Google Improves Playlist Discoverability in Google Home App
Google has made it simpler to find music when casting or streaming thanks to a small update to the Google Home app. The latest version of Google Home now includes a Listen tab that's dedicated to music. It reveals curated playlists patched together from songs, albums, podcasts, and more. The Listen tab works with music services including Google Play Music and Spotify, and can tap into whatever playlists may already be on the owner's phone or tablet. Last, Google Home will display a set of recommended or new songs/artists to help people explore new music. The idea here is to make it easier to manage music from a single place, rather than force people to use their music app to find music and the Google Home app to cast it. Now, the Google Home app can handle both discovering and casting. The app is free to download from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.
YouTube Music App Launches for Android and iOS
YouTube's stand-alone music app is now available for download. The app includes a home tab for recommended artists, as well as user-configurable stations based on individual tastes.
Google Music Gains Machine Learning for Improved Recommendations
Google today updated its Google Music service for Android, iOS, and the web with the hope that it will provide better, more personalized music recommendations. Moving forward, Google Music will match users' existing libraries and playlists with outside cues, such as location, weather, and activity, to make smarter suggestions.
Google Assistant to Live In (Your) Google Home
Google today made its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, available for preorder. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant.
Google Updates Play Music with Songza Features
Google today pushed out an update to its Play Music service that adds new, curated play lists. The refreshed service gains its tools from Songza, which Google purchased over the summer.