Google Play Music

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Google Play Music provides free, ad-supported radio for what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, or what you want to hear (US/CA only). Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, or albums, or browse by genre, mood, activity, decade, and more. Bring your own music collection with you by uploading 50,000 of your own songs; then listen to them across your phones, your tablets, and the web, for free. Want more? Subscribe to remove the ads and get on-demand access to millions of songs. Plus, download anything to your mobile device and listen even when you’re not connected. Free features: *Radio curated by experts for anything you want to hear (US/CA only) *Store up to 50,000 songs from your personal music collection *Smart recommendations based on your taste *Listen on phones, tablets, and the web Subscription-only features: *Ad-free, uninterrupted listening *On-demand access to over 35 million songs *Download music to your device and listen when you’re not connected *Skip as many songs as you like



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Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

Very accessible to use. A great way to store all of your music in the cloud for FREE. Google will store up to 50,000 songs for cloud storage. From here
we can play the music by streaming and even download them. Now they offer FREE ad-supported radio stations. Works very well and has now replaced Songza on my device.


VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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4 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Victor Tsaran 5 years 2 months ago



Submitted by Victor Tsaran on Monday, June 2, 2014

I was happy to see that the latest version (build added quite a lot of accessibility. The app is definitely now much easier to use.
I am still not able to delete things from "my library" but perhaps this is a feature.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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As Victor has mentioned above. This new version has greatly improved on VoiceOver accessibility! Very nicely done! It is about 90% accessible which is a huge improvements from the previous versions.

What's New in Version
* Greatly improved download experience with 'Downloaded Only' filter
* Added ability to edit a playlist
* Added Shuffle Artist feature
* Improved UI with new scrollable app header

Google Play Music

Submitted by Victor Tsaran on Thursday, August 21, 2014

- You can now remove from your library
- Thumbs up playlist sorted in reverse chronological order
- Navigate to your music from the Manage Downloads space
- Improved library management with fewer duplicates
- Improved playback to address skipping issues
- More accessibility features

Submitted by Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What's New in Version 1.4.3057

- Pick the perfect radio station for any situation easily on Listen Now [US/CA All Access only]
- Search for radio stations based on mood or activity (e.g Running, Feeling Happy or Partying) [All Access only]
- New Listen Now that shows recently played music and improved recommendations
- The queue understands and shows what you are playing from (playlist, album, etc)
- Shuffle fixes

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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What's New in Version 2.0.3828
We've heard you all loud and clear, and now Google Play Music has an official iPad app!

Both the iPhone and iPad apps also have new Material Design UI:
- Beautiful new artist and album pages with descriptions
- Immersive Now Playing experience
- Small visual improvements throughout

Finally, we've made a lot of improvements to streaming and automatic caching to make music playback faster and more reliable.

Submitted by Josh on Friday, June 5, 2015

I've been looking for a good online radio streaming app for a while now. I've tried Pandora, spotify, Rdio, and even Slacker, but I ran in to Voiceover problems with all of them. Within 5 minutes of playing with Play Music, I was impressed by how well everything's labeled. I like that you can turn off explicit content, which was my major complaint with Spotify, and that you can skip as many songs as you want, which was a major grievance with Pandora. As of now, I'm willing to pay the monthly subscription fee for full benefits.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Friday, June 26, 2015

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What's New in Version 3.0.5029

- Listen to free, ad-supported radio [US Only]
- Tell us what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, or what you want to hear, and we’ll serve up the right radio station for you
- Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, and albums
- Browse radio stations based on mood, activity, genre, decade, and more
- Easily find and listen to Top Charts and New Releases

Submitted by hanif naufal hafizhan on Friday, June 26, 2015

Is the app only available in the US? I check it in my store's country but it says item unavailable.

Submitted by Victor Tsaran on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The new version of Google Play Music, 3.8.113, among other things introduces accessibility custom actions. You will notice that this reduces the number of swipes between various elements on the screen.

Submitted by Jesus R on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

* A single tap will start the right music for any moment of your day.
* Using the power of Google, get recommendations based on where you are and why you're listening — from relaxing at home, to powering through work, to destressing at the airport, and everything in between. And it’s easy to find more to love with in-depth recommendations based on artists you're a fan of or music you've just discovered.
* Subscribers: with automatic offline coverage, we'll save your most recent songs (and some recommended tunes too) so you can listen offline, even if you forget to download them yourself.

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