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Google’s Play Music client for the iPhone and iPod touch recently picked up some useful new capabilities such as the ability to filter Downloaded Only tracks, edit playlists on the go, Shuffle Artist and more. Today, Google has pushed another update making the application even more useful than before.

The new Google Play Music version includes a few bug fixes and improvements, as well as three new features. For starters, you can at last enjoy albums such as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” precisely the way they were meant to be heard – with gapless playback…

Next, the app allows you to download whole playlists that you’ve subscribed to, straight to your device for offline listening. Finally, you can now view all of your downloaded music and enjoy improved Listen Now recommendations, with the ability to dismiss them easily.

The full list of changes includes the following:

  • New: Gapless playback
  • New: Download subscribed playlists
  • New: View current downloaded music
  • Improved: Listen now recommendations and the ability to dismiss them
  • Fixed: Loading of music library after update
  • Fixed: Various bugs leading to crashes

Download Google Play Music free in the App Store.

iOS 7.0 or later is required. The app still hasn’t exposed its native iPad interface.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Call me an idiot but what does “Gapless playback” actually mean?

    • nonchalont

      The next song plays w/o the “moment of silence” between the last song played. No moment of silence gap between tracks. The next song will play continuously.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I see it makes me wonder why this wasn’t included to begin with…

      • Chris

        Gapless playback was introduced into iTunes in 2009 I believe it was but wasn’t enabled by default as it could create weird transitions between songs.

        I would say that Google have spent some time matching the end and start of the songs to create a perfectly seamless transition which is something that not many software developers have got right.

      • Sleaka J

        IMO, Gapless playback is an absolute MUST HAVE for any local music or music streaming app.

        I’ve been looking into different streaming apps and unless it has gapless playback, I’ve been giving it a miss. GPM worked quite well last time I looked at it, but the lack of gapless playback meant it was not a serious contender for me. This update will enable me to go back and have a look at it.

  • Tarun Verma

    I wish Google added the feature to play local files. 🙁

  • Gibran Otway

    Is anyone getting a offline bug, where downloaded songs are streaming instead of playing from the download?