Google Music App Update Gets Gapless Playback

November 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Android has scored with the new version- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The new version of the operating system has brought with it the much awaited gapless playback for music files.

The function was present originally, but the stock Google Music app didn’t have any compatibility with gapless playback. Moreover, the other independent audio players could support the feature only if they played .ogg files.

Other applications had to lean on their own software to achieve gapless playback. But now with Google Music getting an update, the feature has become a part of the core operations.

The update will be available only to those who have Android 4.1 or above on their devices. Those who are stuck with the previous versions will have to do with short pauses in between tracks.

Gapless playback isn’t the only thing that Google has added. But many of the updates will happen for Android 2.2 and above, so most of you can enjoy the benefits.

The additions include the added ability to keep Thumbs Up, Last Added, and Free and Purchased playlists on device. Then there’s the auto-generated Instant Mixes on Recent tab based on your favorite songs.

Moreover, Google has made improvements so that you can keep listening to your music even if your device is offline. That’s something music buffs, who use Google’s app, will be pleased with.

Apple’s iTunes currently rules the realm of music services, and it’s nice to see Google trying to step up with some good work.

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