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. The new machine learning features within Play Music are able to read contextual tools to understand when people are relaxing at home, exploring new cities, or working out at the gym. (People must choose to opt in to receive the more personal recommendations.) In order to highlight these new recommendations, Google revamped the app's home screen experience where new music recos will be ready and waiting every time people open the app. Last, Google Music will automatically add some recommended music to the phone while it charges so people will have access to some tunes even when offline. The new Google Play Music is rolling out to Android and iOS devices over the next few days. It is already available via the web.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Releases Apple Music for Android
Apple today published a beta version of Apple Music in the Google Play Store. The app offers owners of Android handsets Apple's monthly music service.
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.