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Google Play Music is one of the best music subscription services available today. This article presents a collection of tips for using Google Play Music on the iPhone.
Although Spotify and Apple Music have stolen the limelight, having used all three services, I find Google Play Music to be the best. First and foremost, Google Play Music offers much more music than its competitors. With over 35 million songs, you’re not going to be missing out on anything. Both Spotify and Apple Music offer about 30 million songs.
Google Play Music offers better audio quality than Apple Music. Spotify and Google Play Music both feature 320 kbps audio quality, however I find that Google’s service has a better dynamic range and stereo separation. Google Play Music also benefits from rock solid data center operations and the ability to handle large sets of information. The search capabilities on Google Play Music are peerless. Although Spotify has a few advantages, overall I find Google Play Music to be the leader of the pack.
Just like with web browsers, word processors and social media apps, music subscription services offer virtually identical features. The user interface and user experience are pretty much the same across all apps. Despite the straightforward functionality of Google Play Music, both novice and advanced users will likely benefit from insightful tips. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of Google Play Music for the iPhone.
Google Play Music: The Basics
Google Play Music is easy to use. If you’re comfortable using Google Play Music on your iPhone, skip ahead. I’m assuming that you’ve already downloaded Google Play Music and gone through the initial setup process. If not, check out “Getting Started with Google Play Music for the iPhone”.
Find and Play an Album: Tap the search icon on the top right of the screen.
Enter the album name using the onscreen keyboard and tap on the result.
Tap on the album cover to view the album detail screen.
Tap on the orange play button to begin playing the album.
Find and Play a Song: Tap the search icon on the top right of the screen.
Enter the song name using the onscreen keyboard and tap on the result.
Your track will appear under the “Best match” or “Songs” heading. You may need to scroll down to see it. Tap on the song title to begin playing.
Find an Artist: Tap on the search icon on the top right of the screen.
Enter the artist’s name using the onscreen keyboard and tap on the result.
The artist’s search result screen appears. If there are multiple results, tap on the best match.
From here, you can browse the artist’s songs, albums and videos.
Play Radio: Radio stations are a central part of the Google Play Music experience. Google Play radio stations feature music related to the artist, album or song they are based on. The Listen Now screen features radio stations based on your listening preferences and habits. Simply scroll down on the Listen Now screen until you see the “Recommended for you” section. Press the play button on a radio station to begin the stream.
Radio stations can be launched from virtually any artist, album or song. Simply tap the vertical “…” next to the item and tap on “Start radio”.
You can also play radio stations based on genres. Tap the “hamburger” button (three horizontal lines) on the top left. If you don’t see this button, tap the back button on the top left until you see it. The main menu appears. Tap on the “Browse stations” button to view the list of genres. Pick a genre and then browse the collection of radio stations. Tap on a radio station to display its detail screen. Finally, tap the orange play button to start the radio station. (continue…)