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[q] Can I get some help with using google now to play music

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By beelbeel, Senior Member on 16th January 2014, 09:13 PM
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Either I need help, or google now is absolutely terrible with music.

I have a bunch of music that I added to my phone using isyncr. I have tried to get google to play it, but have yet to play a song successfully using voice commands. It is half the reason that I got this phone, and it's really frustrating how bad it is. Let's use the artist Bonobo for an example. I am able to tell google now what I want to listen to, and it interprets my words successfully about 50% of the time.

If I say "Listen to Bonobo," it opens google music and says "no results found." This occurs despite the fact that it spelled it correctly and I clearly have his music.

If I say "Listen to Black Sands," it tells me that it "Couldn't prepare an instant mix, please try again."

If I saw "Listen to Know You by Bonobo," it actually says "Playing 'Know You' by Bonobo," opens google music, and then starts an instant mix with "Know Yourself" by Femi Kuti.

I was a former android user, now a former iphone user, and google now is a complete disgrace. Am I doing something wrong?
 
 
16th January 2014, 10:00 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by beelbeel

Either I need help, or google now is absolutely terrible with music.

I have a bunch of music that I added to my phone using isyncr. I have tried to get google to play it, but have yet to play a song successfully using voice commands. It is half the reason that I got this phone, and it's really frustrating how bad it is. Let's use the artist Bonobo for an example. I am able to tell google now what I want to listen to, and it interprets my words successfully about 50% of the time.

If I say "Listen to Bonobo," it opens google music and says "no results found." This occurs despite the fact that it spelled it correctly and I clearly have his music.

If I say "Listen to Black Sands," it tells me that it "Couldn't prepare an instant mix, please try again."

If I saw "Listen to Know You by Bonobo," it actually says "Playing 'Know You' by Bonobo," opens google music, and then starts an instant mix with "Know Yourself" by Femi Kuti.

I was a former android user, now a former iphone user, and google now is a complete disgrace. Am I doing something wrong?

dissinstall the updates from Google play music andt try again
let me know if works
16th January 2014, 10:14 PM |#3  
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dissinstall the updates from Google play music andt try again
let me know if works

Reverted to the factory version of google music, and these are the results.

"Listen to Bonobo" is interpreted correctly, google says "Playing Bonobo." It then just takes me to the app with that artist selected. I have tested this for multiple artists.

"Listen to Black Sands" is interpreted correctly. This is an album as well as a song, which is incredibly common. Google successfully plays the song. If I say "Listen to album Black Sands," it still plays the song. If I pick another album that is also not a track name, it just takes me to that album in google music.

"Listen to Know You," a song from a different album, just pulls up a search for "listen to know you." "Listen to know you by Bonobo" successfully plays the song. It plays this single song on repeat and nothing else.


This is an improvement, if I only ever want to listen to a single song. It also gives me the ability to tell google to pull up an artist (even if I am telling it to play that artist), at which point I can hit play myself.

Thanks for the help. I'm still extremely disappointed.
16th January 2014, 10:16 PM |#4  
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Reverted to the factory version of google music, and these are the results.

"Listen to Bonobo" is interpreted correctly, google says "Playing Bonobo." It then just takes me to the app with that artist selected. I have tested this for multiple artists.

"Listen to Black Sands" is interpreted correctly. This is an album as well as a song, which is incredibly common. Google successfully plays the song. If I say "Listen to album Black Sands," it still plays the song. If I pick another album that is also not a track name, it just takes me to that album in google music.

"Listen to Know You," a song from a different album, just pulls up a search for "listen to know you." "Listen to know you by Bonobo" successfully plays the song. It plays this single song on repeat and nothing else.


This is an improvement, if I only ever want to listen to a single song. It also gives me the ability to tell google to pull up an artist (even if I am telling it to play that artist), at which point I can hit play myself.

Thanks for the help. I'm still extremely disappointed.

try to say the name of the album instead of the name of the song.

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16th January 2014, 10:18 PM |#5  
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try to say the name of the album instead of the name of the song.

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I did. I said "Black Sands," which is the name of both a song and an album, and I also tried "The North Borders," which is a different album. For the north borders, it clearly understands what I am saying and shows the album artwork. It doesn't actually play any music, though.
16th January 2014, 10:25 PM |#6  
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I did. I said "Black Sands," which is the name of both a song and an album, and I also tried "The North Borders," which is a different album. For the north borders, it clearly understands what I am saying and shows the album artwork. It doesn't actually play any music, though.

i think they need to improve a little that thing
wait for some updates
16th January 2014, 10:26 PM |#7  
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i think they need to improve a little that thing
wait for some updates


Thanks. I'm a little pissed off that I even switched at this point. They pull you into the Moto X by talking about how you never have to use your hands. The voice recognition tool is absolute crap unless you want to search the internet. At that point, I'm just yelling at my phone to search the internet even though I can type it out.

I was really hoping to be able to use this to play music while driving.
17th January 2014, 12:17 AM |#8  
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its pretty patchy at the moment, I agree. Half the time mine searches on the web rather than opening google play. If I wanted to search on the web, i would have used that command. But when it starts with "Play..." then it should always search on GPAA.
17th January 2014, 12:22 AM |#9  
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its pretty patchy at the moment, I agree. Half the time mine searches on the web rather than opening google play. If I wanted to search on the web, i would have used that command. But when it starts with "Play..." then it should always search on GPAA.

For what it's worth, I just asked the same question on Reddit, and somebody pointed me to a program called PlayerPro. It will recognize artists and albums successfully, but not playlists. I'm also not sure if I can tell any app to shuffle via google now.

PlayerPro is a paid app, but I might try other media player apps now that I know that different apps work/don't work differently.
17th January 2014, 12:39 AM |#10  
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For what it's worth, I just asked the same question on Reddit, and somebody pointed me to a program called PlayerPro. It will recognize artists and albums successfully, but not playlists. I'm also not sure if I can tell any app to shuffle via google now.

PlayerPro is a paid app, but I might try other media player apps now that I know that different apps work/don't work differently.

Thanks, unfortunately all my music and subscription is with google music so doesn't help.
24th February 2014, 02:06 AM |#11  
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Originally Posted by beelbeel

For what it's worth, I just asked the same question on Reddit, and somebody pointed me to a program called PlayerPro. It will recognize artists and albums successfully, but not playlists. I'm also not sure if I can tell any app to shuffle via google now.

PlayerPro is a paid app, but I might try other media player apps now that I know that different apps work/don't work differently.

Hello, beelbeel
For PlayerPro, have you been able to get it to play via Google Now, without having to quit the Program?
I can get GN to recognize my speech and play any of my songs via PlayerPro, however, after asking it to play a song, i have to quit PlayerPro, (not pause, or dismiss) to get it to play any other song i ask for. if i just request without asking, it only opens the player.

To the original poster: Try asking GN to "Play" instead of "Listen". You may have a difficult accent or pitch, Try to rephrase the command. GN seems to recognize a number of ways to get what you want done. And if that fails, Rename your album to include a second or third word, so that GN doesn't confuse the song, and the album.
GL
I reccomend you get this PlayerPro program, they have a free trial. it's great. It will allow you to rename, your files, and albums. try it.
Last edited by kewlzter; 24th February 2014 at 03:09 AM.

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