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Google Search and Play Music will start displaying lyrics

Google Instant Messaging

Google Instant Messaging

#Google has teamed up with popular lyrics licensing group LyricFind to start showing lyrics on Google Search results as well as the Play Music app. While this will be a key tool in helping users understand the true meaning of their favorite songs, it will also aid in music discovery, LyricFind’s statement mentions.

We’re happy to expand the depth and quality of lyrics available on Google’s services,” says LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne. “We’re working together to make lyrics available to a larger audience in a faster and more efficient way.”

Lyrics are usually found online on third party sites. But LyricFind is perhaps the only company out there that pays royalties to companies and song writers for using their lyrics. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone as users get to experience lyrics at no cost and the people who own the lyrics get compensated fairly based on the number of views their lyrics get.

The feature should soon be implemented on Search and Play Music.

Source: LyricFind

Via: GSM Arena

You can now get three months of YouTube Red and Google Play Music for just $0.99

YouTube Red

Google’s new promo lets you get in on the YouTube Red action for just $0.99. What’s more is that for this price, you will also get access to Google Play Music and millions of songs that it has to offer. This is as good as a promotion can get, especially when you consider the perks that it brings.

So what does YouTube Red have on offer and why should you consider it? Well, if you live in the supported regions (Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.), you can get access to unlimited videos ad-free and save them for offline viewing. Plus there’s access to original content that you can only find on YouTube. This is only accessible to YouTube Red viewers.

YouTube recently teamed up with a bunch of popular video uploaders to create a bunch of new series, so if you’re an avid follower of YouTubers, you will find yourself at home with YouTube Red. Since it’s just $0.99, it’s definitely worth a try, don’t you think? Not to mention the fact that you’re also getting Play Music along with it.

Once subscribed, you will have access to both services for 3-months. It’s likely that the price will go back to $10 by then, so make hay while the sun shines. To activate the deal, simply open the YouTube app, navigate to the three dot menu, select “Try it now” and go ahead with the payment.

Via: Android Authority

Linkin Park’s popular Hybrid Theory album now free on Play Music

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Linkin Park was one of the most recognized music groups in 2000, thanks to the immense popularity and success of their debut album Hybrid Theory. Well, fans of the band will be pleased to know that Google Play Music is now offering this iconic album for free. We’re not sure if it’s reflecting elsewhere, but it’s likely that this is a U.S. only deal (sorry global fans).

There’s no telling how long this deal will last, but one can assume that it’s a limited period offering. We’ve seen several popular albums going for free on Google Play Music, but sadly, most of them are limited to the U.S. This is mostly because of the licensing issues that might arise from making them available elsewhere. However, it’s not exactly rocket science to make them a free download on a global level. One can hope, right?

Interested to get injected yourself with some early 2000s nostalgia? Hit the link below for more details.

Source: Google Play

Via: Android Central

PSA: You can stream The Beatles on Play Music starting tomorrow

The Beatles

The Beatles

The Beatles is arguably one of the most popular bands in the world, even several years after their last album was released. However, their music hasn’t quite made it to the digital space yet with #Apple currently holding a monopoly over their content since 2010.

But that’s set to change starting December 24 with all of The Beatles content making a grand entry to the popular streaming services out there. This of course includes Google Play Music as well, which means users with the subscription can start streaming content tomorrow.

As for what’s on offer here, Google has clarified the entire Beatles catalog will be made available which includes all 13 studio albums as well as four essential collections, so needless to say, Beatles fans will be well covered this Christmas.

This marks a major landmark for The Beatles fans and the music industry in general as streaming is currently the way to go and we’ve seen companies get into tussles with big ticket record labels and artists over royalties. Fortunately, no such issue has been seen here.

Any Beatles fans out there? If yes, which ones would be your favorite? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Google Blog

Via: Android Police

[Deal] Get 50% off on any one album from Google Play Music

Play Music

Play Music

Kicking off the Holidays in style, #Google has announced a sweet deal which is offering 50% off on any album that you pick to buy from Play Music. This is only valid on one album per customer, but it’s still a pretty good deal considering how you’re getting your favorite album for half its original price. The promotion will run from now until the midnight of January 4, 2016.

Customers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the U.S. and the UK can access this deal from Google. This will be in addition to the Play Music + YouTube Red subscription deal we covered a while ago, so music lovers have a lot to be excited about this Holiday season.

Purchasing an album from Play Music means you get to own it for life, so picking one album is certainly not an easy decision to make. Alternatively, if you’ve never purchased an album from Play Music/Play Store before, this discount might help you take that leap. Hit the link below for more details on this promotion run by Google.

Source: Google Play Store Promo Page

Via: Android and Me

You can now get three months of Google Play Music + YouTube Red for just $1

Play Music Logo

Play Music Logo

#Google #PlayMusic has a vast collection of music and lets you stream songs in high quality regardless of where you are. In order to attract new customers, Google has now announced a new promotion which would offer three months of full fledged Play Music subscription for just $1. Naturally, the subscription also includes YouTube Red, making this an impossible deal to miss (for new users).

While Play Music is just another music streaming service, a subscription to YouTube Red will significantly improve your YouTube experience with ad-free buffering, background video playback (even when you switch to another app) and offline video playback.

The only caveat here is that this deal only applies to new subscriptions. So this won’t apply to users who have already bought a Play Music subscription before. If there’s a friend or a family member you want to get hooked onto Play Music, make sure you tell them about this promo so that they get the best value for their dollar. This deal is only applicable in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Brazil or Mexico, so not a lot of regions are covered here.

Via: The Verge

Update to Play Music brings thumbs up/down button to notifications bar

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Play Music Update

The #Google #PlayMusic app on Android has received a new update today which might be of interest to the users. Thanks to the keen eyes of Droid Life, it has been discovered that the update enables thumbs up and down buttons right within the notifications bar, letting you like or dislike a song without having to open the app in full screen mode.

A feature like this is long overdue and enhances the user experience to a great extent. There don’t seem to be any other changes with the app at the moment, but we’ll make sure you’re the first to know if and when we find out. All the tracks that you’ve given a thumbs up to will be listed in the thumbs up section on Play Music, so nothing has changed in that regard.

Although I’m not a big fan of Play Music myself, it’s good to see that Google is adding nifty little features like these to keep the users entertained. The update might not reflect on all devices right away, so remain patient if you don’t see it yet.

Via: Droid Life

Google Play Music Family Plan now live, priced at $14.99 for six accounts with YouTube Red included

Google Play Music

Google Play Music

#Google has officially announced a new family plan for customers of #PlayMusic, letting up to six accounts access the service simultaneously at $14.99 per month. In addition to having Play Music at their fingertips, Google is also throwing in a subscription of YouTube Red (U.S. only) to all six members who are on the plan.

This is an amazing value and could blow the competition out of the water, mainly Apple Music. Apple’s recently launched streaming service also offers a family plan with the same amount of users and pricing, but Google’s extra perk will certainly give it a leg up over Apple.

For those unaware, YouTube Red gives users access to ad-free YouTube videos, thus giving a never before like experience on the world’s most popular video streaming and sharing site.

It seems like Google is planning to convert a bunch of Apple Music customers to Play Music with this promotion and might even succeed given the kind of features it’s offering. Hit the source link below for more details on the Play Music family plan.

Source: Android Blog

[Deal] Michael Jackson’s Thriller album now free on Google Play

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

#Google is now offering the Michael Jackson smash-hit album Thriller for free via Google #PlayMusic. The entire album is up for grabs here, so you can own and relive some of the classics from Michael Jackson. There’s no word on how long this deal will last, so make sure you head over to Play Music right away and download the album for free.

We must note that this might be a U.S. only offering, at least for the time being, so be wary of that if you live outside the country. Google offers several popular albums for free periodically, but seldom do we see such big ticket albums going for free.

Some users have found that the free version doesn’t appear on their device and that users had to manually search for Michael Jackson’s Thriller to find the deal. Looking for the “Google Play Exclusive Version” album might also help. Have you downloaded Thriller yet?

Source: Google Play Music

Via: Android Central

Podcasts coming to Google Play Music

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Play Music Logo

#GooglePlayMusic is used by millions of #Android users on a regular basis. But if there’s one feature missing from Google’s primary music player, it’s Podcasts. But according to a post on the official Google blog, that’s about to change soon. The Mountain View giant has just announced the support for Podcasts on its standalone music player, with podcasters now able to upload their content online at g.co/podcastportal.

Regular users still can’t access Play Music Podcasts, but it seems like it will soon be opened for all. Google mentions how curated content will be on offer, much like the Play Music app, so users get access to content that is meant specifically for them. As of now, Google has teamed with HowStuffWorks, HBO, Public Radio International and many others for this new service.

This is certainly a step in the right direction and will hopefully negate the need to look for a standalone podcast app on Android. It’s not known at this point if the feature will be exclusive to the paid members of Google Play Music or all Android users.

Source: Android Blog

New family plan option for Play Music to be unveiled tomorrow

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Play Music Logo

#AppleMusic has created quite a stir in the music streaming industry. But #Google isn’t one to back down when faced by stiff competition. A new report mentions that the Mountain View giant is prepping the release of a new Family Plan for #PlayMusic at $14.99 per month which can cover up to 6 people.

This is exactly the same as Apple’s current Family Plan offering, which should make things very interesting. While there’s not a lot of disparity in terms of the content available from Google and Apple’s offerings, Play Music has a slight edge over Apple Music as it is available on a wide range of platforms while Apple’s streaming service is still making its way to devices (an Android app is on its way).

Play Music lets you stream music from the web browser, an Android app or even on iOS with the help of a dedicated app. Other industry rivals like Spotify are somewhat behind in terms of pricing as a plan for five subscribers is priced at $29 per month.

A single user subscription of Play Music should remain unchanged at $9.99, which makes the Family Plan a much more viable and logical choice for the customers.

Via: Android Police

Play Music seemingly getting Shazam like song identification feature

Play Music Identify

Play Music Identify

#Shazam has been a godsend for many of us who like to tag and ID songs that we hear on the radio or on the television. For a brief period a couple of years ago, #Google introduced a widget on Android that would serve the same purpose. However, it disappeared subsequently without any notice. It is now revealed that this feature will make a comeback to #Android as a built-in feature on Play Music.

Some users are apparently seeing this music tagging feature on Play Music as shown in the screenshot above. It looks pretty decent, although it is a little strange that Google has decided to implement it within the search section of Play Music. It is likely that this is one of those features that’s being tested by Google, so don’t expect to find it on your devices as of yet.

It is said that some users in Brazil, the U.S. and Germany are currently finding this feature, so it appears to be rolling out to a small batch of users. If you have seen it on your Play Music app, make sure you let us know by dropping a comment below.

Source: +KalebPeters

Via: Android Police

Google unveils free ad-supported version of Play Music

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Play Music Logo

With Apple Music set to take the world by storm, Google has decided to cash in on the demand by launching a new free tier of Play Music, which is supported by ads. This will only offer playlists though, thanks to Google’s acquisition of Songza, and differs from the on-demand model of Apple Music.

But that’s not much of a concern since Play Music boasts of over 30 million songs in its library, so it’s right up there with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music as far as content is concerned. You have a wide range of expert curated playlists on offer, so you can pick the best depending on your liking. Since this is a free version, there will be no offline playback of music either.

Google hopes that this will offer users the perfect stepping stone to the paid version of Play Music. And as people wait for Apple Music’s official June 30 release, they can try out Play Music in the meantime. Note that this is a U.S. only offering for the meantime, which is a disappointment for people living elsewhere.

Via: The Verge

Google offering 60 days of free Play Music to new users

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Play Music Logo

Google Play Music lets you access your music content all across the cloud, be it on your phone or the computer. This versatility however comes at a price, which in the case of Play Music is $9.99 per month.

This can be a lot for some users who aren’t quite willing to make that jump yet. And to convince those users about its true potential, Google has now decided to offer 2 months or 60 days of free trial for new Play Music customers. Google previously offered only 30 days of free trial for new customers.

This is an excellent deal for those unwilling to try out a music streaming service, even more so if you’re an Android user. You don’t have anything to worry about as far as the content is concerned since Google boasts of millions of songs in its library.

There’s no telling as to how long this deal will last, but it seems like Google will have it going for a couple of weeks to lure potential customers towards its service.

Via: 9to5Toys