Google Updates Music Manager for Easier File Management
Google today provided an update to its Music Manager software for computers. This software is what syncs your PC-based music library with Google's cloud-based music storage service for Androids smartphones. The new version contains a tool that lets users download all the tracks from Google Music back down to a PC, including those users have purchased and those users have uploaded. Additionally, Google has made it possible to share YouTube videos that are associated with Google Music purchases to Google+. The new software is free to download and use.
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 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 to Merge Google Play Music and YouTube Red
Google plans to shake up its music offering and ad-free video service, according to statements made by Lyor Cohen, the head of Google Play Music. As it stands today, Google Play Music is available to a single person for $10 per month and families for $15 per month.
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.