Google Play Music

New icons for pinned music also in latest version

There's a new version of Google Play Music rolling out today, bringing with it a couple of interesting new features. The first is plain to see at the top of the Listen Now and Radio sections, named "I'm feeling lucky radio," in an homage to Google's famous search button. The new radio channel picks stuff it think you'll like based on your past usage. Once you're in, "I'm feeling lucky" works just line any other radio list in Play Music — you can share it, save it, or save tracks to a playlist.

Secondly, there's been a UI tweak to make it easier to find music you've saved to your device — these items now show a little "pin" icon on the lower right of the card.

The update is rolling out through Google Play right now, though with any staged update everyone might not get the new version right away. If you've picked it up already, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new "I'm feeling lucky" radio.

Update: Looks like the new radio mode is rolling out to Google Play Music on the web, too.

 
There are 36 comments

gillsfankev says:

I like it, basically puts my whole collection on random play.

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Grahaman27 says:

Yes!! I just wish they would add google now commands so I could say "play all songs on shuffle" on my moto x

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borgdog says:

Hopefully the little pin on the icon solves my issue trying to chromecast as there was/is no only show cloud music and I could see no visual way to tell what was where.

outlooker says:

Is this only for those who have Google music all access? Can non subscribers also use this?

Glenn Correa says:

People without All Access can use it. It's like a "suffle" button.

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Scotty Olsen says:

The web version has been around for a while now; I'm pretty sure I used it at least a month ago.

mb7ny23 says:

Why can't the "pinned" music be downloaded to the SD card instead of taking up valuable space on the internal memory??

icebike says:

This!

You really have to be careful with how much music you pin.

ACADM says:

True DAT! I got the update earlier here in the U.K., I think that's the first time I've got an immediate update from Google. Woohoo.

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jengobengo says:

Does anyone know what directory the pinned music is stored in? I can't find the location of the files...

ACADM says:

I've tried looking for them too and can't find them anywhere.

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15israellai says:

It's probably in the app data directory. You can't access it outside the app.

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Deke218 says:

If your device is rooted, you can. (Save to Ext SD) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYFw9bEAzM8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Pratik7 says:

When they first introduced the radio thing I updated the app but couldn't play the radio, don't know why..

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K White1 says:

Same. Despite updating, I don't have the radio option.

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Alex Keb says:

Looks like the end of Pandora.

yepitsmememe says:

Can people without 'All Access' still use the radio feature?

It seems like it will only play your music on shuffle. Its not like internet radio for non paid users.

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icebike says:

But if you have All Access, does it mix other music into the shuffle?

(not that it would be sufficient to drag me kicking and screaming into All Access,
$120 per year is far more than I'm willing to spend on random music.)

hodan says:

Should've signed up early. Because $96 a year is great!

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dchawk81 says:

It throws all kinds of stuff in the mix with All Access. I'm using it now and there's stuff I've never heard of playing.

Deke218 says:

While it does offer a random music option, you can pick any of the songs in their vast music database to make play list.

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Deke218 says:

While it does offer a random music option, you can pick any of the songs in their vast music database to make play list.

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JSKershaw says:

This would be nice to try out if Google Music was available in Canada...

K White1 says:

I don't have the radio option yet, although I updated Google Play Music and I see the "feeling lucky" feature. Personally, I mainly use the HTC Music app to access the music on my device, not Google Play, so having an Internet radio would definitely increase my usage of the app. Hopefully, I get that feature soon.

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sr16 says:

No Google music for Canada: (

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Monarchtron says:

I noticed the widget changed on my phone also. Has no transparency.

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DQSooner says:

I'm still holding out some hope (although it gets more slim every day) that Google will provide an easier way to pin and unpin individual tracks from devices. As of now, you can only pin or unpin albums, entire artists, or playlists. The workaround is to create a playlist for offline listening and then just add or remove tracks from that list but it would be a whole lot easier to be able to pin and unpin select tracks from albums or artists.

HAHA Finally, a radio service that turely match pandora giving me a radio station based on ALL of my music not must one artist. I never liked the "spotify" style of making a radio stations based on one artist but not multiple artists.

now if only the staged roll out would get to me already!

jtc276 says:

Nice to see you're listening to Arctic Monkeys. 'AM' is awesome.

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Connor Mason says:

For local storage users, this feature is simply a shuffle button. Works great!

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FortTech101 says:

I saw it on the web yesterday, on my phone today.

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Fussolia says:

+1 for listening to AM!

Payne78 says:

I like the Google music interface and layout but the music selection when picking an artist is lacking. I'm going back to Pandora myself. Cheaper and better music selection, for now.

gamefreak715 says:

Tried this feature out this morning. Google has a great algorithm with this; every song was great and I didn't skip a single one for almost an hour of listening. So glad I bought the promo subscription, this is a service I'll keep for a while!

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The last couple of releases have completely broken the ability to listen to audiobooks or classical music stored on the device. Both use cases require that tracks be played in order, one directory at a time. Instead, the player does wacky stuff like sorting all of the first tracks from several directories together, then all the second tracks and so forth.

The user interface is also broken, displaying only the first few characters of the title on large Windows-8-style tiles (some audiobook titles, in particular, don't disambiguate until about the 20th character, "[long book title] [author] ... Disk 5"), with no way to view as a simple list.

The old Motorola player that came with the phone did a better job at this sort of thing than Google Play Music, but even if I could find a copy of it I'm not aware of a way to have the two players coexist on the same device.