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Google Starts Killing Google Play Music Everywhere, Including on Android Auto - autoevolution
Google has started the demise of Google Play Music, the application that the company planned to kill off by the end of this year and whose users it’s trying to migrate to YouTube Music.
More specifically, some of those who are trying to launch Google Play Music today are no longer able to do so, as the application fails with a generic error that informs the service has been retired.“Google Play Music is no longer available. You can still transfer your library, including playlists and uploads, for a limited time,” the error that shows up on the screen when launching the app reads. By the looks of things, the application is now showing this message on all platforms out there, including Android, which means that running it on Android Auto is no longer possible either. But on the other hand, worth emphasizing is that not everybody is getting the aforementioned error, which is an indication that the closure of Google Play Music takes place in stages. Google has remained tight-lipped on this phased retirement of Play Music, but the company did announce that the app is supposed to go dark by the end of the year. The search giant’s recommended service for Google Play Music is YouTube Music, no matter if they previously used the app on a mobile phone or in the car. For Android Auto users, the switch to YouTube Music has been quite a challenge, as the service originally didn’t allow them to access their existing libraries that contained tracks purchased from Google Play Music without a subscription. This meant that users had to pay twice for the same music, and this has caused quite a public backlash against YouTube Music. Earlier this week, however, Google silently added a free tier to YouTube Music on Android Auto, allowing users to listen to their existing songs without the need for a subscription.
Camaro ZL1 1LE vs. Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe: Is German Muscle Worth It? - autoevolution
America owns the muscle car for sure, but there's one German manufacturer who also seems to appreciate putting too much power to the wheels. That's Mercedes, and their AMG C63 S is everybody's idea of a V8 powerhouse they can afford.
BMW and Audi tried the small V8 coupe thing for a while but dropped it after only a few years. Only AMG kept sticking the biggest V8s inside its C 63 (and C 55). Compared to other AMG models, this bad boy is pretty affordable to buy and delivers a lot of performance for the money. Maintenance isn't that "exotic" either, provided it's within the warranty period. However, that kind of money can also get you a raw muscle car, like the 2020 Camaro ZL1 1LE. We feel a comparison review coming our way. Canadian reviewers TheStraightPipes put the C 63 S Coupe against the ultimate Camaro, comparing the experience they offer. In terms of raw output, the ZL1 1LE outclasses its German rival with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8. But the 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of the twin-turbo AMG 4.0-liter V8 is nothing to mock. The Canadian duo starts things off with a drag race, which is unusual for them. According to them, putting down the power of the ZL1 is impossible, and the C 63 is faster. We're not sure if everybody is going to believe that. Being a muscle car, the ZL1 wins in the sound department, but the 1LE package also gives it that "wow" exterior styling. You really can't find a stock car with more aero than this, while the AMG only has some discreet skirts and spoilers. How can they put this much carbon fiber on the car for just $75,000? So in the end, the C 63 is still like a muscle car, but also a good daily driver with a luxury interior. Yes, a German V8 can be worth the money.
2020 Audi RS6 Avant Drag Races Porsche 911 Turbo S, quattro Gets Annihilated - autoevolution
Besides being made by German manufacturers and offering some level of performance, the Audi RS6 Avant and Porsche 911 don't have a lot in common. So we never expected to see a drag race between the two.
No matter what the outcome of this race might be, we're still going to like the RS6. It's something new for Americans, and we really hope some of them can put a $110,000 wagon on the road. The AMG E63 is nice, but the quattro has edges in all the right places.The 911, meanwhile, is an official car for the 60-year-old plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills. We wouldn't say it's pretentious in the same way as a Lamborghini, but it certainly has an "I'm better than you" thing going on. But let's find out if that's actually the case with a nice drag race. Take into consideration that this isn't your average 911 either, not that those are slow. No, this pleasant-looking convertible is the 911 Turbo S, featuring the best flat-six turbocharged technology around. More specifically sports convertible from Stuttgart has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 572 hp (don't trust the Germans if they say 580) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm), pushed to all wheels via a PDK gearbox. As you can probably tell by the taillights, this is a slightly older model, the kind that was in production from 2015 to 2018. In the other black corner, we have the all-new 2020 RS6 Avant with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making 591 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) delivered to the quattro system via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even though it's one of the most powerful Audis ever, this keeps losing drag races over and over again, most notably against a Lamborghini Urus recently. This time, the Audi is the heavier car, by over 900 lbs. Anybody who knows a thing about Porsches expects it to win.