Google Play Music, publicly and officially launched in November 16, 2011 works on Android and OS platforms. It is also available for web platforms which support Adobe Flash.
It is an online music locker and streaming service operated by Google. It has free online storage of up to 20,000 songs for users with standard accounts at no cost.
There is the ‘All Access’ account which is available for subscription at $9.99 per month. However, you are provided with a 30-day free trial of the account. The ‘All Access’ subscription enables you to stream any song listed in the Google Play Music Catalogue. You are also entitled to creating custom radio stations with this premium account.
Individual tracks can be purchased via the music store section in Google Play. Google Play Music allows you to store music on your device then listen to the music while offline. The app offers over 22 million tracks which can be either purchased or streamed.
This music service was initially announced in May 10, 2011. However, the service, under the name ‘Music Beta’, was only available to US residents through invitation. It also had limited functionality.
By then, users could store up to 20,000 online songs and play them via a web player. Due to licensing restrictions, Google could not secure a music store during the beta period. Google launched the service ‘Google Music’ officially in November, later that year and announced a consequent event which would undertake to explain the several features of Google Music.
These included music sharing through Google+ network, Android Market music store, purchase of music tracks and the ‘Artist Hub’ pages where musicians could self-publish their music. The following month, Google revised the branding of its products, converting the ‘Android Market’ into ‘Google Play’. Consequently, Google Music was also rebranded as ’Google Play Music’.
Standard users can upload songs to the Google Play Music at no cost. However, the maximum number of songs they can upload is 20,000. There are many free songs in Google Play and many more which can be purchased. Individual music purchases are usually priced at $0.69, $0.99 and $1.29. There are songs which are recommended to you depending on what you listen to the most. After purchasing the songs, you can then store them in your device for offline playback.
The ‘Instant Mix’ feature enables you to automatically create your own playlist of songs. Among the many updates Google has made on the app, they added a ‘song matching’ feature which can scan your music library on your device then add to their online library any songs that are present on their servers hence no need to upload them. Google Play Music is easily compatible with Chrome Cast digital media player, which was launched in July 2013 by Google.
A new feature known as ‘Listen Now’ was also added. It basically provides contextual recommendations and playlists. This feature is only available to “All Access” subscribers, only in US and Canada.
How to Use Google Play Music
First, download the app from Google Play Store. Also ensure to check if the service is available for your country in the list of supported countries.
After opening the app, choose the account you’d prefer to use and sign in. If you do not sign in, you’ll only be allowed to listen to music that you have copied to your device from any computer.
Music stored in your device will be added to your library, along with music that you’ve purchased on Google Play or uploaded. Ensure your library is up to date by going to the device’s Settings menu. Select ‘Google’ under the ‘Accounts’. You can then scroll down up to Google Play Music and ensure that the box is checked.
So what are you waiting for? Grab Google Play music today and make use of it’s great functions.