Since the launch of Google Now, Google has been moving towards a certain design language with Android and it’s been well received by many people. The core Google apps have been slowly moving away from the Honeycomb look and more towards the Jelly Bean ”Holo“ feel. One app that still feels lacking, however, is Google Music, the dark backgrounds and highlights just don’t mesh with Jelly Bean well. (more…)
On Monday, we first reported on the fact that Google Music’s new Scan and Match feature didn’t appear to be all that big of a fan of music with explicit lyrics. In fact, almost every album that users attempted to match to Google that contained explicit content, was being matched with the much more Sunday-friendly, “clean” version. Users complained, as expected, because a fix for the problem was initially no where to be found. (more…)
Depending on your fondness of certain words in music, the Scan and Match feature that Google implemented to Google Music may leave you quite upset. Scan and Match quickly tags music you are uploading and instead of uploading the entire file, it makes the tracks available from their catalog, saving people lots of upload time. That is great, but what happens when you are not getting exactly what you are trying to upload. (more…)
This morning, Google announced the availability of the Scan and Match feature for Google Play Music users. The feature, that went live last month for European users, scans the music you are uploading from the desktop Music Manager and then instantly makes it available from the cloud in minutes instead of hours.
Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud – all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.
Go try it out. I uploaded a 12 song album in literally 15 seconds and it was available instantly on my Android device. This is going to save people a lot of time! Thanks, Google.
Users of CyanogenMod will recognize Apollo as the baked in music player that is featured throughout their ROMs. This morning, it has officially hit Google Play for anyone to download, and features some very cool options that could certainly replace any other player you currently use. For example, it has the look and feel of Google Music, while also providing lots of options such as lyrics support, custom themes, and also the ability to pin full albums/playlists to your homescreen for easy access.
There are a ton more things you can do, so check it out if you’re looking to get the most out of your mobile music player.
Via: Android Spin
Like many in my generation, I started listening to music on CDs. I used to sit in a rocking chair with my “skip free” portable CD player (I can’t remember if it was a Walkman or not) listening to Now 4 or No Doubt. Around the age of 16 or 17 I was given my first iPod: a 30 GB 5th generation iPod Classic (although at that point it wasn’t called “Classic”). I can vividly remember sitting down at my computer and slowly importing dozens of CDs into iTunes and syncing my iPod. I remember when Tri-tone meant that my CD had been imported, not that I had a new message. I began buying music straight from iTunes instead of visiting the then large, now non-existent CD section at my local Best Buy.
Android audiophiles can get a little excited today since Google decided to push out an update to their Play Music application. The biggest addition, something that it was previously lacking, is gaplass playback. No longer will there be an awkward pause between your songs as you go through your party playlist, just smooth uninterrupted tunes.
Google also expanded the types of playlists you can keep on your device as well as “auto-generated Instant Mixes on Recent tab based on your favorite songs.” Improvements for offline playback have been added and make this a very solid update to the Play Music application. It’s live in the Play Store now.
Do you guys use Google Music or another streaming application?
Cheers William, Jason, and Craig!
When Google introduced Android 4.2 this week, they made quick mention of a new music discovery service that would soon arrive in the Google Play store. The service, called Music Explorer, is now live and fully functional if you’d like to give it a spin. Actually, we heard from readers who saw it go live last night, but it now seems to be available to most users. (more…)