A new Google Play Music app update has been rolled out, with offline listing brought to Android handsets through the addition of SD card support.
A preinstalled music service on all Android handsets, Google Play Music lets users search for, play and share their favourite music. With users able to create their own personal playlists, the service also features an All Access option for listening to radio on the move.
Now, the addition of SD card support means that users with handsets running Android 4.4 KitKat can cache tracks to their storage cards, saving them for offline listening at a later date.
To cache their favourite music, all users must do is enter the Music Settings options and enable the offline capabilities at the foot of the ‘Downloading’ section. Whilst this update is intended to provide SD card support for newer Android devices, rumours have emerged that tentative attempts to implement a similar storage option for Jelly Bean users are also underway.
Although the most high profile of additions, offline support is not the only new feature to be brought to Google Play Music.
Elsewhere, the Android music service has added the ability shuffle any artist’s full track catalogue, as well as introducing improved social networking connectivity to share content.
To share a song, the user simply has to access the action overflow menu whilst they’re listening and the option to “share” will instantly be evident.