Tag Archives: Google Play Music

You can now test out Google’s music streaming service at a huge discount

Google is offering a big discount to entice you to try its subscription music streaming service Play Music. Play Music usually costs $9.99 a month, but Google is offering a three-month subscription for $3. Not $3 a month — $3 total. That saves you $26.97. – Jillian D’Onfro, Business Insider
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T-Mobile Doubles The Number Of Music Streaming Services That Don’t Count Towards Data Caps

T-Mobile has today doubled the number of streaming music services supported with its recently launched “Music Freedom” program which allows the company’s customers to stream music from a variety of apps without counting towards their data caps. T-Mobile announced this feature in June with a limited number of services, including then only “top” industry players like Pandora, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Slacker, Rhapsody and others. Now the company says it has added 14 others, which doubles the number of providers in the program. The new services include Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, RadioPup, radio.com, as well as smaller, specialty services focused on music genres like FIT Radio (for the gym), Fresca Radio (Latin, Hispanic and Caribbean music), JAZZRADIO.com, ROCKRADIO.com, and Saavn (Bollywood and Indian music). – Sarah Perez,TechCrunch
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YouTube unveils Music Key subscription service, here’s what you need to know

Starting today, web and Android (iOS is coming soon) users will see a new music hub in YouTube. Here you’ll find playlists, recommendations, trending songs/artists or just a quick route to that one darn track you can’t (but please) stop playing — all that usual stuff. […] YouTube Music Key is the paid service we’ve been hearing about, and launches as a beta today in the US (plus Spain, Italy, Portugal, Finland and the UK). The service costs $10 (or £10/10€) a month, and gives you ad-free playback, the ability to listen in the background (essential for mobile users), offline music , endless playlists (like Spotify song-based radio stations) and — most significantly — access to the entire Google Play Music library. In short, one subscription gets you in to both of Google’s large music platforms (video and audio). – James Trew,Engadget 
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How Much Data Does Your Streaming Music App Eat Up?

The amount of data your service chews up depends on the quality settings. For Beats Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music, a high-quality stream maxes out at 320kbps. (Not all tracks are available at that high quality, but most are.) Pandora is the only big mainstream service we could find that doesn’t offer 320kbps streams. In fact, on mobile it maxes out at 64kbps. Lower quality streams obviously use way less data. So what does that mean in terms of your data plan? 320kbps rate translates to 2.40 MB per minute of audio or 115.2 MB per hour. So if you were to stream music for an entire eight hour work day, you’d burn through nearly 1 GB. If you have a 2GB cap like I do, then this is not an advisable splurge! – Mario Aguilar,Gizmodo
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Fantastic update may finally help Google’s music app become a real Spotify rival

The new Listen Now page — thanks to Google’s recent acquisition of Songza — will allow anyone using the feature on their device to stream curated playlists that match up to their activities based on what time of the day it is. If you’re lifting heavy weights at the gym, you may want a hard rock playlist. If you want some relaxing music before bed, you can choose something softer. The page also includes cards that promote new music and stations that you haven’t discovered yet based on your interests. […] The new redesign is available today for download in all 45 Play Music countries. – Jeff Sorensen,BGR 
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Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries gets a free six-month subscription to the service — and beginning Nov. 1, all owners of a Samsung smartphone, tablet or Level product get a three-month free subscription. […] There are 41 million smartphone users in Brazil alone — the biggest Latin market — and 90 percent of those run on the Google-developed Android system, according to Kantar Worldpanel. In Mexico, there are 25 million smartphones, of which 84% run on Android. – Leila Cobo,Billboard  
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Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Streaming Music Service

[Minimize data damage] [W]hat happens when you’re in the car, or somewhere else where Wi-Fi isn’t available, and you just don’t want to suck up your data? In many music apps, you can adjust the streaming quality. Pandora, Spotify and Google Play Music all have this option within their app settings. In Spotify, “Normal” streaming is equivalent to 96 kilobits per second, “High” is 160 Kbps, and “Extreme” is 320 Kbps. – Lauren Goode, Re/code http://ift.tt/1qvPaSa