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Another major album release forgets about Google Play Music

Muse's "Drones" concept album is available today. According to Muse's website, you can buy it from them directly, or get it on iTunes (opens in new tab), Amazon or Spotify. Noticeably missing is Google Play Music — hardly the first time we've seen no mention of the service when a new release drops. (And it's a little interesting that Amazon only links directly to physical versions, though it's readily available there in MP3 form (opens in new tab), and for a few dollars less, too, which may have something to do with it.)

"Drones" certainly is available on Google Play Music, however. You can give it a listen here (opens in new tab).

Next time something from your favorite band or artist hits, take a look and see if they (their label, really) mention that it's also on Google Play Music. There's still some work to be done there, apparently.

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  • I'll get it from my favorite provider... PirateBay
  • I Hear they're cheap Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 although I use KickAss lately after the December raid ruined tPB Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013
  • Not sure why folks seems surprise with such decisions. At the end of the day, it all comes down to money, and right now google play is not making those folks much money. It's that simple folks, no big mystery to speak to solve here.
  • The album, in fact, has been released on Play Music
  • But they would definitely want to advertise it's availability through the most profitable avenues possible, right? I know they're not even making their milk money off repeated plays through my Google Play All Access subscription. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • If it's really all about money you get the word out to everyone that has access to your product. It's entirely possible that these artists don't know everywhere their music is available but they know iTunes and Spotify.
  • +$$$ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Part of this is because the Google Play app is, frankly, terrible. Horrible sound (No EQ? In a music app? REALLY Google?), terrible synching (music doesn't sync to the default music location AND syncs as randomly numbered MP3 files instead of the actual album/song names!) and worse streaming. The UI has improved, and I have to give Google credit for finally getting a UI that is reasonably useful for the way I usually use the music app, in my car in a cradle. (IE: Big chunky easy to hit buttons and UI elements) But overall, the app is a disappointment, and mostly serves as a platform to advertise the Google Play subscription service. Which again, is only accessible through the terrible Google Play app. (at least on mobile devices, anyway.) Why would I pay for a subscription to have to use a terrible app? I have purchased music via the play store, but I always do it on the PC, and then I immediately download the song to my local (backed up) storage, and then manually copy it to my phone. I use a proper music app for playing my music that not only has an eq, but has a 10 band eq for very precise music quality adjustments. (I use Rocket Player. fantastic little music app with a really nice UI and awesome sound quality. The developer really listens to the needs of his users.) As long as Google continues to miss the point of a music app (To listen to music) and continues to deliver nothing but a poorly conceived low quality platform for advertising their subscription service, music companies, musicians and the millions of Android users, will continue to ignore Google Play. Time to up your game, Google!
  • Have you checked really well? There's an equalizer, for sure. Get the facts straight. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, I have checked really well. In fact, I have just now gone back in to check AGAIN. Just to be sure I wasn't missing it. It is important to me that I be correct when I post something. No EQ that I could find. Even made sure I was up to date and using the latest version. No EQ. The app DOES NOT have an EQ in it. However, if you have found this magical mysterious EQ, please share with the rest of the world.
  • It has it. I use it. Believe! Posted via Android Central App
  • Yep. Swipe toward the right from the left side of the screen. Tap settings. Scroll down a bit. Tap equalizer. It's been there for a least a year if not longer. I don't want to assume, Bishounen, that you've posted an uninformed rant with an agenda, but it's pretty hard to believe you could have checked and checked again and still missed it.
  • I am not a moron. It isn't there. I open the left menu, select Settings and I get (from the top): GENERAL:
    Google Account
    Refresh
    Start Trial
    My Devices
    Block Explicit Song in Mixes
    DOWNLOADING:
    Cache During Playback
    Automatically Cache
    Clear Cache
    Download Via Wifi Only
    Manage Downloads
    Storage Location
    STREAMING:
    Stream Via Wifi Only
    Mobile Network Stream Quality
    DEVELOPER:
    Open Source LIcenses
    Music Version And that is it. So please, tell me about your magical app that has an EQ.
  • I love how I got two downvotes for listing what is in my copy of Play settings. The Troll is strong with AC commenters today.
  • No, you were marked down because you posted that after people already explained that some devices have EQ and some don't.
  • No, I was marked down because the fanboys are out in force. Others posted after your post that they HAD the EQ. They didn't get downvoted, only me. Because I disliked the Play app and had the temerity to post about it.
  • There's an equalizer there... Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is definitely an equalizer in vs 5.9.1854R of the app that I have. I do have a Google Music paid subscription however. Maybe that's the difference?
  • http://i.imgur.com/lZP9ILt.jpg Music Version: v5.9.1854R.1904527 What else would you like to know about my magical app?
  • I'd like to know how I can get it! As you see by my list, the Equalizer is missing from my settings page. My Music Version: v5.9.1854R.1904527 Exactly the same as yours, but I have a different app. (HTC One E8) According to some of the people here, it apparently depends on which handset you have, which frankly, is just ANOTHER mark against Play. "Inconsistent User Experience" is something that pretty much everyone rails against as a problem with many apps, and Android in general. There is no reason anyone should accept that in a "flagship" app.
  • Well here's mine: http://i.imgur.com/e1aatLq.jpg
    I'm on GPM v5.9.1854R.1904527
    Android 5.0 I don't see why only certain devices could have an EQ. If other apps can support it, then so should GPM regardless of device type. That's ridiculous if it's device restricted.
  • What version of Play Music are you running? I'm running v5.9.1854R.1904527 I have Equalizer in my settings. It has 8 presets (plus Custom), five range controls, a bass boost, and Surround Sound options. I'm a Google Play Music All Access subscriber. Based on the list of settings you posted, I assume you're not. I don't know if that has anything to do with you not having an Equalizer setting or not, but the feature certainly exists. Perhaps you need to do some more research on the app/service before you bash it. Also, all your complaints about how the music syncs is not how it is for me. All my music is beautifully cataloged (with tracks, album art, etc.). Perhaps your collection is crappy due to lack of MP3 metadata. If you ripped all your music from CDs or pirated most of it, the metadata is probably missing or incorrect. I've used Rocket Player in the past. It's a decent app, but I got tired of trying to keep my music synced between phone, desktop, laptop, tablet, etc. Google Play Music does that for me beautifully. I also download a local copy of all my albums/tracks so that I have an offline backup copy. For times when I buy music from other sites, I download a copy to my music folder on my NAS and Google Play Music automatically uploads it to my online library. (I don't have to do anything.) It's unfortunate that your phone OEM dicked with the software and experience. That's the one thing about Android... it can be great or poor, depending on what the OEMs and carriers do with the software.
  • Yep. I just checked and there it was settings. It opened right up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It depends on the phone manufacturer. Some phones have it, some don't.
  • He or she is talking about the Play music app. The app has its own equalizer.
  • I don't know. The equalizer link in the Play Music app brings up the Audio Effects equalizer built in to my Droid Turbo. I don't think this is a function of the Music app at all, just a link to a service my phone already has (limited as the built-in functioning is) Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • Troll Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only certain products have the equalizer. My Nexus 10 has it, but my M8, and now M9 don't. Same with our GS5 and GS6 in our household. Posted from my HTC One M9 via Android Central App
  • If that's the case, then it is yet another black mark against Google and the Play app. NEVER allow a handset maker to determine an app's functionality. P.S. Stop downvoting me because you disagree guys. Downvote does not equal "I disagree".
  • It's because some manufacturers and carriers will delete apps or remove functions out of a phone version for their own dubious or personal purposes. More than likely your HTC has built in equalizer for music. But I don't know because I haven't used an HTC since the One X+. Based off of the releases and choices they've had and made since then, sounds like I made a good choice. At least the One X+ had an awesome screen to bezel ratio. Now all they care about is putting that huge HTC lettering bar underneath the screen.
  • Why is it that other apps can build in equalizers but Google has to limit theirs to specific devices? It doesn't make sense unless they are cutting corners which limits the functionality. Google needs to implement a proper equalizer that works on all devices. That's obviously possible as nearly every music service can do it...unless you're saying Google doesn't hire competent developers.
  • Isn't that exactly what down voting is for? I didn't down vote you, just curious -Posted via the Android Central App on my LG G4-
  • It doesn't store songs in a convenient "music" folder with proper file names, because they do not want you to have access to the actual MP3 files. It's a streaming service, and it doesn't allow you to download songs even from the web, it's only on your device as you have it cached for offline playback.
  • That's a major reason why I'm considering switching to XBox Music if they update their Android app.
  • What in the world are you talking about? Any music you buy through Play can be Cached on your phone. Including music you are uploading from a home device. The problem is that it stores that music in a caching folder rather than in the default music folder. Their streaming service is also terrible. I can stream Pandora or Spotify with NO ISSUES, but Play music? Stalls, choppy, horrible quality, cuts out, the app crashes, etc. Worst streaming experience I ever had.
  • I'm talking about their streaming service, All Access, you aren't supposed to be able to access the straight MP3's. Songs you purchase/download yes you can.
  • Yes, of course. My issue with the caching was with PURCHASED songs, not ones accessd via the streaming service. So your initial comment was a complete non-sequitur.
  • There is a button in the Google Music web app (and in the "music uploader" sidecar app) that says, literally "Download my entire library" and then tells you how many songs that is. You click twice, and it starts downloading ALL of your songs. I have 34,000+ songs in my match/upload/purchased library. Two clicks.
  • Not for songs through all access
  • >Bishounan: Your comment is not accurate at all. It does have an equalizer, it's had an equalizer even before it was called Play, although every music site I've ever used that has an equalizer, including iTunes, I've always found just leaving it alone has the best sound. I have had nothing but the best experience with GPM. And it's only gotten better with each update. Use it for working out, my car, at home, etc. Pretty much nothing we can't find and I'm locked into a $7.99 a month subscription fee. So far it's been top notch. Whether I'm streaming or listening to it from download, it's performed just as good as any other music service I've had based on my WiFi or cellular connection. And even though I have Amazon music with my Prime subscription, I still use GPM 99% of the time because it's just better for me.
  • It is accurate, for my copy of Play. Apparently, whether or not the Equalizer shows up varies from handset to handset. If I had a screenshot I would post it. My app has no equalizer. As I previously noted, having the EQ only show up on some handsets and not on others is actually a WORSE sin than not having it at all. There are few things worse for an app to do than to have an inconsistent user experience. As far as sound quality and EQ goes, if you aren't having good sound by altering the EQ, then your app probably has a terrible EQ to begin with, and the defaults are the only settings that sound good. In my case, having a high quality 10 band EQ in my music app of choice allows me to tailor the music experience perfectly. My preferred app actually allows me to set the EQ on a per song basis, so each song can have perfectly equalized sound.
  • I do not have the equalizer option in my Google play app either. Can't complain, as I've never needed one, but I just checked out of curiosity. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Folks! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't listen to them so... Posted via the Android Central App
  • While not shown on the release ad, confirmed the album is available on Xbox Music. But I've never listened to Muse, so.......
  • It seems to be available for $10.49 on Google Play, and it's available to stream as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You know what would be awesome? If I read articles in full before making stupid comments.
  • Read people...it doesn't say it's not available on Google Play. It says it's not mentioned that it's available on Google Play
  • Read an article before commenting? What planet are you from? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Not that people shouldn't read the articles, but they could also make the title better to help alleviate confusion. Something like, "Another major album release forgets to mention Google Play Music" would be much better, I think.
  • I'll do you one better. Just make the entire article the headline. That should fix the whole problem. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • That's because GP doesn't want shit bands on their service.
  • +1 Mehates Muse as well. Them and Vampire Weekend. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Both are awesome.
  • I hate "methinks" much more than I could ever hate Muse. -Posted via the Android Central App on my LG G4-
  • So why is it that this very album is in the Google Music collection? I mean you DID read the article, right?
  • Did you? Anyway, get over it. Lighten up! It was a simple joke to stir people up. It was a generalisation. I guess it worked. Even though I think Muse are annoying and make horrible music, It was still a joke aimed at google.
  • Perhaps AC can block users with shit taste in music, starting with you.
  • they might as well go with you next, you know, because the whole "opinion" thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Then it should be stated as opinion and not fact.
  • On your opinion but obviously you are a drone so.. Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013
  • I saw it on google play for sale but really...who needs to buy when there is google music subscription?
  • This is no different than the days where advertising for apps only mentioned the App Store and Not Google play. This is 100% the responsibility of Google to push Play Music to the forefront. But we all know how lazy Google can be about Advertising its own products
  • Bjorks new album is nowhere to be seen on gps
  • Been using google play all access for about a year, and just canceled this month. It wssmy because of selection, it was because the player was slow to loaf, ui/ux is terrible. And to nail it all, I use multiple devices, the 10 device limit towards reauthorizing devices now has them holding MY library hostage. Never will I use google play again. I'm just getting by on Spotify promos and downloading mixtapes Posted via the Android Central App
  • this is easy... it's because basically no on uses google play to buy mp3s, and if you are a user of it you'd know to search for it anyway.
    why is it surprising that they only link to the physical releases on amazon? wouldn't you want that on the forefront? and besides that you get a free mp3 copy whenever you buy a CD or vinyl album that has a digital copy available...
    i accidentally visited android central for the first time in years today. i realize why i left with the first article.
  • Apple has been known to lean on app developers and artists who don't feature iTunes front and center. That may have been the case here. I wouldn't doubt it in the least.
  • Maybe Android users are smart enough to not have to be told where to look? --- This message brought to you via the sarcasm keyboard available for download at the Google Play Store.
    LG-G2 on Lollipop.
  • i'll get it from Kickass.to
  • Same. That's been my main provider lately with TPB in second Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013
  • It looks like more of a graphic design choice. I mean, they listed the top 3 services and there's about a million other services that aren't listed. To be honest, most people I talk to aren't even aware that Google has a music service. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Considering how poor Amazon's selection is, I can't imagine they are bigger than Google.
  • Hardly any artists mention Google Play. Happens in Hip Hop too. All they know is iTunes. Posted via Android Central App on The Nexus 5
  • Every time I see a band with a social media post about a new album or song on iTunes I go check Google Music. If they have it which most of the time they do, I always left a comment saying so.
  • No mention of Xbox music either.
  • I actually use the default player whenever possible because the Google play UI is so cluttered. I have a few albums on gp that were not on Amazon, but my preferred method is buy the CD and download or rip it myself, just so I can use the built- in player. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL Jonathan Leduc, I was going to say that, did they also forget to mention piratebay.
  • Surely it's down to Google not paying to have their name on the advert. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wake me when Tool releases their catalog on ANY music service...minus Pirate Bay. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love how a simple joke can start such a massive debate! Haha.
  • Even though Drones are available on GP I'm really starting to be tired because of the lacking of this service (when compared to the Spotify). There are too many bands and albums missing that I am/was interested in and my pursuit of keepeing all services connected with one account may not be sufficient in here.
  • "There's still some work to be done there, apparently." Yip - they need to get their wallet out. Nobody is giving away anything for free. I did what I always do - bought the physical CD from Amazon and they put the digital version in my cloud library for me. Job done.
  • I do the same. Very convenient and older CDs are generally around $4.99, much less than what they charge on iTunes or Play. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Is Muse still even considered "major"? Just asking. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm surprised the non-mention of Play Music on Muse's page is a big deal, when Play Music streaming is NOT available in significantly more places than, say Spotify - I can only vouch for the Philippines, where I live, where GP music is not available and Spotify is a big deal here. P.S. I DL'd this, then had a listen. This is good but not as good as 'Resistance.' This is more Vampire Weekend than Coldplay. A bit disappointing.