Play Music All Access Stories June 30, 2015

With Apple Music live, Beats Music 1.2.6 kills off ability to join

R.I.P., Beats Music. With Apple Music – Apple’s new streaming service that takes its recently acquired Beats Music and mashes it with the company’s home-grown iTunes – having officially launched today, the Android app has received an update that kills off the ability to start a free trial. Above are pictures before and after the update. The first image is of Beats Music 1.2.5, released on April 21st, and the second is of Beats Music 1.2.6, released today.

In a first for Apple, and alongside a recently released application that makes it easy to switch from Android to iOS (ugh, I know), the company will be pushing out an Android version of Apple Music, expected sometime in the fall. And Apple Music for iOS includes a migration assistant that makes it super easy to transfer playlists and saved music from Beats Music over to the new service, so we expect that to be in the Android version, too. If you, however, aren’t a huge fan of Apple, maybe now is the time to give Google Play Music All Access a try?

Play Music All Access Stories June 18, 2015

Transfer playlists from Spotify to Play Music with PyPortify

It may seem like a first world problem (it is), but one of the biggest reasons why I’ve stayed using Spotify for so long is the time and effort it can take to move all my playlists and saved songs across music services. Where a content management service like WordPress allows you to export all your blog posts and take them elsewhere, since you don’t own the songs you listen to in Spotify, Google Play Music All Access, or the countless other music streaming services, they understandably don’t provide any way to export that music. As a result I justified not giving any other service a fair shake by saying I’d only switch if the alternative were at least 10x better.

I set out today to give Play Music All Access that fair shake and thought I’d share how I transferred my music over without much hassle.

The answer to all my problems (and maybe yours, too) was in the form of PyPortify, a port of a similar (free) app called Portify that was released back in 2013 but stopped working for most people at some point before the beginning of 2015. PyPortify is pretty simple to install and use, but for this post I’m just going to share how to do it on Mac OS X – it’s not too much different on Linux, and instructions for Windows, Linux, and Mac are available on the GitHub source page.

Update: I did not have Xcode installed when I completed this install, but if you do, you may need to run it and install updated components before you’ll be able to go through this tutorial.

First you’ll need to install Homebrew. It’s a popular command-line application that makes it easy to download and install applications and packages for your Mac – like if you, say for example, need the Python programming language to run an app that was written in it (like PyPortify). Open the Terminal application, paste in this command, and hit <Return>:

ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)”

Once that’s finished installing and the blinking cursor returns, paste and hit <Return> on the following:

brew install python

Finally, when you’re done with both of those, paste and <Enter> this command:

pip install pyportify

This should just take a minute or two to download and install, and once it’s finished paste and <Enter> this:

pyportify

In your terminal you should get something back like this:

Now open a browser to http://localhost:3132

Don’t close your terminal window. Paste that URL as it is in your terminal – including the http and the numbers at the end – in your browser and hit <Return>. You’ll get a site which looks like this:

Click “Get started” and you’ll be asked to log into your Google account, so it can have access to your Play Music account. What you’ll want to do here is go to the My Account dashboard for your Google account and create an app password (click here for that). Once you’re done transferring all your music to All Access you can revoke this password so PyPortify doesn’t have access any longer. Next you’ll have to log into your Spotify account. If you sign into it with your Facebook account, those credentials will work just fine, and Facebook has app passwords as well that you can generate and use for PyPortify.

Finally once all of that is done, you’ll see a page like this:

Here you get to choose all the Spotify playlists you want to transfer to Google Play Music, just click the check box to the right of each playlist you want to transfer. Once you start the transfer, you’ll see a page that says it’s transferring but the “Found,” “Not Found,” and “Filtered Karaoke” numbers might not be moving up from zero. But go back to your open terminal and…

It’s working! Navigate to Google Play Music, open the left-hand drawer, scroll down to the playlists section, and you should see the playlists you chose to transfer starting to show up.

Of course not all music that’s available on Spotify may be available on Google Play Music All Access, but I’ve found that the overlap is pretty close. Also, using PyPortify is technically against the terms of service of both services, so do it at your own risk, but we haven’t heard of anything bad happening as a result of using this service. Enjoy!

Play Music All Access Stories November 3, 2014

Google Play Music expands to 13 new European countries

Google today has expanded its Play Music service to a handful of new European countries. The thirteen countries added in today’s expansion are primarily located in Eastern Europe and include Belarus, Bulgaria, and Romania. Residents of these countries will also have access to Google Music’s All Access subscription service in addition the standard Play Store selection.

The full list of all 13 new countries is below:

  • Belarus
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Romania
  • Slovenia

As always, you can read the full breakdown of what Google services are available in what countries on the company’s support page. It’s certainly nice to see Play Music growing.

Play Music All Access Stories July 1, 2014

Google’s Play Music All Access service may soon be getting a rebrand, at least according to a support page that appears to have been preemptively updated. First noticed by Android Police, this support page refers to Google’s streaming music service as the catchy “Google Play unlimited music subscription.” The support page in question is for a promotion currently running for the Nexus 7 that offers Google Play Music All Access.

A Google Play unlimited music subscription (previously known as Google Play Music All Access) entitles subscribers to listen to unlimited music from the song titles available within Google Play on a monthly basis.

This change is most likely to help people differentiate Google’s music streaming service from the reportedly upcoming YouTube streaming service that has been in the works for a long time. YouTube’s music streaming service will reportedly run entirely separate from Play All Access (or Google Play unlimited music subscription), so it is believable that Google would want to change the name of the service to something more recognizable. Although, we can’t say that Google Play Unlimited Music Subscription is a very catchy name.

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Play Music All Access Stories March 10, 2014

Hot on the heels of Samsung’s announcement of its new “Milk” streaming music service, Google has announced that it will be offering 60 days of free access to its Play Music All Access service to certain users, as well as anyone who owns a Chromebook.

Normally, the service runs $9.99 a month for the premium plan. Play Music All Access allows users to access a library of millions of on-demand tracks on any Android device. Prior to this offer, Google was offering 30 days of free usage, but the company has graciously doubled that for a limited time.

If you’ve been wanting to try Play Music All Access, keep an eye on your inbox for two free months of the service.

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