Google on Wednesday announced that its Google Play Music service will now let users upload up to 50,000 personal songs. Up 250% from its previous allotment of 20,000, the feature works for both paid and free accounts. Indeed, you can take all of that music you’ve got on CD’s and hard drives and put them in the Google cloud. Once there, you can access them from a variety of platforms including Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. What’s more, you can also stream your songs to a Chromecast.
Here’s how you can store your music online today:
- Sign in to Google Play Music – Go to your computer and visit play.google.com/music. Sign in with your Google account if needed.
- Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try our subscription service too, click “Get Started.” Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage.
- Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding our Chrome app, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders.
- Access your music everywhere – You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer. And best of all, when you upgrade to a new computer or phone, your music comes along, too.
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What seemed like the solution of various problems with syncing music across my devices turned out not being flawless.
Google doesn’t support the upload of lossless files (especially aiff and wav) turning Play Music down as an option for people who take music quality seriously.
If they add the feature of uploading lossless files in the future (come on guys, shouldn’t be too hard) this could be a great way to have your music library in the cloud.
The only option I get when following the instructions was a monthly subscription service.
Android guy is only partially correct. It’s only free for 30 days then $9.99/month. I know, details.
The song count went up from 20,000 to 50,000 that is 2.5x the original but it is an increase of 150% not 250% as stated in the text! Easy mistake to make!
I got a free 6-month subscription to the full service as a Sonos promotion, and it worked flawlessly. Just point it to your music collection and it uploads the lot to the cloud for streaming or downloading to any device, synching your library seamlessly in the background from that point onwards. It uses analysis of your music collection to stream similar artists, genres etc., presenting thumbs up or down options to approve or reject its choices and facilitate greater selection accuracy in the future.
I’ve downgraded last month to the free service, when the pay subscription expired, so I’m now only able to listen to my own collection. But I’m saving nearly 100gb of backup storage with it all secured in the cloud, and that’s over a month of playback 24/7. It even recognises my Sonos system and offers to divert playback to that instead of my tablet or phone when in range.
Sure there are some imperfections. Lossless files like those in flac format are excluded, so you’re restricted to the likes of 320kb mp3 or aac files. Maybe that will change in time as cloud storage capacities increase and the broadband/4G infrastructure improves sufficiently to make such a service both practical and free, but as most collections currently fall into the latter types it’s a viable solution for the overwhelming majority of users – particularly those stuck with just 8 or 16 gig of onboard phone storage.
If you have a gmail account you already have the Google Play Music option, and if for no better reason than to back up your music collection for free its worth exploring. In fact, its so smooth and user friendly that I still use it today in preference to a 12- month subscription to the similar service Deezer, which I got free as another Sonos promotion in December. Yes, it’s that good ☺
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