When Google announced it’s acquisition of music streaming service Songza a few months ago, one could only wonder how long before they integrated some of Songza’s functionality with their own Google Play Music app. Wait no more as an updated Google Play Music app was announced today.
One of the features that set Songza apart from other services was time-of-day and activity-based station recommendations.
It’s Tuesday morning and you might be sitting in the office, in desperate need of a way to stay motivated for the week ahead. How about a playlist for staying focused at work? Starting today, it’s easier to find the right music for every mood with an updated Google Play Music app. This is our first integration with Songza, a company we acquired this summer that gives you expert curated music stations based on what you’re doing.
If you are unfamiliar with Songza, the recommendation stations are based on time of day, for example Tuesday morning, and give a few options such as New Music, Waking Up, Driving, Working Out, and more. Given that Google Now has a pretty good handle on your daily activities (if you’ve opted in), it will be interesting to see if that data will partially impact what choices you are given within the Google Play Music app itself.
As the post mentions, this is the first integration with Songza – indicating this is just one of many Songza features they will integrate into the Google Play Music app in the future.
The updated Google Play Music app is rolling out starting today, and also features a redesigned “Listen Now” page. The Songza-based recommendations will only be available to subscribers in the US and Canada on Android, iOS and the web, while the “Listen Now” update will be available in all 45 countries where Google Play Music is available.
If you are one of those impatient types, you can head over to our friends at Gapps Early to grab the updated Google Play Music APK now.
What other features would you like to see come to Google Play music? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
Source: Android BlogSource: Android Blog