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…)

Google Music v5.2 Being Rolled Out, Brings Genre-based Radio Stations

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Google has started the slow process of rolling out an updated version of Google Music to the masses. The version number is 5.2, and it brings at least one very cool addition – genre-based radio stations. Why that wasn’t available form the beginning, don’t ask us. From looking in the app for a few minutes, there also appears to be an updated UI for your download queue, but other than that, there isn’t much to see.  (more…)

DROID ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini Owners – Don’t Forget About Your Free 6-Month Google Music All Access Subscription

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When Motorola announced its new line of DROID phones for Verizon – the ULTRA, Maxx, and Mini – they mentioned a special promo that would give new owners of each device a free 6-month subscription to Google’s All Access music service. Now that each device has been released, we’re hearing from a handful of owners (mostly of the MAXX) who are trying to receive the free 6-month offer and failing. In fact, they aren’t finding the offer anywhere other than in listings on Verizon’s page for each phone. So how can you get the free 6 months?  (more…)