Yep, Google Re-Introduced Their 4-Device Limit on Deauthorizations in Google Music

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…)

Google Music Updated to v5.6.1616 – Adds “I’m Feeling Lucky” 1×1 Widget, Re-Skins Other Widget

Google Play Music received an update today to v5.6.1616, which is pretty minor considering the previous public build was v5.6.1609. The update does include two new goodies, though, a re-skinned 4×1 widget, plus another 1×1 widget that gives you instant access to “I’m feeling lucky” radio.

The new 1×1 widget allows you to single-tap, roll a die, and start listening to music that Google Music thinks you will enjoy. It’s super handy if you ever need a quick mix and don’t feel like even opening the app itself.  (more…)

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…)

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.  (more…)

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

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.  (more…)