Material Design is all around us, and of course Google products have been slowly been updating its products in order to match the new look of the upcoming Android Lollipop. This week it’s the turn of Google Play Music to get an overhaul, but it’s not just the look that gets a major tweaking, but rather, the way you listen to music as well. They are now offering “radio stations” that have been tailor-fit to your current activity or mood, thanks to a recent acquisition that supposedly makes curating music easier.
Songza was bought by Google earlier this year and it’s now time to put it to use by integrating it to Google Play Music. As long as you’re a subscriber to Google’s music service, you’ll be able to have access to playlists that have been specially curated to match any activity you’re doing or match any mood you’re feeling at the moment. You will also be given several options for music stations that will match your preference at that moment, so you will not be limited to just one kind of music when you’re exercising, stressfully commuting or sleepily trying to finish work stuff.
The Listen Now page has also been redesigned to make it easier for you to find or discover new music. There are also cards that will show you what songs you’ve recently played and based on this, you will be sent cards of new music and radio stations that fit into your most played genres or artists. The album and artist descriptions are now easier to read as well, thanks to redesigned landing pages. Other music streaming services have to step up their game as apps like Spotify, Pandora and others continue to give you more innovative ways of listening instead of just queuing up the music on your player.
You can download Google Play Music for free from the Google Play Store, but you need a $9.99 per month subscription to be able to access its catalogue and enjoy features we mentioned above. The streaming service is not yet available everywhere but only in certain territories like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, United States among others.