Google Play Music Brings Back Recents to The Menu

A small dot release of Google Play Music is hitting the Play Store that brings back a menu option and other small improvements.  The updated build is version 7.4 for those keeping score and with it you will find that the Recents option has returned to the main menu or navigation drawer of the app.  This feature disappeared late last year when Google started injecting machine learning into the app so it could better learn your listening preferences.  Since then, your Recents appeared as a button on the main display of the app (but it only shows your downloaded music if you are in offline mode)

The return of Recent to the menu should clean things up a bit whether you are online or offline and make it easier to find the music you have recently listened to in chronological order.

There are a few other minor changes in the app including a new animation when you tap the Play button on a song and some underlying stability improvements.

Google Play Music
Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a free app and you can upload your own music to the service for free to listen to on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC or Mac.  Like other services, you can subscribe to an unlimited service for $9.99 per month ($14.99 for a family of up to six members) which gives you access to over 40 million songs in the library.  Those can be downloaded to your device and played offline, even if you don’t own them.

If you have the app installed on your phone or tablet, expect the OTA update to hit your device over the course of the next day or two.