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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 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
Frozen soundtrack

The 'Frozen' soundtrack is free on Google Play

You might well hate yourself, but your kids will love you. The (admittedly excellent) soundtrack for the "Frozen" movie is available for free today on Google Play. (At least it is here in the U.S.) If you've got kids, do 'em a favor and give in and download this ASAP. They'll love you for it....
Christmas by Michael Buble

'Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition)' by Michael Bublé is now free on Google Play Music

Google continues to spread the holiday cheer by giving away great albums for free. After Linkin Park's The Hunting Party, the search giant has made Michael Bublé's Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition) available for free to all users in the US via Google Play Music. If you're in Canada, you can snag...
Score Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' for free on Google Play Music

Score Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' for free on Google Play Music

Still not quite feeling the holiday spirit? Maybe you need a little injection of rock-n-roll into your holiday tunes. The good news is, you can now score that fix for free from Google Play Music with Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic." The Christmas Attic is Trans-Siberian...
Google Play Music

Google brings Songza-powered Play Music Playlists to the UK

Curated playlists are offered by multiple streaming services and Google has rolled out a similar feature on Play Music in the UK. Concierge playlists for Google's music service have been available in the US and Canada, but it's a welcomed move to expand on availability and offer the feature to...
Google Play Music

T-Mobile Music Freedom adds Google Play Music to free streaming

T-Mobile has added 14 more Internet audio streaming services, including Google Play Music, to its Music Freedom program, which allows customers to stream as much as they want from those companies without having it count against their data package. Google Play Music, along with Xbox Music and...
Google Play Music now lists relevant YouTube videos for All Access subscribers

Google Play Music now lists relevant YouTube videos for All Access subscribers

Looking to heat up the integration with YouTube's new subscription service, Music Key, Google has dropped an interesting little feature for All Access subscribers into the Google Play Music app. Now, when browsing for music or playing a song, the app will show if there is a music video related to...
Music make me lose control, Music make me lose control.

Google Play Music on Android Wear: How to use it and what it still needs

There's room to improve with Play Music on Wear, but at least it's finally here One of the primary reasons for me to get a smartwatch was for music. Not to listen from it, per se, but to control music from it. Being able to leave the phone inside while I walk my laps is still a somewhat...
Hooked on a feeling

The excellent Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is free today on Google Play Music

You have no reason not to download this right now. Oh, you need a reason? You must not have seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (you should fix that when it hits Google Play Movies, it'll be money well-spent). It's free music (at least in the US). In the meantime, here are just a few of the tracks...
Google Play Music gets huge Eastern European expansion

Google Play Music gets huge Eastern European expansion

In its latest expansion, the Google Play Music service is available in more countries, many of them located in Eastern Europe. Residents of these countries will also have access to Play Music's subscription streaming service known as All Access as well. Here is the full list of recently added...
Google Play Music update

Google Play Music integrates Songza in Material Design update

Music based on activities and moods has arrived with redesigned app and in web playback Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired...
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Has Google Play Music's deauthorization limit been lifted?

A couple of months back Google reintroduced limits on the number of devices Google Play Music subscribers could deauthorize each year. Whereas before you could remove mobile devices from your ten-device bank at any time, from Aug. 7 users were told they could deauthorize just four per year. Now...
Google Play Music

This week's sidebar poll: What paid music service do you use?

Vote in this week's poll and tell us your favorite! We've been having a bit of discussion around the water cooler that past week. It seems we (the editors here at AC) have all hit the device de-authorization limit for Google Play Music. That means, for the next year we're stuck and can't use the...
I Heart Google Play Music + Songza!

Despite Apple's professed love of music, it's Google that owns my share of ear

I've watched every Apple keynote since the original iPhone was announced. Almost every time Apple execs take to the big stage, at some point during the presentation they profess the company's love for music. Apple's iPhone 6 event was no exception. After announcing the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus,...
Google Play kicks off Labor Day with free Katy Perry 'Prism' album download

Google Play Music kicks off Labor Day with free Katy Perry 'Prism' album download

Looking for some tunes to accompany your Labor Day party? Google has you covered and Google Play Music is now offering everyone a chance to download Katy Perry's Prism album featuring 13 tracks for free. The pop album was released in October 2013 and so far has amassed quite a number of positive...
YouTube Music Key rumored to bring Google Play Music All Access and more

YouTube Music Key rumored to bring Google Play Music All Access and more

Google is rumored to be working on some big changes to its music subscription program for Google Play Music All Access as well as for YouTube. Under a new YouTube Music Key program, Google is slated to roll out a new music streaming program that will also see its current Google Play Music All...
Google brings All Access to South and Central America

Google brings All Access to South and Central America

Google has announced that it is expanding its All Access pass to South and Central America, giving select countries the ability to stream Google Play Music for a small monthly fee. In a Google+ blog post, Google says that All Access is now arriving in 9 new countries. Residents of The...



Reader comments

Google Play Music


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.