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Google Play Music Update Supports Gapless Playback, Other Nifty Features

Android audiophiles can get a little excited today since Google decided to push out an update to their Play Music application. The biggest addition, something that it was previously lacking, is gaplass playback. No longer will there be an awkward pause between your songs as you go through your party playlist, just smooth uninterrupted tunes.

Google also expanded the types of playlists you can keep on your device as well as “auto-generated Instant Mixes on Recent tab based on your favorite songs.” Improvements for offline playback have been added and make this a very solid update to the Play Music application. It’s live in the Play Store now.

Do you guys use Google Music or another streaming application?

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Cheers William, Jason, and Craig!

  • brando56894

    I use Pandora One mostly, since I only have 32 GB on my Gnex (compared to the 48 GB I had on my Rezound) I’ll probably be using it more in the future.

  • michael o’brien

    I wish you could upload music that you have on your phone, instead of being forced to use the music manager on the PC.

  • Can someone explain what gapless playback is exactly?

  • I wish Google would open up Google Music to more developers! Just imagine PowerAmp infused with Google Music!

  • ilovetechnology

    Now I just want that ringtone maker they promised in the Jelly Bean release notes and I’ll be super happy!

  • Mark Mann

    it says in the “what’s new” section of the information page that gapless is only supported in jelly bean…yet no mention of it here or in other blogs about it?

  • Meticode

    I would probably be more inclined to using Google Music if they had swiping available on skipping tracks. Also for whatever reason the album art looks more pixelated than say PowerAmp.

  • Meticode

    I will check it out, but I suspect I will be sticking with PowerAMP still.

  • Dain Laguna

    dunno what i’d do without g music….here is to hoping that tmobiles network wont cause buffering when i switch (though i stick to 3g while driving on my gnex for battery savings anyway)

  • mi470

    Not gapless at all on Motorola Atrix 2 running stock ICS. Works fine on my Nexus 7, but not on all songs.

  • Jesse Priest

    Just tested the gapless playback out, its pretty freaking awesome!

  • T Atlanta

    I use it daily. I’m just glad that I’m grandfathered into unlimited data.

  • fixxmyhead

    not sure why i read gaping playback

  • That it still doesn’t resume all tracks where you left off is a killer for podcast listening.

  • Rizzo

    Now I just wish I could transfer music from phone to phone using android beam. Anyone know why Google Play seems to block it?

    • Rizzo

      Anyone? I know it’s a bit off topic but I haven’t found any info of why I still can’t transfer music from google play via android beam.

  • OreoMan

    This is a huge deal for me. I DJ and have several hundred mix tapes (yes, they’re still called mix tapes) where the tracks pause for a quick sec when using GMusic. I can’t wait to try this when I get home tonight!

  • no back button on the widget is biggest issue, well than and not being able to control google music in the browser with my nexus 7 or galaxy nexus the they way an iphone and ipad can control Itunes. I never realized it didn’t have gapless playback, I thought it was just taking a second to load the next song

  • rslh

    I STILL don’t like the gold headphone logo. Eek.

  • ddevito

    I still wish the service streamed better. But still a welcomed addition. Cheers.

    • Tom Z

      I don’t understand what you mean by “streamed better”. I have never had a problem with the music playback…

      • It can be pretty frustrating on congested 3G, like a small town with a decent sized university. My home town was on 3G until very recently and half the population there are data-sucking student types. Google Music was pretty much unusable there until VZW flipped the 4G switch. Last.FM always worked fine, though.

        • Tom Z

          I was on 3G when I first started using Google Music and don’t remember any issues. I guess each area can be different.

      • ddevito

        I’m happy for you. No really, I am.

        If you’re not on WiFi or LTE it sucks.

        • This is why Verizon is working so hard to get 4G LTE expanded to all 3G areas as soon as possible (set to be completed by the middle of 2013). After experiencing LTE I can’t live without it! I even have a hissy fit when my phone decides to not want to connect to 4G!

  • eddie

    Still not completely gap less, but much closer.

  • Awesome!

  • enob

    Some of my songs have a couple seconds of silence at the end so gapless playback doesn’t make a difference?

  • Hayden7200

    I actually use Amazon for streaming music on my phone. I really want to like the Google Music app but I feel the Amazon one is much better.

  • BenS

    I use Google Music some of time, but I mostly use Audiogalaxy. I have all of my music ripped as FLAC files, and although GM uploads them (and converts to 320kps MP3), Audiogalaxy streams right from my computer. So as long as my home computer is on, I don’t have a problem.

    And yes, I’m well aware that streaming FLAC vs 320 MP3 is most likely not noticeable, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂

    • I could very well be wrong, but I’ve got a good feeling that AG is transcoding your flacs to mp3 anyway.

  • TheWenger

    I have a recording of the 5th movement of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony that’s split up into about 9 tracks. I just listened to the whole thing with no gaps. YES!!!!

  • Markonex

    I use spotify, it looks just as good and is cheaper than purchasing single songs.

  • Oh yes this is a great update I can’t wait to try it out. Now if they just add more widget options and lock screen controls on non google phones and give up the API so it can be included in other music players 🙂

    • This ^ The API… so Sonos will support it.

    • 4n1m4L

      And the Q needs the same features. Sigh

  • La2da

    Will this work with albums I have already uploaded, or just songs I upload from this point going forward?

    • Dan

      My existing music is gapless.

      • La2da


  • Logan Jinks

    I like using Google Music because it helps free up space on my GNex and Nexus 7. But I rarely listen to my own music to make much a difference. That said Google Music is an awesome app is a must have if you are an Android user.

  • TheWenger

    Finally gapless playback!!!!
    That was the only issue I ever had with it.

    • JohnPA2006

      “GapLass” playback, (funny typo in the article)
      Yes this is awesome. Especially for the mixed albums.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Yes, but only on Jelly Bean or higher devices. So yet again, I miss out on a feature because someone (I’m looking at you, Motorola and Verizon) is taking their sweet damn time in updating my device to the latest version of Android. I am SO TIRED of having to buy a new freakin’ device to get the latest Android OS.

  • I love Google Music, but I wish it was easier to fix the incorrect album art on tracks I’ve uploaded.

    • I find thats something on the file itself not GM. All my music downloaded from Zune work perfectly

      • I uploaded my collection from iTunes via the Music Manager. The art is correct for all the albums in iTunes. Any tips?

        • When you upload the new images within the album’s preferences wait a beat for it to upload if you watch close enough you’ll sees the change occur.I ran into this problem by clicking away too fast.

          • I thought that might be the problem, but it doesn’t seem to matter how long I wait.

        • are you doing the corrections through a web browser on music.google.com?

          • Yes, that’s how I’ve been trying to correct them. For some reason it’s not updating the remote file if I re-update the artwork in iTunes, even though the Music Manager is supposed to automatically update the file in the cloud if the original updates.

            It’d be awesome to be able to mass-edit large sections of songs through an interface, even if it was browser-based. Is there any way of doing that?

        • michael arazan

          Now if Google music would let me share my paid music with my friends for free, like the old days.

    • rslh

      Simply upload your own album art! I can even change the album artwork with music I buy from Google Play, and take on additional tracks with no problem.

    • With the whole music identifier service coming out soon that may no longer be an issue

  • William_Morris

    I have been waiting for this feature for so long.

  • DanWazz

    Google music is my best friend.

  • Buy This

    It never fails. Right after I do my TiBu’s and CWM backups…every time.

  • Mark F


  • Matt Tanner

    Google music is my favorite music service. I don’t buy enough new music to necessitate spotify.

  • Jeffrey Garcia

    Poweramp FTW! Still loving the UI better than Google Music.

  • Marv Adan

    Google Music FTW. @NW_me

  • Alex Schechter

    Haha yea! Google Music gets updated the day I get my first pair of bluetooth headphones!

  • JamesU513

    Google Music FTW – not happy with the app navigation however. It used to be great

    • I miss being able to click on the artist and get the list of albums by them

      • Oh my god, THIS.

      • snowblind64

        Not sure what you’re talking about. I went to artists, tapped one and it expanded to show all of their albums.

        • You used to be able to tap the album art of a song that was playing and see clickable fields for artist, album, and track, which you could use to get to the album tracklist or all albums by that artist. They removed it pretty early in the app’s life for reasons that have confounded pretty much everyone since.

  • JDHokie

    I wish album covers would appear on the widget.

    • JamesU513

      The widget DOES show the album cover, you might have an old version

      • JDHokie

        Whoops. I mean the “Play – My Library” music widget. Just displays generic covers, not the actual album cover. You’re correct – the Google Play widget does show album cover.

  • Dark Side of the Moon, here I come

    • Anything BTBAM as well. Excited to be able to listen to Parallax II in it’s full glory at work.

      • anon

        This. I have been using power amp simply to listen to future sequence.