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How to Upload Music to Google Play

How to Upload Music to Google Play

Take advantage of Google’s free music hosting service and store up to 20,000 songs in the cloud so that you can access them anywhere, anytime with anyone.

Ever since musical went digital way back in 1999, access and portability have been the biggest issues for music fans. Just as you couldn’t lug around all your favorite CDs, tapes, and LPs, it was and still is a bit tricky to lug around music libraries that range from just a few GBs to over half a TB in size. It can also be a bit tricky to access your digital music collection, and unless you do a bit of pre-planning you’re more than likely going to be limited to  whatever your iPod or other portable media player can hold.

The cloud has changed all that. Now you can store and access your music online without having to worry about access and portability issues. It’s always there waiting for you.

Of the free cloud music services out there none, in my opinion, is better that Google Play. With it you can store up to  20,000 of your own songs for free! There’s no worrying about having to pay for storage, and you can enjoy your music collection from virtually anywhere where there’s Internet access.

Add your music collection from your desktop media players like iTunes and Windows Media Player or by individual music folders.  By storing your music in the cloud you can listen on the web and your mobile devices without the hassle of wires.

So how does it work?

First off, you need a Google account if you don’t already have one. Login to your Google account and navigate to “Play” and select the “Upload Music” tab.

Next select “Download Music Manager.” Music Manager is the program you’ll be using to upload music to Google Play. Install and then open Music Manager using your Google login credentials.

To make it easy we’ll cover how to add individual folders. As you can see, in the default “Upload” tab you can add or remove individual folders. Check the box if you want it to monitor those same folders for any new songs that you might add in the future.

Want to download your uploaded tracks? Select the “Download” tab and “Download my library.” This makes Google Play a useful backup option in case you lose your music library to system or hardware failure and theft.

Depending on your bandwidth connection you’re also going to want to adjust what you make available for Music Manager to use. In the “Advanced” tab select from Fastest possible, Fast, Medium, Slow, and Slowest.

When you’re done configuring Music Manager select “Apply” and “Ok.”

That’s all it takes to put your music library in the cloud and give you virtually unrestricted access to your music. If you have more than one Gmail account you can also surpass the 20,000 song cap by splitting it into two or three, or break it up by genre so that one has nothing but Hip Hop music, for example.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus

Does the Google Play Music Manager allow you to rip cds?

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