Google Play Music for iPhone integrates Songza in Material Design update

Google Play Music today not only looks better thanks to an incoming update to Material Design, it's about to sound better, too. Google has announced that it's adding in curation from Songza, which it acquired earlier this year. Songza's claim to fame has been its wealth of curation, which offers up playlists based on activities — from "ballroom dancing" to "getting lucky" to "yoga' — and moods — "aggressive," "earthy," "visceral" and the like — to custom fit what you're listening to.

When All Access subscribers open the updated Google Play Music app, Google says today in a blog post, they'll see that Songza integration and be asked if they want music for a particular time of day, mood or activity.

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You'll also find the Songza integration on the "Listen Now" page in the iPhone app for quick access to the "concierge" functionality that we've come to know and love. As the images here show, "It's Tuesday morning, play music for ..." is straight out of the Songza playbook, and it should prove to be a natural fit with Google Play Music.

The activity-based stations will be available for All Access subscribers in the U.S. and Canada on Android, iOS and on the web. The new "Listen Now" page will be available in all 45 countries that currently have Google Play Music.

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  • Google play Music? Ewwwwwwwwwwww. That stuff looks ugly and eats up massive amount of data caps. Spotify still better than any streaming service, including Beats. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I've been using it for months now and it doesn't eat up that much data compared to when I use songza, radio, or anything else. I don't use Spotify so I can't comment on that, but data usage is the same for me using any of the services Sent from the iMore App
  • Silly twat Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I am boycotting Google Play Music. I used it and loved it for about a year but wasted a bunch of device activations while testing Android in a VM/Emulators. I didn't realize they limited deactivations to 4 per year. So when I got my new iPhone 6 I was unable to deactivate my old iPhone 4S to make room for the new phone. I called Google to see if they could override this limit or deactivate all my devices similar to how Apple does it but they said no. I explained that I was a developer and wasted a bunch of activations. Hell one of the current activations says VM in it's name. It was obvious I wasn't making this crap up. They didn't care. So basically I would have to wait a year before I could use it on my new phone. She didn't care. She then asked if she could help me with anything else. I said yeah sure.... cancel my service. She said okay... you're all set. I've never been able to cancel something without them jumping through hoops to keep me. Google can kiss my a....... I retested all the services. Spotify, Rdio, Beats.... I ended up with Rdio but I will probably end up with Beats once Apple overhauls it.
  • They lifted the deauthorization limit Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Yes... but then they added it back. Currently there is a limit. Edit: Hmmm. looks like it was lifted yet again. Why can't they make up their mind. So if I really wanted to I could go back. But I was so turned off by their customer service and treatment of a developer that I will never go back. Edit2: The limit is still there. Although I was able to remove 4 more devices, I still hit a limit and now get this message: "Sorry, you've deauthorized too many devices.". I am guessing they didn't lift the limit completely but merely expanded it to 8 or somewhere around there.