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Google Play Music app review: listen to music the Google way

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Introduction

Introducing Google Play Music, a very cool app for iPhone and iPad that enables you to listen to music the Google way, with loads of radio stations, smart recommendations, and extensive management of your playlists... plus a whole lot more to boot!

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There have been some issues with the latest update to this app so I would recommend taking a look at the Pros & Cons section below before downloading, but to be honest I’ve had a very positive experience myself so far so I’m pretty happy with it overall.

Google Play Music

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Receive Smart Recommendations Based On Your Tastes

Google has made a fantastic contribution to the genre of online radio station apps with this nifty development that enables you to compile your own custom radio stations from any song, artist, or album in your music collection.

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In addition to creating radio stations you’ll also receive smart recommendations based on your tastes, plus you can even listen to playlists curated by Google’s in-house music experts; a great way of discovering new bands and artists similar to your current tastes.

 

Google Play Music a smart way to access music
Google Play Music a smart way to access music

Add Up To 20,000 Of Your Own Songs

Google Play Music allows you to add up to 20,000 of your own songs from your songs from your PC, Mac, or Linux computer, so over time you should be able to greatly expand your musical repertoire with all of the recommendations that are on offer.

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Furthermore, this app is completely ad-free so you won’t be bothered by annoying commercials in between songs.

 

Google Play Music explore new music
Google Play Music explore new music

Google Play Music

Free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Create custom radio stations from any song, artist, or album
  • Radio stations impose no skip limits
  • Receive smart recommendations based on your tastes
  • Listen to curated playlists by Google’s in-house music experts
  • Add up to 20,000 of your own songs from your songs from your PC, Mac, or Linux computer
  • Completely ad-free

Cons

  • This app has generally been very well received; however, there has been some negative feedback in light of the most recent update: “The newest update requires the "stream when off wifi" to be enabled in order to play downloaded content. Prior to this version one could disable this option and still play downloaded content. Since this acts as a safety net for those not wanting to deal with data charges, the new version does not provide that safety net. Users should be able to play downloaded content while leaving this option disabled so as to protect the user from accidentally playing non-downloaded content. This needs to be fixed ASAP!”

 

Google Play Music featuring a slick interface
Google Play Music featuring a slick interface

Final Words

Google Play Music doesn’t seem to be without its flaws but hopefully Google will realize that updates are supposed to improve the user-experience rather than detract from it!

Either way, I still like this iPhone and iPad app a lot and would suggest checking it out if you’re looking for a decent radio station utility.

 

Google Play Music featuring a slick interface
Google Play Music featuring a slick interface

Google Play Music

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MarkBangs

Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.