Google Play Music widgets

Google Play Music is receiving a relatively minor version bump to v5.6.1616 (from 5.6.1609), but it packs two new widgets, public playlists in search results and better management of your downloaded music. First up are the two new widgets, the first of which is basically a complete rewrite of the old 4x1 Play Music widget. It now changes sizes from 3x1 up to 4x4 — and everything in between — scaling the controls and album art accordingly. It also takes on a white design from the previous black one. The other widget is simple 1x1 "I'm Feeling Lucky" widget, that will simply start playing an I'm Feeling Lucky radio station when tapped. It doesn't even launch the Play Music app to the foreground — it just starts playing music.

The latest update has also started to surface public playlists in search results from within the app. Now when you search for an artist or song, at the very bottom of the results you'll see user-generated playlists that have been marked as public. You could previously make playlists public and share them directly with certain people, but to our knowledge this is the first time they're showing up in general search results within the Google Play Music app. You can "subscribe" or download these playlists just like they were your own.

Finally in this update you'll find an improved download management area, which has been renamed from "View download queue" to "Manage downloads." The function is basically the same, except now it will show how much room your music is taking up in relation to your entire device storage, and give you simpler ways to clear downloaded music or view the songs that are taking up space.

The latest version of Google Play Music is rolling out right now, and you can check for the latest version from the Play Store at the link above.


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Google Play Music updated with new widgets, public playlists in search


How about gapless playback Google? When is that coming? Oh, and by the way, the download feature isn't working either.

Sent me a link of something you have that is gapless and I'm play it and see.

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Take a look at the way it's encoded. I noticed on certain devices (my Zune) and players, V2 variable bitrate mp3 wouldn't play gapless. Also make sure your encoder isn't adding some silence time to the end of your files.

Gapless only seems to be available on some devices. I tried for months working with Google on this issue and got nowhere. Their customer support really stinks.

Leave it to Google to not be able to do something with their own OS that third party developers like Spotify figured out long ago.

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I've noticed that gapless is available on my Nexus 7 2013, but not on my HTC One M8.

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I can' t wait until this update hits my phone or I get my hands on the .apk. That widget looks beautiful, I'm adding it to my home screen. Speaking of Google Music anyone notice in Play Store app, when searching by genre, the new release section hasn't been updated since last year?

New 4x1widget is awesome, it changes format as you resize it. You could now have a full size album art showing on your home screen.

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Glad to see the downloaded music handling get a update.

The widget looks pretty good too and I might actually use it.

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The widget now follows Googles "make it ugly and low contrast" design cues.

The I'm feeling lucky widget is a cool idea though.

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Is getting rid of all my album art part of the Material Design guidelines? Everything looks cleaner with just gray squares and orange accents.

You're the second person to say this, so, uh, guess I'm not updating for awhile...I can't live without my album art. Sometimes I just stare at them for hours.

When you going to add a sleep timer Google. Such a basic feature of a music player.

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Everyone is saying they're losing album art but I didn't. In fact I cleared app data to remove it all on purpose and it redownloaded straight away.

Whoa, finally can search other people's playlists? This is one thing I always felt Spotify had over Google Music. Might be time to trial All Access.

It doesn't show me the Album Art anymore. o_O Clean installed latest CM11 Nightly @ Nexus 4, Tried clearing data but nothing happened. Meh :/

I would just like the unknown artist title issue from years ago to be resolved. I still have numerous albums uploaded that are missing song tracks. It's one reason why I use Amazon music instead.

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Update finally reached my device. Great update. I am really loving the visual storage space indication. It's nice to know what is hogging up all the room.

Also the new widget ROCKS. very nice. Looks great.

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