Google has announced that a major overhaul of their music streaming service, Google Play Music, is rolling out this week. The update will bring a significant change to the user interface of the app but there are also a lot of changes happening behind the scenes to make a better overall experience. What the company is doing is building in Google’s machine learning into the app. The idea is for it to learn the music you like as well as when you listen to certain types of music so it can make better and more accurate suggestions.
Google Play Music uses machine learning to figure out what music you like and then mixes in signals like location, activity, and the weather along with hand-picked playlists to personalize music for wherever you are and whenever you want tunes. Starting this week on Android, iOS and the web, the new experience will roll out globally (62 countries, to be precise).
This should sound pretty familiar. Google has been in the process of injecting their machine learning into all of their apps and services over the course of the past year with the aim to have their apps and devices understand you better. While we tend to think of machine learning in big contextual things (like Google Home for example), having it in straight forward apps like Google Play Music will bring a much richer experience to users too.
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