Today, Google released a rather significant update to its Google Play Music app for Android. The update brings a few usability improvements such as the ability to shuffle all songs by an artist in Play Music All Access and an easier method of sharing links to your favorite songs, artists, and albums. While important, these new features pale in comparison to the other new feature that this update brings: SD Card support for offline music storage.
Ever since the arrival of the Nexus S, Google has shown its distaste for external SD cards. While having an external storage expansion slot gives users a bit more flexibility when it comes to managing storage limitations, these card slots also add complexity to casual users who aren’t well versed with file management. The removal of Apps2SD support in recent versions of Android also reinforces Google’s apparent view on such functionality. This makes it incredibly curious that today’s update to 5.3.136M brings external SD card support for offline music storage.
Google Play Store Listing Change Log:
v5.3.1316M* SD card support for offline music on KitKat (Experimental support on some older devices)* Added ability to shuffle all songs from an artist in All Access* Made it easy to share links of songs, artists and albums to your favorite social networks
Make your way over to the Google Play Store listing to get the latest update. But since this is a staged rollout, the update may not be officially available to your device. Luckily, those looking to get in on the update a little early can do so thanks to XDA Senior Member androiduser44 who posted the APK for anyone to download. And for those looking for a themed version with a transparent widget, XDA Senior Member ecs1984 has you covered with his modified offering._________