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Want Google Play Music on your iPad? It’s hiding in the iPhone version

For iOS users, tuning in to Google(s goog) Play Music currently means using an iPhone(s aapl) app, even if your device is an iPad. That tune is likely going to change soon based on information a tipster provided to 9to5 Mac: Tucked away inside the iPhone app is a setting that optimizes Google Play Music for the larger screen of Apple’s iPad.

The current Google Play Music app runs on an iPad of course, but is optimized for the iPhone: You can view it in 2x mode but it’s still an iPhone app. On a jailbroken iPad, however — here’s a guide if you want to jailbreak an iPad with iOS 7.0.4 — you can switch the UIDeviceFamily from a 1 to a 2 and get this iPad-worthy look:

google play music ipad

A Google representative 9to5 Mac reached out to reportedly thought the new app was already available, suggesting the iPad version may be coming soon. I’d guess that it will be a universal app since Google has put in — at least in this version — a way to switch between iPhone and iPad displays.

Although I generally prefer my iPad to the Android tablets I’ve purchased in the past, I do use more of Google’s services. Apple hardware with Google software is actually a “best of both worlds” experience for me. I can understand if others don’t feel the same and simply stick with Apple for mail, productivity apps, maps and content on their iPad or iPhone. Google Play Music is much improved since it launched on iOS, however, and I’m looking forward to a richer experience on my iPad Air.

5 Responses to “Want Google Play Music on your iPad? It’s hiding in the iPhone version”

    • I do love me some iRadio, Charles. Still use it quite a bit. But iTunes is too limiting for me because I use multiple devices and some of them have no direct access to my iTunes library. Google Play Music (and Amazon for that matter) a bit more universal for me.

      • I’ve started using the Walkman app on my Z1S, actually; copying & pasting folders from my computer to the Z1S is very six years ago, but doesn’t affect my lovely Comcast data cap. Granted, Play Music on it can do the same thing; still, for me Play Music is mainly a safe place to stick my music in the event of the house burning down or something.

        And All Access is just way too expensive. Particularly for a Google product. Yeah, music licensing is spendy, but iRadio at 25 bucks a year or ad-supported slays ten dollars a month.

      • Tony Mars

        Hi Kevin – Can you drag and drop music tracks within playlists on iOS yet? That was missing when we first tested the app in iOS but it was present in Android. Thanks – Tony