Google's Rubin Says Music Service Coming, Eventually
Google is nearly ready to launch a music service of its own, said Android chief Andy Rubin in an interview with AllThingsD. "I think we’re close," Rubin said It won't mirror existing services, exactly, explained Rubin. Instead, it "will have a little twist – it will have a little Google in it. It won't just be selling 99 cent tracks." Google already offers an online streaming service that allows users to store their music library online and access it from web browsers or a dedicated application on Android smartphones and tablets. AllThingsD reports that Google needs the support of all the music labels before the service can launch, and there's no definitive word on which — if any — of the labels Google has signed.
Amazon Brings Prime Music to Smartphones
Amazon today launched Prime Music, its own streaming music service. Prime Music is free to those who subscribe to Amazon Prime ($99/year), which also offers perks such as discounted shipping and Amazon Instant Video.
Google Music for Android Gains Support for Podcasts
Google today added podcasts to the online and Android versions of its Google Music service. Similar to how Google Music suggests playlists for certain moods or activities, so too will the service recommend podcasts based on interests and activities.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
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.