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Google’s Music Explorer Goes Live in the Play Store, a Visually Beautiful Music Discovery Tool

When Google introduced Android 4.2 this week, they made quick mention of a new music discovery service that would soon arrive in the Google Play store. The service, called Music Explorer, is now live and fully functional if you’d like to give it a spin. Actually, we heard from readers who saw it go live last night, but it now seems to be available to most users.

To access it, you need to grab your nearest Android tablet (I can’t tell if it’s coming to phones or not) and open up the music section in Google Play. Then, find an artist you like, tap on an album of theirs, and look for a box close to the price that says “Explore similar artists.” That’s actually a button that you can tap on – so tap on it. You will then be whisked away into the Music Explorer world. Check out the video below to see how to interact with it.


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  • manofaction

    Hmm, pretty much EXACTLY like a feature from the Zune software! Loved that feature!

  • Benjamin Clay

    I think its a cool feature, but I think they need to make sure that the songs they sample for each artist actually displays the artists talent. For instance, Bruno Mars played a song that had another artist singing during the sample. Omarion’s sample was a song he did with Rick Ross and only had Rick Ross’ verse.

  • Knlegend1

    That Kendrick Lamar GKMC is a great album!!!!

  • ddevito

    It’s cool – but too many times when you try to go back to the original artist you started from the UI gets wonky and you get lost in negative space.

  • Marcus Reid

    I use Google Music for most of my own music to sync from the cloud. And Pandora to listen to anything else. I’ve tried Spotify which I liked during my trial but I can’t see paying almost $10 a month=Pass. Now this service how will it fair in my musical enriched day hmmm…

  • Totally works on my Gnex running liquid rc7.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Just checked it out Google did a nice job on it.

  • ElixirBlack

    Great job on this by Google. Very cool.

  • Brandon Heid

    Gotta love Kendrick on the cover!

  • wes

    Some of the songs that play with an artist are mixed up. For example, Edgar Winter’s bio plays a hardcore rap song.

  • I do love using Google Play Music for the convenience of having my music available for me on all of my devices. There is even an app that I use to bring it up on my ipod touch. So I might give this a try if it becomes available on phones.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Someone drop that apk. I wanna see if it works on my XOOM.

    • Buckoman

      It’s not an APK. It’s built right into the Play Store’s Music section.

  • asfdsafaa

    Can you link this to google play? I can’t find it.

    • There isn’t really a link. You grab an Android tablet, open the Play Store, go to the Music section, tap on an album, and it should show up as an option next to the price of the album.

  • renGek

    Its cool. But nothing really different since those “similar artists” were always there. Just a different presentation. But cool to see and use nonetheless.

  • Michael swaim

    its not there for me, im on the Samsung Tab 10.1

  • Is this only for tables or for phones as well?

    • Pretty sure just tablets for now.

    • Tyler Casilio

      tables and chairs only I believe

  • Looks like an awesome new way to browse music. Who here uses Google Music regularly? Just curious as I use their cloud service often, although I have not purchased music through them yet.

    • I do occasionally. I find myself buying less and less music though, and using streaming services more and more.

      • Could you put a link to the play store for this?

        • onDroid

          It’s not an app, there is nothing to download. It is in the play store in the music section and appears when you look at an artist or album. Also, it is only available on tablets right now.

          • yeah, I just figured that out once he put the 2nd picture up

      • This music explorer does seem to be a nice first step to a Pandora type service from Google. I feel like with Microsoft’s Xbox Music Pass and rumors of Apple iTune radio, it’s only a matter of time before Google launches a streaming service.

      • El Big CHRIS

        If Google could pull something like Spotify and let me save and make playlists of my radio liked music, I’d drop 10 a month for that. Until then, Spotify it is.

      • michael arazan

        There is already a similar artist option under the reviews in play music section already, like in the same place where it says “more by this developer” for apps

    • renGek

      I buy music from them. I buy either from them or amazon. Sometimes amazon is cheaper and easier to transport to different devices. However google music has a higher sampling rate.

      • misterwight

        I always have trouble getting Amazon’s downloads to work correctly. I’ve actually given up on using their website/downloader, and instead use the Amazon mp3 app. It’s ridiculous how much trouble it is to download something purchased legitimately.

    • I use streaming services… Microsoft’s music service is great!

  • ok

    Not there for me 🙁