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Google Music Update 5.6.1608P Moves “Downloaded Only” Toggle to Slideout Menu

A new update to Google Music is rolling out today as build 5.6.1608P. The update isn’t massive by any means, but does include a couple of tweaks here and there to the layout.

First, in the slideout navigation menu, you will see a new toggle for “Downloaded Only” music, which is a way for Google Music to only show the music that you have stored on-device. This option used to be tucked inside of a drop-down menu at the top of the app, a menu that is now gone completely. The app now shows a “Downloaded Only” text bar when the option has been toggled, as well. Finally, in playlists, the “pin” button seems to have been swapped out for a “download” icon. 

As we find more, we will update this post.

Update:  They also made account switching easier through the slideout navigation and are attempting to organize the devices screen.

You can grab the apk below if you aren’t seeing the update through Google Play yet.

Play Link | Download Link

Cheers Nazim!
  • Manish

    I show button “downloaded only’ once in as second screen shot but once i click it i am never getting it again, any clue how to toggle it again? also left panel is also not having downloaded only toggle

  • Ezzy

    The UI and search/sort capabilities are so subpar and Google IS A SEARCH GIANT?! I love the amount of content on GPMAA, but using it is a pain. I’m just too old for these new UI’s, I wish it had an option for a folder/file manager 😀

  • xplosneer

    Yes, let’s take away the space efficient in-bar offline button, add it into the sidebar (okay, fine), AND add an annoying grey bar on top to take away space from the already space-wasting GPM.

  • Masson Liang

    For some reason my profile picture refuses to load.

  • Shirtless_Peja

    Anyone have a problem using their desktop and the main music site? You hit play, it plays about 3 seconds of the song and stops. But it appears it is still playing as the sound level bars beside the songs are still moving, but the time indicator down below is stopped. It’s usually worse in the morning for me and happens in FF, IE, and Chrome browsers. All my plugins are updated and have contacted google support about it…..they were of no help. Afternoons are usually better, but can still experience it. Its about worthless through my browser.

    Also I have the G2 issue as well. Guess I am just lucky on all fronts.

  • Jason Kahn

    I still haven’t gotten the google search update. Anyone have the APK? No hope I’ll get this update anytime soon. Oh and my Nexus 5 has some massive bugs on 4.4.4 auto brightness has gone hay wire. The data drop outs are hourly and the camera still refuses to focus properly in fact I think it’s actually worse now.

  • pasdabru

    Hey Google, how about the ability to upload new music via
    the app…wow now there’s a thought!

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  • Bigsike

    Has anyone else noticed Gmusic constantly running? I’ve been meaning to ask for a while but I see the app running every time I check for apps in the background. Not sure it’s a huge deal just wondering.

    • mgamerz

      It runs a service that checks if it should download music for offline. I have a playlist pinned for local storage and add to it from the web and it downloads almost as soon as I add to the playlist.

  • All I want is for this to work on my LG G2 without giving me a playback error every song.

  • Google music

    Anyone noticing issues with lg pad? Downloaded music playlist stops playing randomly on songs? Already tried uninstalling and reinstalling and re downloading the music, please help, any thoughts help.

  • Rovindra Singh

    FIrst screenshot – can someone please explain to me why whenever you have multiple accounts on your phone the profile pictures get screwed up for one of them. One displays perfectly and the other(s) come up blank, this is especially true for apps like Gmail, where even messages you send don’t show the profile picture in sender image. This is beyond infuriating! Anyone else encountering this issue?

    • mgamerz

      I think it’s tied to Google+ sign in. I don’t see contact pictures until I’ve opened it once with that account. I don’t know if it affects multiple gmail accounts.

      • Rovindra Singh

        I think you’re right about that, but there seems to be something else because I signed into Google+ on both accounts I have on my phone and the problem still persists. What’s strange is that the sender images (including my own) for Gmail doesn’t display for my Primary Gmail Account, the one I signed into to activate my Nexus 5, the other Gmail account that I signed into months after is taking precedence, it’s so ridiculous.

  • pball_inuyasha

    I just want a random feature which plays random songs from the queue (like every other music player I’ve used before). The shuffle feature randomizes all songs after the currently playing song, which one doesn’t do anything to all previous songs and two ruins the order of the queue if you don’t want it random any more.

    • miri

      They fixed that months ago.

      • pball_inuyasha

        Amazing they actually did (sorta) fix it. The play list returns to it’s original state when shuffle is off, still would prefer the “normal” method of jumping in the play list. I mean how are you supposed to find a single song if you feel like listening to one song now?

  • BluNight

    This app could be so much better: Themes, able to add artwork via mobile app, music id, lyrics, radio station (pandora) etc.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Am I the only one that misses this Google Play Music UI?

    • EraserXIV

      The UI as a whole was never great, but has improved. The old one was a nightmare, let’s not bring that back.

      • Open1Your1Eyes0

        List-View was much more space efficient and easier on the eyes than Card-View in my opinion. Especially if you have a huge library.

        • James

          AFAIK, Google Play Music doesn’t employ “card view” anywhere in the app, at least not “card view” in the typical sense used by Google Now and Google+. It has added more album artwork and artist photos throughout the app, however, if that’s what you are referring to. I don’t think the old UI showed much more info at one time, but “easier on the eyes” is a judgement call.

    • HELL NO

    • xzero425x

      I just wish the current google music would get a darker theme. its just to oddly colored

  • Hooterman

    All I want is the ability to change/add artist artwork for tracks that I’ve uploaded myself and it can’t match automatically! My album cover art view looks great, my artists view looks terrible. 🙁

    • Aaron C

      Holy good god, how long will we have to wait for this??? Come one, Google, get it together already.

    • One of the main reasons I can’t use GPM. Too Mich missing album artwork and no way to add it. Its especially bad when it shows up in other music apps.

      • JSo

        You can add album artwork on the Google Play Music web site. Just not in the app. But I think he’s talking about artist images. Where it shows the banner of the artist at the top. I too would like this. I have some of my own music uploaded that I wish I could add an artist image to.

        • James

          Yes, I believe he is talking about the artist banners. Users can change those. So if an artist isn’t in Google’s database or the picture sucks, there’s no way to do anything about it.

          • James

            Typo: I meant users CAN’T change artist banners. Users CAN change album artwork, but NOT from the app.

        • Yea I shouldn’t have to get on the website just to do that or download music I purchased. It should automatically load the jpg in the folder as the album artwork a all my album folders have artwork only 60% show up in GPM where in every other music app I have used they automatically show up or download and add it.

          • JSo

            It all depends on how the player reads artwork. Some will recognize the jpg file in the music folder and some, like Google Music I believe, read only the music file itself. And if the music file doesnt have any album artwork embedded into the file, it wont show. I use MediaMonkey for all my album artwork embedding. That way, no matter where I put the files, there will always be artwork. The app is just the middle man between you and the web service. You can’t expect it to do everything.

          • Oh I use MP3 edit. Do you have the link to Media Monkey I couldn’t find it in the Play Store? It sounds like a better option since it embeds the artwork in the files.

          • JSo

            Oh, no. Its a media player for desktops like Windows Media PLayer or iTunes. Sorry. But it is still the best option for my personal music files.

    • James

      Likewise, it sucks we can’t edit tags/metadata (title, artist, album, etc.) from the app yet. The web interface works fine, but this would seem an easy and useful addition to the app.

      • mgamerz

        Idk. The web interface one still sucks in my opinion. I’ll edit an album art and it applies to only some songs at random. Sometimes my edits don’t make any changes. It’s sad really.

    • Sporttster

      I’m still using a older apk version until they get the album art figured out. It looks completely ridiculous atm. Doesn’t scroll, doesn’t fit the screen. Half a album art stuck on the play screen is ridiculous looking…..

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  • finally…so i can now use this stupid app i pay monthly for at my new gym were there is no cell service?…yeah clouds the future…f your cloud

    • James

      Um, yeah, Google Music has had a pin function since it was released.

    • Pedro

      Maybe you should consider another provider, or more flab.

      • michael interbartolo

        or maybe he learns how to use the app 🙂 since pinning to the device (aka downloading) has been there for a long time

    • michael interbartolo

      my kids have plenty of music pinned to their tablets for quite a while now using G music. not sure what you are complaining about.

  • ianxcom

    Hopefully it fixes the lg g2 issue.

    • Cody

      Glad I’m not the only one with that. Roms don’t help.

    • BobButtons

      What is it? I have a G2 and haven’t noticed any problems. (VZW G2, XDABBEB v1.2.1)

      • ianxcom

        Music streaming error. Happens on WiFi, offline and with data.

  • cjohn4043

    I want the download button to be more accessible. As of right now, its impossible to do batch downloads…or am I missing something?

    • Ryan O’Neill

      If you make the “Last Added” playlist available offline, then whenever you add new songs they automatically get downloaded to your phone. Not really related, but could be useful.

      • Carlos Lopez

        I just created a playlist and called it new stuff but that works too

    • BeejRich

      My issue with the download button is that I I have to download the whole albums, I can’t download individual songs off of albums if the whole ablum is in my library.

      • Carlos Lopez

        It sucks cuz then you have to go and remove some songs from the album

        • BeejRich

          I actually just got in touch with Google and they said to avoid that, just make a playlist of the songs you want (individual or a few) and download the playlist. I never thought of it.

    • True, it isn’t accessible enough, but I get around that by pinning playlists instead of albums.
      “Songs I want on my phone”
      “Travelling music”
      etc. Then just update the playlists with the songs you want at the time, and the music pinned to your phone updates as well.

  • JSo

    I was excited for a possible new look when I saw the update. But no.

    • MacNificent

      Yeah.. I’m over the orange.

      • EraserXIV

        But orange is the new black

        • Giovonni Fareed

          good one! lmaoo

      • miri

        It’s always going to be orange. That’s Play Music’s brand color.

        • MacNificent

          I understand that. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t change it or that I have to like it.

    • MacNificent

      The orange looks horrible to me!

  • DanielMena9

    Available on iOS for a LONG time.

    • PoisonApple31

      So….? It’s not like “Downloaded Only” is a new feature on Android, it’s just located in a different spot. The functionality has been around a long time.

      • DanielMena9

        Right! I was mentioning my frustration of Google releasing app version on iOS before Android like Google Music but more importantly Hangouts where on iOS you can place calls :/

        • PoisonApple31

          Ok. Sorry. It wasn’t clear to me. :/

      • Aaron C

        Call me a fuddy duddy, but I liked the old spot. Google just loves to mess with stuff to confuse folks, don’t they.

        • PoisonApple31

          I liked it better too.