Google Play Music Gets Free, Ad-Supported Radio Streaming in US

Google just announced that Google Play Music now has free, ad-supported radio streaming in the US. That means anyone can login to Play Music, pick a curated playlist, and enjoy free tunes.

The lists could be workout jams, those made to help you wake up happier, something to boost your energy, or hits that will help you wind down for the night. Google has a “team of music experts” who craft each station song by song, “so you don’t have to.”

The free streaming service is available today on the web at music.google.com and will rollout to Android and iOS later this week.  (more…)

Unreleased Gramophone Music App Does Material Design Right

During last year’s Google I/O, when the company announced and displayed Material Design for the first time, they previewed a non-existent music app that looks nothing like today’s Google Play Music. Of course, what Google showed off was simply what Material Design could be, and thanks to a soon-to-be-released app called Gramophone, folks who wished they had that music player might be in luck.  (more…)

How to: Store Music on Android Wear for Offline Playback

With an update to Android 4.4W.2, Android Wear now supports music playback while offline, which is a fancy way of saying that it is not connected to your phone. This is a pretty useful new feature, as you can pair your watch with a Bluetooth headset, leave your phone behind, and enjoy music on the go (it’s great for workouts where you don’t want to lug your massive phone around).

Since many of you are now receiving this new 4.4W.2 update, we thought it was time to walk you through the steps on how to setup this new functionality. The entire process can be a bit tricky, and is also insanely slow, so let’s talk it out together.  (more…)