Material Design is popping up everywhere. It’s inundated on the Google Play Store, it’s everywhere on your Android devices, and now it’s making its way to the web. Yesterday, Google began rolling out a huge update to the Google Play Music web interface. The new design is a pleasant one, at least for those who enjoy the look of the Material Design user interface.
One of the first things that users will notice, aside from the obvious design changes from the previous interface of Google Play Music, is the slide out bar on the left that is all too familiar since the release of Lollipop. This navigation tray is hidden at first, but just click the three lines for the tray, and out pops up all of the users options/settings/playlists for Google Play Music.
Users will be able to head over to Listen Now, My Library, Instant Mixes or the Google Play Music Shop, all with a click or two. Below that section, are some different playlists. A few of those are curated automatically, but users will also be able to find any playlists that they have created, along with the ability to create new ones quickly and easily.Even further down are the “Options” for the users Google Play Music account. From here users will be able to Add Music from your iTunes account, check out all the settings for the users account, view any trashed songs, and get Help or Submit Feedback.
Now as for the interface of the “main screen” within Google Play Music. Clicking on an artists name will bring up a large card view, that we are accustomed to seeing already on our Android Lollipop devices. From the artist page, users can read a biography about whichever Artist/Band you are searching, as well as view all of the songs from that artist that are available in the users Library. Also, users can view the top songs from that artist, and if something looks familiar, any song can be played.
From there, you can view related artists, albums, view a few videos either based on the artist, or maybe some live performances. Functionality has remained the same compared to the previous version, however, it will take some getting used to in regards to where all the buttons are for everything that can be found in Google Play Music.
Check out the new changes and features for Google Play Music and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Now as a reminder, in order to access everything that Google Play Music has to offer, the user must be subscribed to Google Play Music All-Access at $9.99/month. However, Google is offering a free 30-day trial for anyone who wants to sign up and give it a shot. Just another deal for users trying to decide on which music streaming subscription service to sign up for.