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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.

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Google Play Music All Access now available in Denmark and Poland

Good news everyone! Google has cooked up whatever deals they needed to cook to get Google Play Music and All Access in Denmark and Poland. This brings the total number of countries with Play Music and All Access support to 28. While there are still quite a few places without access, we've pretty...
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Google Play Music All Access crosses the border to Canada

Google's Play Music All Access subscription service is now streaming in Canada! By signing up to All Access, you can get a healthy cloud library of tunes, as well as your own private collection. Us Canadians are used to these sorts of services taking awhile to get up here, but it sure is welcome...
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Google Play Music app updated with playlist editing and sharing

A new update to the Google Play Music app for Android is rolling out this morning with a couple of new playlist-related features. Update to the new Play Music version 5.5.1509O adds the ability to edit and share your playlists from directly within the app, two things users were previously only...
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doubleTwist's Magic Play brings AirPlay support to Google Play Music, but only if you're rooted

We've already seen how doubleTwist makes it easy to listen to your music and watch video over AirPlay devices from your Android phone or tablet. Today the company has decided to release an update that allows rooted users to stream Google Play Music to AirPlay devices as well. They also wrote a...
Android users can now stream directly to Sonos from Google Play Music

Android users can now stream directly to Sonos from Google Play Music

Big news from Sonos and Google this morning, with the announcement that you can now stream Google Play Music on your Sonos system. Better yet, you don't even have to use the Sonos app to do it – though you absolutely can – since the functionality is being added right into the Google Play Music...
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Experimental Google Play Music Chrome app brings drag and drop uploading and mini player

Google Labs Chrome app also allows music uploading from your Chromebook There's a new entry in the Google Labs section of Google Play Music, and enabling it brings a whole new way to upload — and listen to — your own music. The feature — which is still experimental, thus the "Labs" label —...
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Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

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Get a Google Play Music All Access 60-day trial if you have a Chromebook

If you haven't used a previous trial, Google is giving 60 days of all-you-can-listen to Chromebook users Google Play Music All Access is pretty sweet. You can add any album to your library, listen to ad-free Internet Radio based on genre or based on a particular song, artist or album, or even...
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Google Play Music update adds offline radio caching, in-app device management and several fixes

A few buttons change places and functionality improves across the entire app It's been a little while since our last Google Play Music update, but we can say with today's new features the wait was worth it. First on the list is the ability to cache radio stations for offline listening — just...
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Google Play Music All Access subscribers invited to purchase Google Glass

If you're a Google Play Music All Access subscriber who's wanted Google Glass but for whatever reason hasn't been able to score an invite, check your inbox. Emails are going out this morning seeking those with Google's music subscription service who want the $1,500 wearable. Writes Google: Your...
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Chromecast now works with Google Play Music, Movies & TV from the web

Google Cast Chrome extension still required Building on its recent expansion of supported apps, Chromecast will now interact with Google Play on the web for Music, Movies and TV shows. Similar to what we've seen happen in the new Youtube player, you'll now find a "Cast" button in the web...
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Google Glass actually is a decent little music player. OK, insofar as $1,500 face-mounted wearables go. The official Google Play Music Glassware app was made available on Dec. 2, along with $85 stereo earbuds that plug into Glass' USB port.  Do the math, and that's damned near $1,600 to do what...
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Google Play Music All Access launches in Germany

Free for 30 days, €7.99 promotional deal if you sign up by Jan. 15 Almost four months after it first reached parts of Europe, Google Play Music All Access is now live in one of the continent's largest markets. From today Google's music subscription service is available in Germany where, as with...
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Google Play Music updated with SD card cache support

Cached music can now be handled on external storage There's a new update for Google Play Music rolling out from today, and it brings a pretty big feature addition for anyone using Google's music app on a device with an SD card. The new Google Play Music version 5.3 introduces the ability to...
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Google Play Music now officially in Glassware

App available for installation, and new $85 set of earbuds are ready to go with A few weeks back we first saw Google play Music running on Google Glass, and today it all gets made official. Glass users can go to their MyGlass page, or open their Android app, and you'll find Google Play Music...
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Google Play Music for iPhone reviewed

Google's music streaming service arrives on iOS looking familiar, but missing a couple of features Google Play Music finally arrived on the iOS App Store late last week, giving iPhone owners the opportunity to access Google's library of streaming music on their devices. Over at our sister site...
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Google Glass Explorer Program opens sign-ups to anyone interested

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