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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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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...
Google Play Music and paid Newsstand content land in handful of new countries

Google Play Music and paid Newsstand content land in handful of new countries

Google has announced the rollout of Google Play Music and paid Newsstand content to a handful of new countries today. Overall, Newsstand is hitting three new countries, while Google Play Music is only landing in one. From Google: Unpacking tons of songs and reads. @GooglePlayMusic and Newsstand...
Google Play Music's Family Plan lets six users share one subscription for $14.99 per month

Google Play Music's Family Plan lets six users share one subscription for $14.99 per month

Google has announced the Google Play Music Family Plan. The new plan will cost $14.99 per month, and will allow up to six different accounts to use a single subscription. The new plan will feature unique settings and recommendations for each user, letting you customize your experience. The...
Google Play Music now keeps the tunes flowing over Google Cast with gapless playback

Google Play Music now keeps the tunes flowing over Google Cast with gapless playback

Google Play Music has snagged a pretty cool update that overhauls the way the app works with Chromecast. In this latest version, you'll now get gapless playback when casting music via Google Cast and your music will keep on pumping even if your phone gets disconnected. Here's the full breakdown...
Dr. Dre, The Sword, Method Man and Bon Jovi drop new tunes

Dr. Dre's Compton heads to Play Music along with new tunes from The Sword, Method Man and Bon Jovi

Dr. Dre's Compton is no longer an Apple Music exclusive as it makes its way to Google Play Music this week, along with a number of other new releases. This week we have Dre's Compton, along with new tunes from Bon Jovi, The Sword, Method Man, and plenty of others as well. It's new music Friday,...
Get funky for President Obama's birthday with Google Play Music

Get funky for President Obama's birthday with Google Play Music

August 4 is President Obama's 54th birthday, and if celebrating presidential birthdays is your cup of tea, Google Play Music has your back. To celebrate the occasion, you can now listen to a custom radio station on Google Play Music made up of some of President Obama's favorite songs. While we...
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Google Play Music is accidentally deleting stored All Access music on SD cards

Do you rely on the Google Play Music app on your smartphone? If so, and you currently rock an SD card with cached and stored-for-offline-playback music, you may want to check out this bug that's reportedly causing some consumers to lose their music collection. We've not yet been able to confirm...
AC/DC

You can now rock out to AC/DC on Google Play Music, Spotify, Rdio and Deezer

Australian rock band AC/DC has made several albums available on streaming services, including Google Play Music, Spotify, Rdio and Deezer. Although AC/DC is one of the best-known bands in the world — having sold more than 200 million albums globally — band members were reticent to make their...
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Buy a Galaxy S6 in Canada, get six months of Google Play Music for free

Google launched a free ad-supported version of Play Music in the U.S. earlier this month, but the service is yet to make its debut north of the border. For those looking to avail Play Music for free, however, Samsung is offering a way. The manufacturer is offering a six-month subscription to...
Google Play Music

Google Play Music launches a free, ad-supported, version in the US

Google is rolling out a free version of Google Play Music in the US, supported by ads. Google Play Music now has a new option that allows users to listen to its library of songs for free. The new version is available in the US only at the moment and is supported by ads. The free version is...
Muse Drones

Another major album release forgets about Google Play Music

Muse's "Drones" concept album is available today. According to Muse's website, you can buy it from them directly, or get it on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify. Noticeably missing is Google Play Music — hardly the first time we've seen no mention of the service when a new release drops. (And it's a...
New Google Play Music interface

Google Play Music's new web interface goes Material with fresh Android-like design

A new Play Music web interface is rolling out that pulls it closer to the Android experience. If you fire up Google Play Music on the web today you're likely to be greeted by a refreshed interface, pulling it closer in line with what you'd find on an Android phone or tablet. The new look is very...
Google Play music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

Google Play Music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

Google Play Music is expanding the number of songs that you can upload and store for free. The service now allows users to store 50,000 songs for free, up from the previous cap of 20,000. You don't really need to do anything to claim the extra storage space. When you open up the Settings section...
Google Play Music gets more Material Design tweaks in latest update

Google Play Music gets more Material Design tweaks in latest update

Google Play Music scored an update today, but don't get too excited, as it's a relatively minor one. Most of what's new are slight design tweaks that bring it up to speed with Material Design and away from its previous look. Along with some general design tweaks, the artist, genre, and album...
Google Play Music on a Chromebook

Google Play Music uploading comes to ARM-powered Chromebooks

Good news, users of Chromebooks that happen to run off of ARM processors: you can now upload music to Google Play Music through the newly-updated Google Play Music Chrome app, just like your Intel-based cousins have been able to do for some time now. The updated app is now available from the...
Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

Kickstart your heart with Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits, free on Google Play

If you're finding that you could use a little injection from Dr. Feelgood tonight, Google Play has your back. Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits album is now free on Google's online music store. There's no telling how long this deal will last. So, if you feel like shouting at the devil while you're...
Galavant music on Google Play Music

Music from 'Galavant' is hitting Google Play Music All Access weekly

If Arthurian-ish musical comedies are your thing, and lets be honest they probably should be, you had better be watching Galavant. If you're anything like me, however, just watching the episodes isn't enough. The four week musical treat that has taken up residence on Sunday nights over at ABC can...
Alex made poor choices

Google Play Music knows when you've made bad choices

We're not sure exactly what Alex did on New Year's Eve, but we're pretty sure Google Play Music didn't approve. Source: @AlexDobie

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Before the latest update, this app was phenomenal. Since the update, it keeps opening on its own and burning through my battery life. I even tried forcing it closed, but after about ten minutes it turns itself back on in the background. Is there any way this issue can be addressed in short order. I love this app and really do not want to uninstall it.

yes i like the app, but in the earlier version this app have got a auto off option, which i use it often in nyt. right now i could not find the same. kindly consider this in the next update.

I couldn't get on Google play as long as I've had my ph ( almost a year)so I'm always trying to Pandora but I can't even get on that BC Google play issues.