Google Play Music 5.6 rolling out, limits account sharing to 5 phones, adds menu tweaks

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Google has yet to update the changelog on the Google Play Music listing on the Play Store, but there’s some new surprises arriving in their latest update that could cause some concern. Rolling out to Android devices starting today, Play Music 5.6 adds a few new design tweaks (sorry, no Material design just yet), while making a few changes to the number of devices you can have authorized on your account.

According to some sources, only 5 phones can now be added to a single account, where GPM previously didn’t discriminate between tablets, smartphones, or otherwise — they’re are now all categorized for the most part. There’s also a slightly redesigned sidebar menu with “Downloaded Only” toggle, account switcher, and support for the few Android TVs currently available. You can download the update via the Play Store, or 3rd party link below. Cheers.

Download on MediaFire: Google Play Music 5.6

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  • blest

    I don’t want this lol

    • Derek Ross

      Why? Do you have Play Music installed on 6 phones?

      • blest

        Something like that. My phone, my girls phone, my daughters phone, my little brothers phone. Planned on adding more but guess that’s messed up. Lol

        • ToxMarz

          Hmm. Maybe this was the reason they changed it.

          • blest

            Piss off

          • ToxMarz

            Wow. You sure told me.

        • Sean Royce

          I can understand for family, but who else do you need to connect to play music?

          • blest

            Idk. I’m just someone who likes options but it’s not really an issue getting another subscription if needed. Laziness

          • Sean Royce

            Fair enough.

        • Mark Washington

          abusing the system ?

          • blest

            Not really. Unless I missed something about not using it on multiple phones in the contract.

  • Derek Ross

    WOOT! You can now cast to Android TV from Play Music! It works well.

    • Chris Chavez

      Yay for you and other Google I/O attendees.



  • JBrowne1012

    Stupid move by google, people generally have more than 5 devices to play music on

    • Feli Pingus

      Which would be relevant if this concerned devices and not specifically phones. 5 PHONES, unlimited mobile and other devices (computers, tablets, etc) – limited to 5 phones.

      Also I challenge your assertion that people ‘generally’ have 5 devices to play music on (particularly devices that are internet enabled and can be synced to Google Play in the first place – which requires a browser, iOS, or Android).

      • Carlos Bailey

        Moto X, Nexus 5, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Galaxy Light, Nexus 7 2012, Acer C710 Chromebook, Dell Latitude.

  • Crystal Mills

    Note 3, Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Android TV box, iPod Touch… Guess I’m safe. Right at 5 here..

    • blest

      What you doing with all levels those devices? Lol

      • Crystal Mills

        Lol the Note 3, Nex10, and iPod (using my Note for music in the gym is ridiculous) are mine. The Nex7 belongs to my daughter. And I turned off my cable recently and bought an android box for xbmc.

        • blest

          Oh! I can dig it. Cutting the cords. The Internet is providing other means of entertainment. No need for that bill lol. Thinking about getting my daughter a nexus 7 myself.

  • Travillion

    It doesn’t matter to me how many phones I can have Music authorized on since they restrict playback to one device at a time. Account sharing WOULD be helpful if my wife and I could share the same library, but since one of us would kick the other one off if we both tried to listen, sharing is useless. So, I just have one phone that I need authorized and I maintain identical libraries under her gmail account and my gmail account. Real pain….

  • paco cornholio

    I had medium hopes for Play Music, but Spotify upgrades have made it so I never use it. Even at the early-bird discount rate, it’s about to be canceled.

  • guitarist5122

    That would be dumb if it was limited to just phones per subscription. Granted, you can cast your music, but still, I like to use my tablet and any computer every now and then. I call BS on that rumor.

    • Survival of the Phatest

      I think 5 phones is reasonable

      • guitarist5122

        no, I ‘d rather it just be x number of devices. I don’t have 5 phones. I have a phone, a tablet, computers and a couple smart devices for the tv. I don’t need them to limit an account to a certain number of devices. I don’t want a subscription for phones, one for tables, etc

  • Delmar

    i think this update ruined the lock screen’s back pause and play on the note 3 … at least for me