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Google Play Music Is Dead : Download Your Music Now!

Google Play Music Is Dead : How To Download Your Music?

Google Play Music is officially dead across the world, and you have until December 2020 to migrate your music library and playlists to YouTube Music.

Find out how to download your music library and playlists from Google Play Music before they are deleted forever!

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Whaaaaat???

On 4 April 2020, Google dropped the bombshell – they announced that they were replacing Google Play Music play with YouTube Music by December 2020.

They would kill off Google Play Music starting September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa, and October 2020 for the rest of the world.

Users will no longer be allowed to stream from, or use the Google Play Music app from that point onwards. They will only be allowed to transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music.

Even that migration offer is limited to December 2020, after which the Google Play Music libraries will be deleted and will no longer be available to download or transfer to YouTube Music.

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Download Your Music Now!

Google offers the option to migrate your Google Play Music libraries and playlists to YouTube Music, but you may not want to do that for these reasons :

  • 128 kbps quality limit for free subscriptions
  • you can’t upload your own music through the app, only using an Internet browser
  • offline playback of your own music requires you to upload and then download the same music

Before deciding what to do next, the first thing you should do is download your music library.

You have until the end of December 2020 to download your music, so do it now!

  1. Open Google Play Music.
  2. Tap on Manage Your Data.
  3. Tap on Download your music library.

  1. Leave Google Play Music checked.
  2. Select to export once.
  3. Select the more common .zip file format, or the .tgz alternative
  4. Select the maximum file size you prefer – 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 10 GB or 50 GB.
    Google will split your files into multiple compressed files based on the maximum size you selected.
    Newer operating systems (Windows 10, macOS) can support files larger than 4 GB.

  1. Tap Create export and let Google archive and compress your music library.
  2. You will receive an email with a download link when it’s done.

 

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Here Are The 2019 Spotify Premium Offer Details!

Spotify just announced the 2019 Spotify Premium offer, and it’s a fantastic deal! Here are the full details!

 

The 2019 Spotify Premium Offer

From 16 May until 30 June 2019, eligible Spotify free users and first-time Spotify users can sign-up for a three-month trial of Spotify Premium for just RM 2 / ~US$0.50!

If you already tried Spotify Premium in the past, and cancelled before 15 April 2019, you can sign up for another three-month trial for RM 14.90 / ~US$ 3.75!

The 2019 Spotify Premium offer happens only twice a year, so don’t miss this opportunity!

 

Why Upgrade To Spotify Premium?

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Upgrading to Spotify Premium allows you to :

  • Download your music and listen to it anywhere you want!
  • Enjoy non-stop music without ads
  • Play any song you want, even on your smartphone!
  • Get unlimited skips – just hit next!

Remember – if you don’t like it, you can always cancel at anytime!

 

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The 2018 TikTok Trends And Challenges Revealed!

TikTok rounds up the celebrities, creators, challenges and soundtracks that made the 2018 trend! Find out all the trendy songs and TikTok challenges that made the list right here!

 

The 2018 TikTok Malaysian Trends Revealed!

TikTok looks back on the most popular celebrities, creators, challenges and hits that made 2018 a year to remember

One of the most unforgettable 2018 moments for Malaysia included the inaugural 1 Million Audition which generated over 52 million views from 62,000 video submissions!

 

Find Your Favourite Celebrities On TikTok!

Celebrities from all over the world made TikTok their playground this year with its easy-to-use features allowing them to give fans a sneak peek into their moments.

A diverse list of stars who gained a massive following on the platform, including K-pop chart-toppers WINNER and BLACKPINK, as well as American social media personality Baby Ariel, who tops the list with almost 30 million followers on TikTok.

In Malaysia, the most popular celebrities on TikTok are actress Janna Nick (@jannanick95), singer Baby Shima (@babyshima), and singer cum TV host Danny Ah Boy (@dannyahboy)

 

TikTok Launchpad For Local Creators!

As a platform to engage a growing fan base and a global audience, TikTok also served as the launchpad for an array of local creators.

Social media maven Holly H, content producer Gil Croes, choreographer Awez Darbar along with K-Pop dancer Sona are among the creators who made waves globally.

Other popular creators in Malaysia include Findy Yong (@findyyong_), Syasha Rushdiena (@syasyarushdina) and Alieff Irfan (@irfxn_).

 

Trendy Videos And Soundtracks

TikTok has increasingly become a launchpad for diverse videos set to catchy music.

Among the most trending soundtracks of 2018 used on TikTok videos by Malaysians include

  • Down in the DM by DJ Flex/ Yo Gotti
  • Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys featuring DJ Pedrito
  • DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK

 

The 2018 TikTok Year In Rewind

Malaysia Global
Most Popular Celebrities
  1. Janna Nick
  2. Baby Shima
  3. Danny Ah Boy
  4. Aiman Tino
  5. Wawa Zainal
  6. Amyra Rosli
  7. Fasha Sandha
  8. Izzue Islam
  9. Emma Maembong
  10. Aeril Zafrel
  1. Baby Ariel
  2. Zach King
  3. Marshmello
  4. BLACKPINK
  5. Supatsara Thanachat
  6. Daddy Yankee
  7. WINNER
  8. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
  9. Alan Walker
  10. Little Big
Most Popular Creators
  1. Findy Yong (findyyong_)
  2. Syasha Rushdiena (syasyarushdina)
  3. Alieff Irfan (irfxn_)
  4. Hafizam Kamar (hfzam18)
  5. Farrah Khairina (farrahmzm)
  6. Akid Zulkiflee (akiddos)
  7. Angel Low (angelloweee)
  8. Nurul Nurizzati (itsrosenicotine)
  9. Jack Huah (jackhuah0408)
  10. Qiu Wen (qiuwen1014)
  1. Gil Croes
  2. Holly H
  3. Awez Darbar
  4. Xime Ponch
  5. Our Fire
  6. Andressa Fontinele
  7. Dancer Sona
  8. Flo
  9. ひなた (imomuhi)
  10. Ashleigh Ross
Most Popular Challenges
  1. #DuetWithMe
  2. #RaindropChallenge
  3. #DinoRoar
  4. #PumpLikeThat
  5. #DidiDance
  6. #CountOnMe
  7. #KataManis
  8. #IReallyReally
  9. #DduDuDuDance
  10. #SiriSiri
  1. #LemonsForLeukemia
  2. #SnapYourLife
  3. #CountOnMe
  4. #FilterTransition
  5. #PopLikeThat
  6. #Stairshuffle
  7. #RainDropChallenge
  8. #ReactToThis
  9. #ChooseYourCharacter
  10. #HalloweenBattle
Most Popular Soundtracks
  1. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  2. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys
  3. DDU-DU DDU-DU by BLACKPINK
  4. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  5. 2002 by Anne-Marie
  6. Pump by Valentino Khan
  7. Girls Like You by Maroon 5
  8. Bahagia by Eza Edmond
  9. Luar Biasa (Feat Alif) by Ismail Izzani
  10. Lagi Syantik by Siti Badriah
  1. Havana (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello
  2. Run Free (feat. IVIE) by Deep Chills
  3. Solo (feat. Demi Lovato) by Clean Bandit
  4. El Chombo by Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks
  5. Down in The DM by DJ Flex / Yo Gotti
  6. Please Don’t Go by Joel Adams
  7. Dura by Daddy Yankee
  8. Counterparty by Hipinoze
  9. In My Feelings by Drake
  10. Delícia Tchu Tcha Tcha (Feat Dj Pedrito) by Mike Moonnight & DM’Boys

 

TikTok Challenge In East Asia!

Malaysians and Singaporeans are most active on TikTok on Saturday afternoons, while users in Vietnam get their TikTok fix just before weekend dinners between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.

Philippines and Thailand get busy with TikTok from 8:00pm onwards on Saturdays, while Indian users create videos the most from 11:00pm all the way until 1:00am.

Many of the biggest trending videos of 2018 came from TikTok challenges, which allowed fans from all over the world to participate in local conversations in their communities.

Among the most popular challenges include the #RainDropChallenge which made waves all over the world, especially in the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

In Malaysia, other challenges that filled everyone’s feed include #DuetWithMe which allowed users to sing, dance or act along their favourite personality or clips. The other challenge #dinoroar where users made a velociraptor appear on screen via the dinosaur filter and reacted creatively to it in their TikTok video.

See Yourself On TikTok!

Want to see how your own year went? Revisit your own journey with TikTok this year on the “My Year in Rewind” TikTok in-app experience which will be launched on 24 December 2018.

 

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New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to access and control your music and podcasts right on your Apple Watch. Here are the full details!

 

New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify just announced a new Spotify for Apple Watch app. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to speakers or devices. This is a work in progress, with Spotify planning to add the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline.

More activities – more control

Smartwatches let us access the world with a flick of our wrists. Ready to start your run? Hit play from your Apple Watch without having to wrangle your phone out of its running case.

Running into a friend as you head into the grocery store? Tap pause to grab a cart and a chat.

Not feeling a slow song during your birthday party? Skipping to the track that matches your mood and activity is now as easy as checking your notifications.

Or, while listening to your favorite podcast, easily rewind 15 seconds to catch that detail you missed. It’s all right there on the watch face.

Speaking of parties, easily connect your speakers or devices via Spotify Connect to effortlessly DJ from your watch.

 

Easier access – easier discovery

This new integration with Apple Watch makes it easy to access recently played songs, no matter where your phone is. And if you discover a new favorite track, all you need to do is tap the ♡ icon on your watch screen to save it. You can then stream it over and over again.

This new experience will be released to Apple Watch users in the upcoming week. Be sure to install the latest version (v.8.4.79) of Spotify. Alternatively you can download it on the App Store. Look out for more updates soon.

 

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Chromageddon – The Day Chromecast + Home Died Worldwide!

Chromageddon is upon us! The world woke up today to a world of silent Chromecast and Google Home devices. What the heck is going on??? How do we fix it???

Updated @ 2018-07-01 : Google still refuses to tell us what caused Chromageddon. But let’s see what we can dig out about this debacle.

Updated @ 2018-06-28 : Google just reported they have a fix! We added details on what we need to do to restore the affected devices, and an update on a bad firmware being the cause of Chromageddon.

Originally posted @ 2018-06-27

 

Chromageddon – The Day Chromecast + Home Died Worldwide

Chromageddon took down Chromecast and Google Home devices worldwide sometime in the evening of 26 June 2018 (US Pacific Time). Since then, they have all refused to obey their masters’ commands.

Users of Google Home were greeted with the dreaded “There was a glitch. Try again in a few seconds.” response to every command. No matter how long and hard they cajoled their Google devices, they stayed silent.

They were all still alive, still connected to the network, but functionally nothing more than space-heating paperweights.

It took Google more than 12 hours to fix the problem after they realised Chromageddon was real. The real tragedy though was the complete lack of communication with their users.

Sure, Google responded to messages on Twitter, but even when people alerted them to the issue, it took more than 12 hours before they realised something truly bad was happening. Even then, they did not inform their other customers who are probably spending hours trying to troubleshoot their non-functioning devices.

Needless to say, other than informing those who reported issues when a fix was available, they steadfastly refused to tell us WHY Chromageddon happened. I suppose Google expects us to trust them to learn something from this debacle…

 

What Devices Are Currently Affected? Updated!

For most part, they are almost all Google Chromecast 2 and Google Home devices, but here is the full list of devices reported to be affected by Chromageddon :

  • Google Chromecast (1st Gen)
  • Google Chromecast (2nd Gen)
  • Google Home
  • Google Home mini

Surprisingly, both Google Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Audio do not seem to be affected, although they are far less popular and their users have not yet realised the downtime.

 

How Do We Fix Chromecast + Home? Updated!

So far, all efforts to self-fix the problem have failed spectacularly :

  • Screaming futilely at the silent devices – Failed
  • Restarting Chromecast or Google Home – Failed
  • Rebooting the modem and/or router – Failed
  • Resetting Chromecast or Google Home to factory defaults – Failed
  • Asking Google tech support for help – Failed
  • Praying to the Google Gods – Failed

Although Google refuses to confirm, Chromageddon is most likely due to a problem with their servers. So when their servers have a hiccup, everything goes down. Google hinted at that with these tweets :

Our Engineering team is already on it. Hang in there — we’ll keep you updated.

There’s an ongoing issue with Chromecast and our team is already working on a fix ― we’ll keep you posted.

Our team is aware of this issue and working on a stable fix. Stay tuned.

At 6:18 AM (GMT+8) on the 28th of June, Google announced that they have a fix for Chromageddon that will automatically roll out over the next 6 hours. To get your Chromecast and Google Home running immediately, all you have to do is REBOOT them.

“We’ve identified a fix for the issue impacting Google Home users and it will be automatically rolled out over the next 6 hours. If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device. If you’re still experiencing an issue after rebooting, contact us at Google Home Support. We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future.

While there is a way to reboot your Google devices via the Google Home app, many people cannot actually get connected to the affected devices. So the simplest way to get them working again is to physically turn off power to those devices, and then turn them back on again.

 

Isn’t Chromageddon Due To A Firmware Update? Updated!

At first, everyone thought it might have been a firmware update that bricked the devices. Some even claimed that it only happened after their affected devices were updated.

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However, many of those who could still connect to their Chromecast reported that they were still on the 1.29.104827 production ​firmware. That firmware is several months old, or it’s not possible for it to suddenly act up globally.

Some have reported that their Chromecast is on the 1.30.113131 preview firmware. That is only possible if they had specifically opted to participate in the Google Preview Program. Even so, this preview firmware was released in sometime in April 2018.

When Google announced a fix, and that all we needed to do was to reboot our devices, it confirmed our deduction that it was a server-related issue on their end. We can safely confirm that Chromageddon was NOT due to any firmware update.

 

What Chromageddon Teaches Us

We all know that personal assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo (Price Check) are always connected to cloud servers, and come with their fair share of privacy concerns. However, most of us are probably not aware that “dumb” video streaming devices like Chromecast connect to such servers as well.

Privacy concerns with devices “dialling home” are bad enough. Chromageddon is now proof of just how vulnerable such a system design can be, if these devices have to be connected to Google’s servers to even function.

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Spotify Expands To Vietnam, South Africa, Romania and Israel!

Heads up, music lovers! Spotify expands to four new countries! Yes, they just announced that Spotify is now available in four new countries – Vietnam, South Africa, Romania, and Israel. This brings the number of countries supported by Spotify to 37. Take a look at their official press release below.

 

Spotify Expands To Four New Markets

13th March 2018: We’re delighted to announce that Spotify launches today in Vietnam, South Africa, Romania, and Israel.

Offering an unrivalled mix of domestic and international music, discovery features and revolutionary personalised curation perfectly tuned to your taste, music fans across all countries can now enjoy instant access to Spotify’s free ad-supported and subscription services.

Cecilia Qvist, Global Head of Markets at Spotify, says: “We’re really excited to bring Spotify to these four markets, connecting their rich music cultures with millions of artists and users across the world.”

Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming subscription service with a community of over 159 million users, including over 71 million Spotify Premium subscribers, now across 65 markets worldwide.

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Behind The Lyrics With Spotify & Genius Now On Android

Music is a universal phenomenon, and we think musical knowledge should be, too. Every song has a story to be told.

When we first joined forces with Genius to introduce Behind the Lyrics on iOS last year, our goal was to put these stories—from the inspiration behind each lyric to what that artist was feeling at the time—right at your fingertips precisely at the moment you were listening to your favorite track.

It worked. Every day, millions of Spotify iPhone users around the world go Behind the Lyrics to brush up on everything from Lorde to Little Big Town to Lil Yachty, gaining deeper insight into today’s biggest artists and their creative process.

And the experience just got more global.

 

Behind The Lyrics Now On Android

Today Spotify and Genius are thrilled to announce that Behind the Lyrics has landed on Android. Spotify Android users everywhere can now enjoy the Behind the Lyrics treatment on our curated playlists Behind the Lyrics: Hip Hop and Today’s Top Hits.

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Tracks on these playlists will include lyrical excerpts, fun facts, and stories straight from the artists themselves about how they created their standout songs. Simply hit ‘Play’ on these Genius-powered playlists to learn more about your favorite artists and songs.

There’s more: one of today’s brightest stars, R&B breakout Khalid, is taking you Behind the Lyrics of every track on his new album American Teen, providing an intimate glimpse into his soundscape.

Spotify x Genius Behind the Lyrics on Android starts rolling out today.

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Discover & Share Music With The Spotify Bot For Facebook Messenger

Music sounds better with friends. And now it’s easier than ever to share and discover music within Facebook Messenger with the new Spotify bot for Messenger with the all-new Chat Extensions feature, announced today at Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8.

 

The Spotify Bot For Facebook Messenger

The Spotify bot for Messenger will serve up playlist recommendations based on mood, activity, or genres. With the associated Messenger Chat Extensions feature, people can search and share Spotify songs, albums, and playlists directly with friends without ever leaving the Messenger app. For the first time ever, friends on the other end will be able to preview 30-second clips directly within the Messenger app or visit the Spotify app to listen in full.

The new Chat Extensions feature can be activated simply by tapping on the blue “+” icon to the left of the text box while in conversation with friends to search and share music, and select the Spotify bot. Find the song, hit share, and you’re all set!

Whether you’re building playlists with friends, or you’re a tastemaker that wants to show off the latest fire, it’s now even better to experience music on Messenger.

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