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How to Use Google Play Music to Upload and Stream Songs from Android or iPhone

Avatar of Joan Agie By Joan Agie Oct13,2022
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Google Play Music is among the top streaming services available for both iOS and Android devices. The ability to stream your music library for free to any device while uploading up to 50,000 of your personal songs to Google’s servers may be its best feature.

Exporting your music library is the step to take first, not minding whether you choose the free or paid edition of Google Play Music. This is why in this guide, we’ll demonstrate how to transfer MP3s and other music files from your PC. We’ll also walk you through migrating to Google Play Music from Apple Music or Spotify. 

How to Use Google Play Music to Upload and Stream Songs from Android or iOS Devices

Even though it may initially appear difficult, we’re sure you’ll find the process incredibly simple if you just follow this guide step by step.

How Does Google Play Music Work?

You’ll typically be able to upload up to 50,000 of your own music collection to Google’s servers with Google Play Music, then stream your collection for free on any device.

If you wanted to go all out, you could also merge your collection with Google’s enormous music database of millions of songs by subscribing to Google Play Music Unlimited. By doing this, Google will provide you with YouTube Red at no additional cost, and Play Music will use the music you submit as a reference when recommending other tunes from its streaming radio service.

How Do I Transfer My Music Files to Google Play Music?

This process is easy, we’ve provided the instructions you’ll need below. Note that you must have a Google Account in order to use Google Play Music. If you have an existing one, you can skip the first step, but for those who don’t, let’s go over it quickly.

Step 1: Go to this page to get started. From there, select “create your Google Account” from the header that reads “Make a new account,” then you’ll need to complete the form on the following page. These specifics will be verified on the page bottom.

After you’ve taken care of that, you might want to think about subscribing to Google Play Music Unlimited. If you only want to stream your current collection of music from the cloud, you don’t need this service. However, if you want to “mix in” unlimited streaming radio with your own music, you should create an Unlimited account.

Step 2: Google has provided a number of ways for you to upload your current music to Google Play Music because they are aware that not everyone manages their music collection in the same manner. You can upload your library through one of the methods we’ve described below.

Use Music Manager

If all of your music is now kept on your Mac or Windows PC, the first option is your best bet. Start by downloading Google’s useful Music Manager program, with which you’ll be able to automatically transfer up to 50,000 of your own tunes.

Once you’ve downloaded Music Manager, launch the EXE (for Windows devices) or DMG (for Mac) file to launch the installer, then sign in with the Google account you made in Step 1 after downloading Music Manager. When you arrive at the page that asks “Where do you save your music collection?”, you’ll need to inform Music Manager about where to find your music files. You’ll be able to do this by adhering to the installer’s “Upload songs to Google Play” instructions.

Choose “My Music folder” (if you’re using Windows) or “Music folder” (on Mac) if your computer’s default location for your music collection is at that location. Choose “iTunes” if your library is stored there instead. If not, choose “Other directories” and then use the file picker that appears to choose the primary folder where your music is kept.

Music Manager will search for and automatically upload compatible files (MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAAC, or M4A) to the cloud once you’ve decided where to store your music library. Ensure that you keep  Music Manager open until the progress bar reaches 100% because the process can take a while.

Use Google Chrome

Google will allow you to upload your music using Google Chrome if you’d want to do so in smaller, more manageable parts. You’ll need to download the extension for Google Play Music Chrome after first signing into Chrome using the Google account you intend to use for music streaming. After doing so, access Google Play Music on the web, then click the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner and choose “Upload music.”

Open your music collection in Windows Explorer or the Finder application on a Mac from there, and then drag & drop files to upload. To pick what you upload by hand, click “Select from your computer” instead. Wait until the upload is complete before quitting Chrome or the Google Play Music tab after selecting any tracks or folders.

Importing Playlists from Apple Music or Spotify

You’re in luck if you want to move your Spotify or Apple Music library. You can very easily import your Apple Music or Spotify playlists into Google Play Music using a fantastic tool called Stamp. Since this feature doesn’t really import any audio files into your library, Google Play Music Unlimited is the best option for using it. Instead, it moves whatever playlists or stations you’ve made on one streaming radio provider to another.

You should keep in mind however that stamp comes with a price. You must pay a one-time cost of $9.99 to use Stamp to move playlists across platforms (such as from Spotify to Google Play Music). You may use Stamp across all platforms for $14.99 if you want to import playlists from multiple services into Google Play Music.

Choose the service you’re importing from, followed by the service you’re importing to, after installing the program on your smartphone, Mac, or PC. Finally, simply select the playlists you wish to import, and Google Play Music will have them ready for you.

Step 3: Following the upload process via any of the methods we’ve described above, you’ll be able to listen to your collection on your computer or through the Google Play Music app for Android or iOS devices.

The tracks you’ve uploaded will be accessible from within the apps in the Library tab. Simply hit the “Library” button at the bottom to accomplish this on iOS. Select “Library” from the side navigation menu on Android by swiping in from the left or touching the hamburger icon. Similar functionality is provided by the desktop interface, however, you’ll see the menu located further to the left.

Summarily, this guide will help you take advantage of different simple methods to move all your favourite music to Google Play Music. Follow the instructions carefully, and you should be able to get it done easily.

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