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.

 

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Google Play Music updated with 'I'm feeling lucky radio'

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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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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.

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

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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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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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.)

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.

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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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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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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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!

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.

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.