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…)

Google Play Music Update Brings Songza Integration

After purchasing Songza earlier this year, a company which created “contextual expert-curated playlists to give you the right music at the right time,” it appears that Google is ready to unveil the work it has done to integrate the service into their own music platform, Google Play Music.

From what has been announced, the integration is somewhat minimal, but users will see a big difference in the Listen Now section of the application. Once the application is updated on your device, you will see many more “expertly curated” playlists that are suited to time of day, weather, activities, and the date.  (more…)

This is Google Play Music 5.6.1640 With a Material Design Makeover

By the time Android 5.0 “Lollipop” officially arrives for the world to use with the Nexus 9 on November 3, I would imagine that Google will flip the switch on a number of massive updates to its core Google apps. We are talking design overhauls of Gmail, Maps, Drive, and Google Play Music with Material Design. But, since we know that many of you would rather not have to wait another couple of weeks to see what’s in store, we thought we should point out that a number of the new re-made apps have surfaced through a leak that has been incorporated into a Nexus 4 ROM. That’s right, someone leaked a ROM from the Nexus 6, which included all of the refreshed Google apps, like Play Music.

So yeah, this is what Google Play Music 5.6.1640 looks like. How pretty is this?  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Which Streaming Music Service Do You Use?

A paid subscription to Google Play Music is something I generally believe that I can’t live without going forward. I use it every single day. I listen to music streamed from the service while working, while in the car, if I’m cooking, and while I workout. I am constantly streaming music. My playlists change often. New music enters my rotation regularly (that I don’t have to pay extra for). And I often find throwback tunes to my wilder and much younger days that bring a smile to my face today. Streaming music services like Google Play are awesome.

Which brings us to today’s poll. Are you using a streaming music service? If so, which one?

There are countless services to choose from at this point. In fact, I narrowed the list down to what I would consider to be the nine most popular, half of which I myself haven’t even been able to try. From Google Music to iTunes Radio to Beats Music to Spotify, you have so many options that all offer somewhat different experiences. As I mentioned above, Google Play Music works for me, but there may be another service that fits your needs.

Let us know – which streaming music service do you use?

Which Streaming Music Service Do You Use?

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T-Mobile Doubles Number of Music Freedom Services, Google Play Music Coming Eventually

T-Mobile announced this morning that it has doubled the number of streaming music services available through its Music Freedom movement. Also, the winner of its social voting poll, where customers told T-Mobile the music service they would most like to see included in the service, has concluded. Google Play Music ran away with the vote by gobbling up almost 750,000 votes.  (more…)

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…)