Google’s Play Music app is a big deal in the Android world and it is getting bigger by the day. The folks over at Android Police recently noticed that Play Music shot past the 500 million download mark in Google Play, putting the app in very select company.
Only Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and a selection of other Google apps have crossed the 500 million threshold. While impressive, that 500 million download number doesn’t necessarily mean there are 500 million active users, as the statistic counts total downloads and not current users.
Google Music is something of a hybrid service that’s one part music storage locker—storing your music collection in the cloud for anywhere, everywhere streaming—and one part subscription streaming service. In addition, Play Music can access any files stored locally on your device’s Music folder.
Google’s music player shot past that mark just recently to join the likes of Google Chrome, Hangouts, and Google+ in the 500+ million club.