes me better, and since music is such a large part of my Android experience, there's been a slow decline...

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