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…)

Report: Apple Debates Bringing Official iTunes App to Android

In an interesting story that broke late last week, it is being reported by Billboard that Apple is currently mulling over the idea of launching an official iTunes application for Android devices. At the heart of the report is a year-over-year drop in iTunes percentage of sales, as well as an 11% drop in music sales in the US.

As a new source of income, Apple will also attempt to launch a true on-demand service to compete against Spotify, Beats Music, and Google’s All Access, according to this report. (more…)

Google Offering Up 60 Days of All Access for Free to Chromebook Owners, Plus Others

Happy day, folks – Google is giving away 60 days of Google Play Music All Access to certain users, as well as all current owners of a Chromebook. If you have yet to sign up for All Access, the music service that allows users to access millions of on-demand tracks for $9.99 a month, you may see an invite hit your email inbox offering you 60 days of the service for free.  (more…)

Google Drive and Google Play Music Updated, Offline Radio Caching and Mobile Device Management Added

A couple of updates rolled out today, one for Google Drive and another for Google Play Music. The Google Play Music update is quite substantial, bringing offline radio caching, mobile device management, and lots of bug fixes. Before the update, devices connected to your account were managed through the desktop interface, which was sometimes a pain if you are constantly switching between devices.  (more…)

Google Music Updated to 5.3.1316 – Adds Store-to-SD and Sharing, Tweaks UI a Bit

This morning, Google Music received an update to build 5.3.1316 which brings with it the option to store cached music to your external SD card and share music with the world. Other than that, they made a slight UI tweak to the slideout menu (you’ll see bold letters instead of grey backgrounds). Not a big update, but good stuff none-the-less.

To access the store-to-SD option, you’ll have to have a phone with a microSD slot (obviously). Once you confirm that you do (please tell me you can confirm this by yourself), head into Music Settings and you should see the option at the bottom of the “Downloading” section. If you’d like to share songs, tap the action overflow menu while viewing or listening albums/tracks and you’ll see the option to “Share.”

We have a download link for you below for sideloading, since this is more than likely a staged rollout.  (more…)

Google Music Update Introduces “I’m Feeling Lucky” Radio Button to Android and Web

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Yesterday, a new version of Google Music arrived through Google Play, but as usual is a staged rollout that likely hasn’t hit many of us yet. The update jumps the build number up to 5.2.1233L.870763 and appears to be mostly minor. There is one new addition, though, and that’s a “I’m feeling lucky” radio button (also seen in the web player). Based on your listening history, a press of that button will put together a playlist for you that Google feels will satisfy your needs.  (more…)