Google Play Music Version 7.9 Adds Search history and Notification Channels

There’s a new version of Google Play Music rolling out to users this afternoon, but the changes aren’t terribly noticeable if you aren’t looking for them. Hidden away in the Settings screen is a shortcut to view your music search history, and buried away in the system settings is a set of new notification channels so you can customize just how much Play Music interrupts you. A teardown also suggests audiophiles can look forward to some even more precise sounds coming from some tracks in the future.

Most people aren’t aware that Google provides a page dedicated to giving users to see a pretty extensive list of their activities on various services. A few apps now provide links into this interface, and now Play Music joins the fold. The latest update includes a new link in the Settings screen that opens up a reverse chronological list of your music searches going back to roughly November 2015 – that’s where mine stopped, at least.

Each entry in the list includes the date and time of the search, and they can be individually deleted; you know, just in case you’d rather forget the time when Carly Rae Jepson was popular. There is also a link to the search, but it somewhat ironically just returns to the Play Music app without actually launching a search. That will probably be fixed in the next update.

The web interface doesn’t appear to have this same shortcut anywhere within easy reach, but if you’d like to peruse your history without hopping over to the app, here’s the link.

Notification Channels

Every week or two another Google app gains proper support for Android O’s notification channels, and it’s Play Music’s turn to hop aboard. This update adds five separate channels, including: Account issues/updates, Content updates, Downloads, Playback, and Purchase updates.

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If you’ve never been too keen on any of these types of notifications, it’s a good time to make some adjustments to priority or turn them off completely.