1 Year in: Google has Sold “Millions” of Chromecasts, Gives Away Free Google Music to Celebrate

Today, Google is celebrating the birthday of Chromecast by announcing a handful of stats to show how popular their HDMI streaming dongle has become. At $35, the Chromecast is still one of the best values in tech, as it allows you to take all sorts of media and “cast” it directly to almost any screen. It is a fantastic tool.

According to Google, they have sold “millions” of Chromecast devices in this first year, have tracked more than 400 million casts, and are selling the device in 20 countries and 30,000 stores across the globe. I don’t know that any of us saw this dongle becoming such a big seller, but like I just mentioned, there is incredible value there. It was sold out for months on Amazon and Google Play when initially launched before Google could catch up to demand. One year in, I would say that Chromecast has been a surprise success.  (more…)

Deal: Buy a Nexus 7 from Google Play, Get 3 Free Months of All Access

In case you needed a reason to pick up a spare Nexus 7 (2013) or two, Google is offering fairly good incentive for residents of the US.

From now until September 30, you can get 3 free months of Google Play Music All Access with the purchase of a Nexus 7 through the Play Store. Only customers who aren’t subscribed to All Access or who haven’t already activated a free trial before are eligible. (more…)

Deal: Get Google Play Music All Access Free for 6 Months with the Purchase of Any Sonos Player

Like music, but would rather not pay for it? Sonos has the deal for you. From now until July 5, you can get 6 months of Google Play Music All Access for free with the purchase of any Sonos player.

The timing of the promotion is impeccable, as Sonos recently added support for Play Music and All Access to its Sonos Controller for Android. The latest update integrates Play Music into that app’s universal search function, and allows you to beam tunes from Google’s service to one or many Sonos speakers.  (more…)

Feature Request: Google, Don’t Make Music Listening on All Access an Individual Experience

Welcome to another edition of our feature requests. Last time, we asked Motorola to tweak its Active Display features to be a bit more like AcDisplay, to make things a bit easier to use. Today, our request focuses on Google Music All Access. We are humbly asking Google to let us get other people involved, because as The Beatles once said, we all get by with a little help from our friends.  (more…)

Google Music Now Allows Users to Upload Songs Through Chrome Browser

Since the launch of Google Music, the only way for users to upload music was through a separate desktop application. If you used that application, you might know that it’s not the most intuitive thing ever created, and sometimes, would bog down your entire computer while it uploaded tracks.

Today, Google is looking to fix this issue, with the release of a new Lab which allows for the uploading of songs right from your Chrome browser.  (more…)