Google has a lot of confusing music services, but Play Music is one of the best and now it’s getting a little better. A new update rolling out to the mobile and web apps brings a new focus on finding the music you like at just the right time.
The app got a visual overhaul that reduces the emphasis on the card-style interface it’s used for so long (though the web version is still pretty card-y). More importantly, the app’s home screen will now serve as sort of a personal DJ, suggesting the music it thinks is most relevant to you at the time.
According to Google, it does this via machine learning. Play Music will pay attention to when you listen to certain kinds of music and start suggesting similar music for the same times. For example, if you always work out Mondays at 6:00PM, the app will figure out that you want your beast mode playlist around this time and start delivering it (or music like it) to you every Monday at 6:00PM. If you prefer something cool and relaxing during the evenings, it will shift gears. It’s a lofty promise, so we’ll be interested to see if it’s actually that smart.