Play Music Updated with Free Ad-Supported Streaming+More

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Earlier today Google pushed out a sweet update to Google Play Music. No one really saw this update coming, and it is a pretty sizable one. The new version (v6.0.1942S) introduces ad-supported free streaming radio for all of those not paying $10 a month for Google Play all Access. This is a pretty big bonus to the already stellar Play Music experience. If Google would remove the stupid unauthorization limit it would be my favorite streaming service hands down.

In addition to the new free streaming option, Google has also tweaked the UI in Play Music a bit, mostly for the better. The slideout menu we are familiar with has a few new options, and a few old ones have been merged together. The Playlists option now lives under the My Library tab, Radio has been transformed into Browse Stations, and you can now Explore using either the New Releases or Top Charts options. With the free streaming service you are likely to see video ads before starting a station. The free streaming service also limits the number of skips when listening to any given station. The new update also lets you control exactly which artists, albums, or tracks you put on your Android Wear watch, a handy features for those of us using Wear. You can find the Manage Wear Downloads option under the familiar Download to Android Wear button.

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The update looks pretty exciting, if you can’t wait to get it pushed to your device, grab the APK below!

APK via Droid life: Google Play Music(v6.0.1942S)

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"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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