Google Music

Google Music has received a pretty major UI overhaul, which brings the interface on previous phones and tablets up to par with the version that ships with the Nexus 7. In short -- it's a great update. The Music app now has the same feeling that the Google+ app has, with plenty of big images and the trademark Google app look. The change log:

  • Now Playing queue that allows for queuing and reordering of currently playing music.
  • New UI for navigation with transport controls on the action bar.
  • New large album art view on Recent.
  • Playlist art is now constructed from album art of songs in the playlist.
  • Now Playing widget has album art and support for thumbs up.
  • Harder, better, faster, stronger.

The changes are great, and the app now has a polish it lacked before. It's great to see the various teams at Google pushing out great updates for their Android apps. If you're a Google Music user (and you should be) this is one you won't want to miss. It's rolling out, including an update for the Nexus 7, via Google Play for devices running Android 2.2 or higher. Grab it at the link below.

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Google Music gets a major UI update


Had to go dig for this in my installed apps list. Wasn't showing up at the top of list saying there was update. Go figure...

I am having a problem with Power Amp actually on my VZW S3, I set it up to read the folder on the SD card but any time I open it, there is no music found. I have to go into setting to change the source folder then it works, but when I turn it back on the next day or an hour later, no music found and have to repeat the setting step.

x2 great program! I rarely use Google Music (for that rare time the song is in my cloud). I'm one of those who likes everything stored on the device (SD cards FTW). :)

Immediately unimpressed, as you can no longer jump to the artist or album from the Now Playing screen. Instead it looks like you can just see the currently playing playlist. I loved the ability to be shuffling through random artists/albums, and then quickly jumping to an artist or album that caught my attention.

I suppose with the search function it's not THAT big of a deal, but I don't see why both the options for breakdown of Arist-Album-Song AND Current Playlist couldn't have made it onto the Now Playing screen.

You can get to the Artist and/or Album from the Now playing screen.

Tap three horizontal lines shows the list of songs in the current album.

Tap Arrow left of the words "Now Playing" dumps you right to the Artist list or the Album list, depending on how you arrived. From there you can scroll the whole screen left and right to explore your library.

Its different, but not less capable.

I'll stick with MixZing. Works like a champ and can control it via lock screen with the widget.

Action bar is at the bottom of the screen. You can pause, or skip next and previous from there regardless of which Music screen you are looking at, and from the Notification pull down if you are looking at some other app.

If you already have the app, you just have too find it in the installed tab in Play Store. That's the way I got the update, it should be there.

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I brought up this gripe on the forums, they made getting to "songs by this artist" more difficult.

Before, you clicked the album art, clicked the artist... and there were all the songs with that artist's name on them. Same with the album. You clicked the album, and there were all the songs.

That feature is hidden in submenus now. It was an awesome feature, why make it harder to find?

Also, I've noticed sometimes if I go into an album, click a song, and shuffle it, it'll shuffle my "now playing" instead of that album.

Going in the right direction, but UI fixes are still necessary.

The one problem is that when you select music it adds it to the queue rather than clearing the queue. There is a context menu option for adding to queue. Just selecting it should clear the queue. Report it to google if you agree!

Besides that great update. Queue is very useful. I wish you could tell it to save auto playlists (like thumbs up) for offline playback. Report that to google too if you agree! :)

Tap the arrow at the right of the song name and you will see an option to play or add to queue.
The default is to add to queue which seems dumb.

its really still way behind the stock music app on my one x though. its a shame because i do like the app its just an eye sore compared to the stock app. :/

Still light years ahead of the Winamp app. Good Lord that one is FUGLY! yet I've been using it far more than GP simply because it recognizes album art correctly. I even downloaded an album art correcting utility and have absolutely proper album art. Yet I STILL have albums showing up with the generic brown GP "I don't know what the art is for this" image. Winamp? Instant art update.

Honestly I wouldn't care all that much if ANY of the music players would just let me set "List View" as the DEFAULT view rather than the art view as the default. I hate having to mess with the UI while my phone is in the car holder while driving just so I can see the next song in the list at a glance.

As much as I like the stock music app on the EVO LTE, doesn't it bug the hell out of you that the notification doesn't have back and forward buttons? If it had that, it would be my perfect app.

I'd been hoping this would happen sooner rather than later after getting the updated app on my Galaxy Nexus, as Google Music is my music player of choice. I'm now rockin' the new app on my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and my OG Asus Transformer. Awesome! I love the new album art for playlists among the other nice new features. Everything runs smoother, too. I wish the Transformer got the flat tile array of album art for the "recent" list when in portrait, but I can live without it, I guess.

Widget looks good.. but is now virtually unusable for my needs in landscape. The buttons are so damn small in landscape.

Okay I see the difference now from Play Music on my ICS Sensation 4G and the JB Galaxy Nexus well until I updated it on my sensation I saw the difference between the apps and the newer UI and all the enhancements I had on my nexus I didn't realize it changed that much I guess it's something I didn't notice on my nexus

IF you dont' use Google Music you should? Why? They started late and I have too many songs purchased from Amazon on their unimited storage that I already have all my music uploaded to. How many times do people have to say it's not the app that makes the music player in this situation it's the store. Now rephrase your sentence to if you aren't buying music from Google play you should be and you will see how silly it sounds.

The Samsung Music player is so much better if you ask me. It has a 10 band eq, and dsp like room, concert hall, etc.. and it has dual panels...will even tag the meta data...

If they did not fix or add the ability to save music on SD, this update means nothing to me. I love the app and it is the only one I use today.

Would love to go back to Google Play Music (especially after this update) but the 20,000 song limit in the cloud is the dealbreaker. I can't understand why they won't even make purchasing more storage an option.

I still /hate/ that in horizontal orientation, it covers up the notification bar. Why is there no option to make it stop doing that? :(

Wholeheartedly agree. I actually mentioned this in an e-mail chain I had with support a long time ago, and they said they'd "take it under advisement." AKA, "forget it." It's not as bad now that I have ICS and it's got that little double swipe and bring up the bar, but it's silly that you can't just have a checkbox to always display.

I got the update on my Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and I haven't even opened the app to see what it looks. I like Samsung's stock player much better -- it even allow you to play from folders, and Google Music is plain bloated and disorganized. Having a Vista-esque Flip 3D album interface doesn't mean an app is tablet-friendly.

did the update add an EQ to the app? I have another that I got in the play store that works ok but I don't see an EQ that is part of the updated app?

I still cannot believe you have to use a Album Grabber program to get the album art work...that should be built in, like Player Pro.

Finally starting to use Google Music but wanted to clarify a few things is anyone is willing:

(1) Is there currently a de-authorization limit? I know Google implemented one around May 16 and then removed it a few days later, but I wanted to be sure they haven't reimplemented it.

(2) Is there a good desktop program that I can use in conjunction with Google Music? Its really cumbersome and slow to use the web based app.