NPR Says Google Play Music Podcasts Arrive Monday

According to an NPR email that has gone out to its partners, we should be seeing (or is it hearing?) Google Play Music Podcasts arrive on Monday, April 18. While I think it’s safe to say that we are all a little hesitant to mark it on our calendars, this seems much more official than Bill Simmons spouting off to Twitter. This is NPR, after all, sharing with who knows how many partners, Google’s plan to release podcasts. The point of this email is to let their partners know how they can prepare for the launch and probably isn’t something they would casually, softly, throw out there.  (more…)

Bill Simmons Says Podcasts are Coming to Google Play Music This Month (Updated)

Back in October of last year, Google announced that podcasts would soon join the line-up of offerings on Google Play Music. October seems like a hell of a long time ago, so as you can imagine, many of us have been itching for some news on when they might actually arrive. According to former ESPN and Grantland talking head, Bill Simmons, we should see podcasts show up this month (as in, February).  (more…)

Google Play Offers Up Free, $0.99, and Other Discounted Albums

Google is currently offering up “The Year’s Best Music Deals” through a promotion on Google Play that features a handful of free or $0.99 albums, along with dozens of others that are $10.

The free and super cheap ($0.99) list includes everything from country to hip hop, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something you’ll like. Carrie Underwood Greatest Hits is on there, as is Future’s DS2, Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U, G-Eazy’s These Things Happen, and Jana Kramer’s thirty one. The less-than-$10 list includes artists like Michael Jackson, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Bieber, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, Lauryn Hill, and others.  (more…)

Google Play Music Update Brings Thumbs Up and Down to Notification

An update to Google Play Music brings big news for those here who enjoy thumbing up and down tracks, which allows users to create quick and easy playlists of only music they enjoy.

Before this update, you could thumb up tracks on the player itself, but now, icons for thumbing up and down tracks appear in the Play Music notification itself, granting even easier access to the feature.  (more…)