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Tip: Do a Google Search for Artists, Tap Quick Links to Apps to Listen to Them

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If you are looking for one of the quickest ways to listen to your favorite artists, Google has you covered. A simple Google Search for the artist name will bring up not only information, images, and news for that artist, but there will also be a list of apps on your device capable of playing that artist immediately. Tap your favorite music  service, and bam, you are taken to the artist page or list of results within the app to get you listening away.

As you can see from my screenshots, apps like YouTube and Google Music were both listed, but other services like iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Rdio should also be supported.

Give it a try, if you are in the US. 

Via:  @Google
  • pjdeyo

    Using Google play on a galaxy S5 left that it’d bit out

  • pjdeyo

    Can’t get songs off my recent or stored playlist to delete even using delete button, what’s up with that. If anyone can help sure would like some.Google play on my galaxy S5

  • Chris

    Not working for me yet, apparently. That, or I’m an utter and complete idiot. Either reality seems equally plausible.

  • Alexis Gonzalez

    I wish it worked like Shazam. Say OK Google to listen for the song playing then allow us to play it on any streaming service like Spotify.

  • WalkerNA

    I actually just discovered this last night and was VERY happy with it! Worked very well when I was trying to stream music (or the YouTube music video) to my Chromecast

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  • WitnessG

    Doesn’t work for me. It says “Get updates about ___”

  • Joshua Kirchmer

    I’ve always had issue with Google Now and music.

    in this instance, if I search Beyonce, it pulls up the results as you describe them, but when I click “Play Music” it boots me to the store and asks me to PURCHASE Beyonce’s stuff. (note: I don’t subscribe to All Access)

    likewise, if I say “Ok Google now, listen to “Partition”by Beyonce”, it will pull some random karaoke version and search my google music for that, and bring up no results.

    this is an issue I’ve made Google aware of, but still no fix.

    also, if you say Play me some songs from [album], that straight up doesn’t work.

    • James

      Yep, same issue here. These functions needs lots of work. I have tons of music uploaded to my Google Music account. Yet if I try the search feature outlined here, I get sent to the Play Store to purchase songs I already have. It’s a gimmick to increase sales.

  • Droid Ronin

    Legit. Works well

  • FocusedOnDistractions

    I’m only seeing streaming content when I try this. I hope that’s a glitch, because if this is designed to not search local content, it’s just obnoxious.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Why would you be Google Searching for local content on your device? Especially if the files aren’t named/tagged properly.

      • FocusedOnDistractions

        If the point of the feature is to respond to an artist query by providing links to apps that have access to that artist’s content, why would want to exclude all local content from that query? If I do a search for Eric Clapton, I’m just as interested in whether there happens to be any Eric Clapton content on my device at the moment as I am in whether there happen to be any Eric Clapton videos on YouTube.

  • John Davids

    Tap links? Why complicate it. Just say “Ok Google, listen to Dr. Dre” and 5 seconds later you will be bumpin The Next Episode! :-)

    Now if only the X+1 would come out so I don’t even have to unlock my phone. The always-on listening feature of the X is killer. Heres hoping the X+1 brings the noise on the spec front.

    • TeeJay1100

      That is one feature I long for (Always listening). I hope Google implements this in the next Nexus device or Android Silver!! I want to experience what it’s like not having to unlock my phone for functions!!

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    • johnesmokesjr

      I wholeheartedly agree with all of what you stated.