What we expected in “weeks” was announced early this afternoon. Google took the wraps off YouTube Music Key, a paid streaming service which includes unlimited, ad-free access to music videos. If that is not enough, the search giant also unveiled a new dedicated tab for tunes on YouTube.com and the YouTube app. (more…)
Since the beginning of the service, users who wished to subscribe to magazine feeds, TV shows, or have access to Play Music All Access, needed a credit card on file to be charged when it came time to pay Google.
Starting recently, it appears Google has made it possible to use your Google Play balance to pay for subscriptions, such as your Google Wallet balance or Google Play balance (gift cards, survey rewards, etc.). While we are not entirely sure if the ability to pay with your Google Wallet balance is new, since we have not subscribed to any services on Google Play since the launch of All Access, the ability to subscribe to services with a gift card is entirely new. (more…)
According to a new leak, Google may look to rebrand Google Play Music All Access soon. Not only rebrand, but introduce an entirely new service alongside it. Thanks to information posted by Android Police, more details are being leaked which cover a possibly upcoming service called YouTube Music Key. Upon YT Music Key’s unveiling, Google will rename All Access to Google Play Music Key, then promote the two services alongside one another for one monthly fee. (more…)
Two years ago, shortly after Google first introduced Google Play Music, the service caught a bunch of flack after it both frustrated and scared users with a limit on the number of devices that could be authorized and then deauthorized from an account. In 2012, the public cried over the deauthorized limit the most, which only gave users the opportunity to deauthorize up to four devices per year before it would essentially lock them out. Google fixed the issues by opening up deauthorizations to all in what seemed like an unlimited capacity. However, that 4-device limit seems to have quietly returned. (more…)
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…)
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…)