Google has purchased Songza, the music suggestion and streaming radio service. The suggestions, which come in the form of carefully curated content based on context like where you are, fit well with Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The slightly larger edition of Google Play Music may very well be headed for the iPad sooner than later. Hidden in the code for the iPhone version of the software is mention of the larger edition, this week looking nearly ready for release to the iPad and iPad mini. This version of Google Play Music is very, very similar to that of the tablet-based edition for Android.
There’s a team of developers over at doubleTwist that want to let you enjoy your music wherever you go, on whatever device you’ve got. To do this, they’ve developed their own suite of apps that we’ve been following for several years. Today they’ve released an app which works on Android devices to allow AirPlay music streaming - Apple’s AirPlay, that is - to work with Google Play Music.
When Google Play Music's streaming service was first launched, we found just one feature to be less-than-intuitive. To upload music to your own Google Play Music collection, you needed an app running on your desktop computer. Starting on March 26th, 2014, Google is integrating this feature into their own Chrome web browser.
The Android version of the Google Music app has been updated this week to bring on several much-requested abilities to the masses. The first of these changes is the ability to download and save song files to your smartphone's SD card. This does not mean that you'll be able to pop the SD card out and have all the files ready to play on any device, only that you'll be able to store your on-device files on the card itself - they need the app to play.
Today Google has released its own Google Play Music app for iOS, working on the iPhone and iPod touch with a unique iPad version coming in the near future. At the moment you’ll find this version of Google Play Music missing the “I’m feeling lucky” option to roll the dice and listen to music based on your previous listening action, but essentially everything else is ready to roll. This app is free on the iTunes App Store and works with Google accounts to bring the user their entire cloud-based music collection.
The Google Music app and ecosystem has been available on iPhone and iPad devices for some time now, but only here in October of 2013 will the company finally bring a native app to Apple's mobile devices. Having had the app for Android devices for well over a year now - since November of 2011, in fact - Google has apparently decided it's time to start moving in on Apple's iTunes and streaming projects like iTunes Radio.
This evening on the Google Play Google+ page, Google announced free Play Music All Access streaming for customers at Starbucks, who are now presented with a banner advising them of the free music streaming. Of course, the service is already available for anyone to try for free, and whether this promotion will extend beyond the regular trial period is yet unknown.
Today in a much more official manner than we've been experiencing thus far, Google Music has been announced to be coming to iOS. It's been announced by Google's Android head Sundar Pichai just this morning at the D11 conference where he's also dropped the bomb: the HTC One Google Edition. So as Android gets a gift of that silver hardware with Nexus innards, iOS gains Google Music, Google Music All Access, and a rather significant competitor to iTunes.