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Google Play Music is arguably the best music player on Android What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? What Is the Best Way to Stream Music for Free on Android? There are a ton of free music-streaming apps for Android, but how are they different and which is your best option? Read More , and carries a lot of features to match this reputation. Whether you listen to custom radio stations for free or pay for all-access music, there’s something to love about the service.

However, there’s another feature that you might be neglecting completely. Using the Google Play Music Manager for Windows and Mac, you can upload up to 50,000 of your own music tracks to access from any other device.

The application is dead-simple to use: just install it, open, and sign into your Google account. Then, browse to the folder where your music is stored — you can point to multiple locations, if you have music from multiple sources (such as iTunes and Windows Media Player).

Then, just wait for the music to be uploaded, and you can access it from any Android/iOS device using the Play Music app, or a browser when signed into your account.

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You gain a few benefits by doing this: you don’t have to bother using a cable to manually copy music to your phone from your PC, and since you’re streaming the music on your phone it won’t take up storage space — though you can save it for offline listening.

Additionally, the app automatically uploads new music placed into the folders you tell it to monitor.

Music Manager allows you to have your own little music cloud, and is a great supplement to all-access plans like Spotify or Play Music Unlimited if you already own a lot of music.

Note that if you are using a Chromebook (or just Chrome), you can upload using the Google Play Music for Chrome extension; we’ve covered how to upload using this method Use Your Browser To Upload To Google Play Music Use Your Browser To Upload To Google Play Music Google just decided to make Google Play Music a lot more useable. The following Chrome extension will change the way you can make use of Google Play Music for good. Read More if you’re interested.

Not interested in Play Music? Check out how Spotify wants to replace your music collection Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify is no longer content to just compete with radio, now they're competing with the idea of even owning music. Read More .

Have you uploaded music with Google Play Manager? What service do you use for your music listening? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Andy Betts
    February 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I've been giving it another try recently. I'd never used it much before because I needed a desktop app rather than using the browser. I found Radiant player for Mac, which works really well.

  2. Belur Vijayakumar
    January 25, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    i donot use because it is not available in my country India, and it is a shame

  3. ML
    January 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I tried, I really did.
    But Google Play Music service and software are complicated and confusing.
    Why should I bother to install another piece of software on my desktop?! (Music Manager). M3U playlists never appeared in my Google Play Music apps, in Chrome or the Android app. Even using the Music Player for Google Drive web app requires me to "add" my music there. Seriously?!
    The whole handling of music by Google is a mess! Google is not interested in providing tools that make sense, just in selling you music
    Since my desktop music is synced to the Google Drive, on my Android devices I use a Google Drive sync app and a 3rd party musc player app - simple and does what I want.

  4. John L
    January 22, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    A long time ago when the function first became available it allowed you to put 25,000 of your songs on there which I did. Unfortunately what was organised on my computer has come out a complete mess on Google Play Music with hundreds of tracks/albums marked as unknown. The result is that it is practically unusable and I don't use it. Actually looking for a way to delete all the tracks off of Google if you know how to do that?.
    This is not a knock at Google as numerous other music players do the same, obviously the way I have tracks/albums organised on my computer is not compatible with some music players. Bit frustrating as I can find any track/album I like on the computer and they are all labelled but somehow when they get transferred all the relevant info is stripped/not transferred so the result is a mess.

    • AG
      January 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Google Music -> Settings -> Delete My Library

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Sorry to hear this, and thanks for the solution, AG. I like music to be "just so" too (with the right album art and such) so I understand how annoying it is when this gets messed up for no reason.

    • Coby Heise
      January 25, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Speaking of which, any comments on good programs to use that automatically label/ID/auto-download-album-cover-art songs so they're more likely to display and be identified correctly on most hardware (Sansa, Creative, Cowon, etc) and software music players? Many of mine similarly get marked as "unknown" on Google Play Music, or more frustratingly, show up in sorted menus incorrectly (eg. on my Sansa Clip+ and in Media Monkey, some songs show up as "Artist-Name - Song Name" while the rest show up as just "Song Name"). I've used Media Monkey to try and auto-correct tags and download album art, but with varied success. Perhaps I'm using MM somewhat incorrectly.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hey Coby,

      Check out these couple or articles on the subject. If they're not what you're looking for, let me know and I'll pass this on as an article idea to the team.

      http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-ultimate-guide-to-fixing-your-music-collection/

      http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-fantastic-tools-to-manage-your-massive-mp3-collection/

  5. Maxwell Banks
    January 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    If i like play music from google cloud, only work with wifi, not work with only LTE .... Is a big mistake... because, I like use outdoor, when I have Wifi use my Notebook :)

  6. Mswope
    January 22, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I prefer Amazon Music. I can buy things on Amazon, it automagically downloads it for me onto my pc into my iTunes folder (legacy iPod for my brain-damaged car entertainment system) and makes things available on the Android App. I found Google too hard to manage and use, which may seem petty until you thing about the fact that I don't WANT to manage things, I want to listen to the darned music I want...

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      I can understand that, since working with an older iPod across ecosystems could be a pain. It's not for everyone :)

  7. John
    January 22, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Because it's not available where I live.

  8. Judah Richardson
    January 21, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I don't use it because it doesn't have Last.fm support. Also, the track upload limit means it isn't a scalable solution.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      I'm not into Last.FM but I can see how that would be a must-needed feature for some.

      Actually, they raised the track limit. I think it was 20,000 a year or so ago, but now it's 50,000. They could raise it again. Do you have even close to 50,000 tracks, just out of curiosity?

  9. Eric
    January 21, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Google Music...
    ...Manager only uploads, it doesn’t synchronise 2-way
    ...makes it fiddly to start playing tracks from a genre in random order, which is what i prefer almost all the time on any device (was easy back before the orange/white redesign)
    ...buffers annoyingly. One of the big reasons I like a local copy of my library, hence importance of 2-way sync

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      It's certainly not for everyone, and isn't meant to sync both ways. But I understand your point on its shortcomings. What do you use instead?

    • Eric
      January 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Currently I store my 16 GB of music in OneDrive so I can sync it with any PC I like, and I use OneSync (2-way) to extend the same to my Android devices. I then use Mediamonkey to play and manage my library as I see fit).

      Seems to work well, and affords me much more control and choice.

      [Side note: I actually use OneDrive for most of my documents, notes (OneNote notebooks) ebooks, music and a bunch of portable apps (including Calibre, Mediamonkey, Notepad++ and more). And all this is on encrypted drives, backed up locally and to the cloud.]

  10. Sean
    January 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I have my fairly extensive music collection on Google Music; I use it pretty heavily but I really wish there were more options for tweaking the UI.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      For as customizable as Android is, many of Google's apps aren't. That's a good point.

  11. Danny
    January 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I already have my 2,000+ songs on my phone. I am OCD and I use folders/directories to manage my music. I also listen to audiobooks and they're usually arranged by folder as well. And Google Play Music player does not play tracks by folder. Many decent media players support that very basic feature.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      I never thought about that feature. If you need everything to be just so, I guess another player would be the best choice for you. Which do you use?

  12. fcd76218
    January 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    "Why Aren’t You Taking Full Advantage of Google Play Music?"
    Because it's from Google.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      If that's enough reason for you not to use it, I hope you have another similar service to take advantage of!

  13. Sam
    January 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    The ability to upload your own music is by far the best reason to have Google Music.

    • MikeSK
      January 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Couldn't agree more.

    • Shafiq Khan
      January 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Likewise!

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Sounds like you guys agree with me! This really is a great perk that helps you integrate all that music you bought years ago, even if you ripped it from old CDs.

  14. GodSponge (EB)
    January 21, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I have to say that I prefer Amazon Music for streaming. Though that is probably because I buy my music from Amazon.

    For local playback I use RocketPlayer and iSyncr to make sure that I can sync playcounts, ratings, and playlists that rely on those, properly with my PC.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      I've heard good things about Amazon Music, and that makes sense if you're integrated into their ecosystem. Sounds like you're covered with Google Play Music! :)

    • GodSponge (EB)
      January 24, 2016 at 2:19 am

      If you mean google play music covers syncing playcounts, ratings and playlists, it in fact does not sync that data. It may UPLOAD those things, but it doesn't sync.

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