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Google Play Music’s New Release Radio arrives for everyone

Google Play Music’s New Release Radio arrives for everyone

Last month, a new radio station on Google Play Music called 'New Release Radio' arrived for Samsung's latest flagship smartphones. It was a Samsung exclusive, apparently, but that exclusivity didn't last long. The feature was at first available to some non-S8 owners via a couple tweaks, and now it is officially available for all Google Play Music users. What does it have to offer? Everything you want to hear.

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Samsung Google Play Music team-up makes Galaxy S8 more vanilla [APK Download]

Samsung Google Play Music team-up makes Galaxy S8 more vanilla [APK Download]

The world's biggest Android smartphone maker Samsung has made a deal with Google to make Google Play Music their new default music player. The first place where Samsung will make Google Play Music their default music player is on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. While Google Play Music is the default music player for devices like Google's own Pixel and Pixel XL, companies like Samsung generally bring their own music service (and/or app) to their hero smartphones. Samsung's team-up with Google for Google Play Music means several important things.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

That Google was planning to add podcasts to its Play Music service isn't exactly news. We've known that since last year. That it would be coming this month, however, is the big thing, thanks to a slip of the tongue by sportscaster Bill Simmons. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems that Google is slowly, very slowly rolling out the service. Thanks to the new A/B testing feature for Google Play apps, some Android users have begun enjoying podcasts on the same app as their music.

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Google Play family plans let everyone buy apps and movies, as well

Google Play family plans let everyone buy apps and movies, as well

Yesterday we brought you the news that Google was introducing a family plan for their Google Play service. This was great news, because for anyone that paid for two or more accounts for their family, it was a nice discount. However, the savings isn't the only thing that the family plan gives you.

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Google Play Music introduces family plans

Google Play Music introduces family plans

When you're single, your digital subscriptions are easy. You've got one for yourself, and that's it. But when you've got a family and they all want to stream music on their various devices, suddenly you're paying for 3 or 4 different accounts. And that adds up quick. Thankfully Google has your back, and is introducing a new subscription for their Google Play Music service.

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Songza fully folded into Google Play Music, shuts down Jan 2016

Songza fully folded into Google Play Music, shuts down Jan 2016

In 2007, a little known service called Songza launched to offer something that was, back then, almost completely unheard of: contextual music suggestions. Since then, various music streaming service have started their own form of personalized suggestion, the feature almost becoming a staple of every streaming service. Last year, Google acquired Songza and started integrating its key features into Google Play Music. With its core basically gutted out, there was little reason for Songza to remain as an independent product and will soon cease to exist, starting 31st January 2016.

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Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

While all the web apps and services from Google are designed to run in the browser, sometimes its just easier to have some things running as a separate app, making for one less browser tab to sift through. That's how one developer must have felt when it comes to Google Play Music, as Windows users can now download a desktop app for the streaming service. The software is open source, so this is in no way an official app, and can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

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Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Google gives away Rick Astley’s greatest hit

Few musicians have tasted such delicious "one hit wonder" delights as Rick Astley, creator of the internet's favorite song "Never Gonna Give You Up." It's the song you use to "Rick Roll" your friends. You link to the video, you link to the song, you link to Rick's image if you're feeling like your friend knows the joke well enough. Today Google has collaborated with the master himself, giving away the full "Playlist: The Very Best Of Rick Astley" to Google Play Music users today.

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Google Play Music Family Plans are coming this year

Google Play Music Family Plans are coming this year

Google is expanding its Play Music subscription streaming service to support multiple users on the same account, with Family Plans coming later in 2015. The new option will support up to six people on the same subscription, priced at $14.99 per month.

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Pink Floyd album goes free on Google Music: “Wish You Were Here”

Pink Floyd album goes free on Google Music: “Wish You Were Here”

As it happens every once in a while, Google Music and/or Google Play has struck a deal with the people who own Pink Floyd's back catalog to release an album for free for a temporary time. This album is "Wish You Were Here", largely a Roger Waters album with four distinct songs in 12 different pieces. This album hit number one back when it was released in 1975 on the US Billboard 200, UK Albums Chart, and French albums chart. This album features an extended 9-part song that may or may not be about the absence of Syd Barret from the band and the lives of the band members.

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Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

Facebook Music streaming service tipped to battle Apple, Tidal, Google

A Facebook Music streaming service has been tipped to be launching later this year by insider sources. It's been suggested that this service will be similar to that of Apple Music or TIDAL, leveraging Facebook's massive following to bring in cash via the music streaming trend every other company under the sun seems to want to cash in on. Google has their Google Play Music. Apple has their Apple Music. Facebook - not a hardware company - may soon have their Facebook Music. It was only a matter of time.

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