Google’s Music Explorer now live in the Play Store for some users


It was earlier this week Google let us in on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and some of tasty treats that would be debuting on Nexus 4. Google went over many of the new features, also demoing Music Explorer, a graphical music discovery tool for the Google Play Store.

Well, it looks like you wont have to wait until Android 4.2 to try out Music Explorer for yourself, as Google has just flipped the switch enabling the feature for many Android users in the Play Store. Similar to something we’ve seen from the Microsoft Zune back in the day, Music Explorer introduces users to similar artists they’ve looked up in the Google Play Store using a snazzy UI. A similar option was always available in the Play Store, but it was never pretty as this. Let us know if it’s gone live in your Play Store!

Thanks, Tommy!

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. awww yeah.

  2. I use services like slacker and pandora radio for this exact function as well as being able to listen to the music for free.

  3. It’s live in my play store! Time to play!

  4. Ok its only live on my n7. Not my gnex :-

    1. Seems to be live on just tablets right now.

  5. It is to bad you can not do that, with the music that you already have in the cloud.

    1. Agreed. Would also be nice if Google Play Music would stop recomending that I buy albums I already have uploaded…

      1. I wish I could remove music from Google Music that I don’t like anymore!

        1. You can. click the little down arrow on a song in google music and select delete track..

  6. holy crap this is cool

  7. Sorry Engadget, you’re wrong. You can swipe for more than 3 artists. And this app is pretty cool. :)

  8. So apparently they are only releasing this on the tablet version? Bummer! Or maybe we’ll get lucky and they’re just slowly rolling it out.

  9. I liked this feature in the Zune program, so it’s cool to have it back.

  10. Pretty neat but totally useless for the type of music I listen to (ethereal, movie scores, and dark ambient). Nox Arcana always leads to Midnight Syndicate or vice versa and from there go off into gothic rock and dark wave, neither of what I was hoping to find. Lustmord and DJ Spooky do the same… I get much better results on Pandora.

  11. Why does that explore button remind me of Disney?

    1. It’s clearly a water molecule… one oxygen atom with two covalently bonded hydrogen atoms :p

  12. i saw this option on my motorola xoom. i’m playing with it now and it seems pretty cool. you can move anywhere on the line (forward or backward). i’m no music expert, but it seems the suggestions map looks pretty good and the suggestions arent too bad.

    Google defiantly needs to expand their Knowledge Graph to other areas (movies, books, apps, etc). Google has something big here

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