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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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Google dedicates a radio station to John Williams for Star Wars Day

Google Play Music celebrates Star Wars Day with a John Williams radio station

It's May 4, known to many fans as "Star Wars Day," and Google is celebrating with a new radio station in Google Play Music. The Galaxy of John Williams plays music from movies scored by John Williams, the legendary film composer, responsible for the music not only of Star Wars, the Harry Potter...
Podcasts in Google Play Music: It's better than nothing

Podcasts in Google Play Music: It's better than nothing

After more than 3 years, podcasts are back on Google's radar. So why did it launch with so much room for improvement? Once upon a time Google had a little app for listening to podcasts. It was called Google Listen, and it lived alongside other podcast apps during a time of great peace and...
How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

How to use podcasts in Google Play Music for Android

Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! Google Play Music has podcasts, oh my! In the next logical step of the evolution of Google Play Music, Google has added podcasts to the concoction. Now, from within the Google Play Music app, you can search and stream all your favorite podcasts. There's no...
How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

How to use Podcasts in Google Play Music on the web

Finally! You can now subscribe and listen to your favorite podcasts with Google Play Music. First it was its own streaming service and now Google Play Music has evolved to include podcasts in its library. Gone are the days of needing a third party app to subscribe and listen to your favorite...
Podcasts in Google Play Music

Podcasts are now available in Google Play Music

Google has officially started rolling out podcasts as a new feature of Google Play Music. Launching today on both the web and in the Android app, you'll be able to discover, subscribe, and listen to your favorite podcasts right in the same place you already listen to music. Beyond searching for...
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Podcasts may come to Google Play Music on April 18

We've known for a while podcasts are on their way to Google Play Music, but we may now have a date to look forward to: April 18. Oddly, the date comes from an email that NPR sent out to members (via Android Police), which notes the network's podcasts will be available on Google Play Music when the...
Google Play Music update on Android Auto

Android Auto update removes interaction limit on Google Play Music when your car is parked

Android Auto, since launch, has always limited user interactions with the screen to just six taps. That is, until today, when an Android Auto app update made a big improvement by letting you interact with your Google Play Music as much as you want ... so long as your car is parked. After being...
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Shazam now lets you purchase 'shazamed' songs directly from Google Play Music

Shazam has announced the launch of the Google Play Music Hub. This new feature enables consumers who have shazamed music on their Android-powered smartphone to stream and purchase said songs from the Google Play Store. As well as playing and buying individual tracks, the new hub will also allow a...
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After 90 days with Google's Play Music Family Plan, I'm not turning back

Change is rarely easy, and for some reason that is doubly true of music services. My home is something of a digital mess. Between the two girls who love their iPods, the boy who only really cares about Minecraft and Terraria, the guy who moved everything from Android to iOS last year, the spouse...
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Play Music Valentine's Day subscription offer will surely get your heart racing

Google has slashed its pricing for Play Music gift subscriptions, offering a 50-percent discount for those looking to woo their love interest with the sound of One Direction. The best part is while this is an offer for gifting the subscription to someone else this weekend, you can also gift...
Podcasts could come to Google Play music as soon as this month

Podcasts could come to Google Play Music later in February

Update: Simmons has deleted his Tweet. Read into that what you will. It was announced back in October that Google Play Music would be adding podcasts to its lineup, and now it looks like that launch may be imminent. It now appears that podcasts will launch on Play Music at some point in February...
Reminder: Songza is shutting down on Jan. 31, but it lives on in Google Play Music

Reminder: Songza is shutting down on Jan. 31, but it lives on in Google Play Music

Things may look a little different, but they still sound the same. So, Jan. 31 is the day. Songza is no more. It is now completely integrated into Google Play Music, and in fact has been for quite some time. (Since October 2014, in fact.) The only difference is starting today you'll actually...
New subscribers can snag three months of Google Play Music for a dollar

New subscribers can snag three months of Google Play Music for just one dollar

Whether you want to hop on board the streaming music train, or just give Google Play Music a try, Google is now offering a three-month subscription to the service for just a dollar for the holidays. Unfortunately, this one is for new subscribers only, which could be perfect for those unwrapping...
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How to set up a Google Play Music family plan

Google has enabled the family plan option for Google Play Music to just about everyone — so long as you're not on a Google Apps for Work account — let's take a look at how to set it up and get started. It's simple, and you do it all from your Android phone or tablet. You will have to be a Google...
Google Play Music family plans are available

Google Play Music family plans are official, up to six users for $14.99 per month

Google has announced that its Play Music family plans are official, and will be available in the coming days. First announced back in September, the family plans will allow up to 6 users to be on the same account with a monthly fee of $14.99. To make the deal even sweeter, subscribers in the U.S...
Google Play Music expands free, ad-supported radio to Canada

Google Play Music expands free, ad-supported radio to Canada

Google has announced that Google Play Music's free, ad-supported radio streaming is now available in Canada. With this expansion, Canadian users can now join their U.S. brethren in streaming Google Play Music playlists without a subscription to the service. This follows news from earlier today...
Songza to play its final tune in January, will transition users to Google Play Music

Songza to play its final tune in January, will transition users to Google Play Music

Almost a year and a half after its acquisition by Google, music streaming service Songza is preparing to play its final tune. It was revealed today that Songza will shut down on January 31, 2016, allowing users to transition their accounts to Google Play Music. In an email being sent to users,...
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is free on Google Play Music

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is currently free on Google Play

Are you ready for a cheap (er, free) thrill courtesy of Google Play? Well, if you're a fan of Michael Jackson (and, really, who isn't?) you can now pick up the artist's iconic Thriller album for free on Google Play if you're in the US. It's highly likely that most of Jackson's diehard fans...
Podcasts are coming to Google Play Music soon

Podcasts are coming to Google Play Music, podcasters can upload episodes now

Google has announced that soon Google Play Music will also be the home of podcasts, and podcasters are able to begin uploading episodes of their shows now. The portal for podcasters is opening now, so that when Google flips the switch there are episodes already there for listeners to check out...
Google Play Music gains gift subscription option

You can now give a gift subscription to Google Play Music

A new feature has popped up in Google Play Music, the ability to send a subscription to someone as a gift. With this, you are able to pay for your friends and family to use the service. Currently, Google is offering 1, 3 and 6 months options. The receiver of the gift subscription will gain all of...

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