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Google’s efforts in music have had a number of names before arriving at Play Music in March 2012. The online service consists of a cloud locker, streaming service, and podcast directory. As of February 2015, Google bumped the number of songs users can freely upload from 20,000 to 50,000. Those songs are downloadable and listenable from Android and iOS, as well as a web app.

All Access is a $9.99 per month streaming service that gives users access to 35 millions songs and countless radio channels and playlists. As of 2015, it is available in 63 countries and sold in conjunction with YouTube Red in some regions. Most recently, Play Music added support for podcasts subscribing and listening.

Google Play Music Stories May 21

How to download your entire library including purchase songs from Google Play Music

With the revamp and launch of the new YouTube Music, Google has stated that nothing should change for users who use Play Music. But in case you’re worried about your purchased music or the songs you’ve uploaded to the service, it’s easy to download a copy of everything to your computer. Here’s how.

Google Play Music Stories May 16

For the past several months, a revamp to Google’s streaming music offerings has been widely rumored. A new report today pegs the launch of the revamped YouTube Music for next week, while YouTube Red and other video features will be replaced by a new “Premium” service.

Update: Google has officially announced the new YouTube Music and Premium.

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Google Play Music Stories April 24

Update: A source tells us that Google is currently planning to stick with the “YouTube Music” brand for the forthcoming music service. Remix, as has been previously reported, is only the internal codename.

A tipster told us recently that Google has lately been “preparing to shut down Google Play Music,” something that I hinted at early today in a tweet listing the service among a couple of other current Google products that I think are about to get cut. While we couldn’t corroborate the tip, it appears Droid-Life has — Play Music subscription streaming is likely shutting down soon.

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Google Play Music Stories April 16

Google Play Music 8.8 adds several new ‘Privacy & location’ options to settings

The last update to Play Music for Android was in February with a minor and solitary addition of a setting to remove album artwork from the lock screen. A new version today consolidates several options under a new “Location & Privacy” section and adds others that were previously only found on the web.

Google Play Music Stories March 15

We’ve known for quite some time that YouTube has been planning a new premium music subscription service, but the details have been a bit unclear at times. Now, at SXSW, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, has given a bit of extra insight.

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Google Play Music Stories February 26

Google Play Music 8.7 gains setting to remove album artwork from the lock screen

In light of the rumored revamp of Google’s music streaming services centered around YouTube, Play Music for Android has been light on updates in recent weeks. Today, a new version is rolling out that adds the ability to disable album artwork from the lock screen.

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