One of the standout features of Google Play Music, which received a lot less attention than it should have, was the “Shared with Me” playlist that existed on the desktop version of the service.
The playlist featured music that one’s connections on Google+ chose to share with their circles, including one free play of purchased music. Here’s what Google has to say about the feature:
Don’t keep good music to yourself. Share a free play of the songs and albums you’ve purchased on Google Play with your friends on Google+. They can share their purchases with you too. Forget the name of that song shared with you last week? No problem, you can find all of the music shared with you in your ‘Shared with me’ auto playlist.
The playlist appeared in the desktop interface of Google Play Music, and was also available at this URL.
Unfortunately, that URL now redirects to the standard web player, and the link to the playlist has disappeared completely. Is this feature going away altogether?
On the one hand, we still have hope since Google mentions it on the official description page for Google Play Music. On the other hand, this could be a case of Google removing a feature silently, and just not getting around to updating all of its documentation yet. This could also be another casualty in Google’s quest to de-emphasize Google+.
Will you miss this feature if it really is gone forever?