Google Play Music Review

Store and listen to your entire music collection online

Google Play Music logo

Google

Google Play Music is a free music app that lets you upload your own music collection online so that you can stream it from wherever you are.

Login is quick with your existing Google account, and the app and website are both easy to use.

Google Play Music Compatibility

One way to use Google Play Music is through your web browser like a regular music streaming website. You can listen to songs there and upload files and whole folders of music straight from the browser page.

Google Play Music website with a list of songs

Music files you upload to your Google Play Music account can be as large as 300 MB each. The supported file types include MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, M4P, and M4A.

Google Play Music is also compatible with Android TV, Chromecast, and mobile devices. You can download the Google Play Music app for Android on Google Play or get it from iTunes for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).

Google Play Music Android app

More About Google Play Music

There's a lot to like about Google's music streaming service:

Pros

  • Plays your own music collection
  • Can store up to 50,000 songs
  • Supports building custom playlists
  • Works in dozens of countries
  • Up to 10 devices can be connected to your account
  • Can pay for access to unlimited songs
  • Can set up a family plan

Cons

  • Can't play music on multiple devices simultaneously

Following are some additional details about Google Play Music:

  • Your music can be played one at a time, in shuffle mode, and through playlists
  • Any song can instantly be added to the queue so you don't have to add it to a playlist, but the queue can also be built into a playlist of its own at any time
  • Selecting the thumbs up icon while listening will tell Google Play Music that you like a song, and that it should play more music like that from your library
  • Songs that you choose a thumbs up on will be gathered together into their own playlist automatically
  • The app supports full screen mode so you can access basic playback controls while seeing full album art
  • The songs in your library are automatically organized into the Artists, Albums, Songs, and Genres sections
  • All of your songs can be sorted by name, duration, artist, album, and the number of times you've listened to them
  • Google Play Music can be installed as an app for Chrome users so playback can be controlled straight from the desktop
  • Music can be added to your account by uploading them through the Google Play Music website (if you're using the Chrome browser) or through Music Manager on Windows (XP and above), Mac (OS X 10.5 and above), and Linux
  • The Music Manager program lets you download music from your Google Play Music account back to your computer, as well as upload music to your account from specified folders, in addition to particular playlists from iTunes or Windows Media Player
  • Music Manager can continually check for new songs that you add to your music folders so that they'll be automatically uploaded to your Google Play Music account
  • You can shop for more music by the artists in your collection
  • Music is sometimes free at Google Play, which you can find here

Thoughts on Google Play Music

Google Play Music is definitely the best place for listening to your own music while away from your computer. The ability to upload 50,000 songs means most people can store their entire collection online, creating both an easy way to stream your music but also a good backup solution.

The good thing about playing your own music is that you own it, so you aren't limited on how many songs you can skip. Most music streaming websites and apps limit how many times you can skip over a song because of license agreements, but such limits don't exist if you've purchased the music.

Music Manager is extremely handy. If you don't use the Chrome browser, and therefore can't upload songs through the website, you'll have to use the software. It lets you not only upload your music by track or playlist but also download your entire collection back to your computer.

Google Play Music Manager program

The options in Music Manager allow you to define whether you want all your music folders to automatically upload to your Google Play Music account, which is extremely helpful if you're constantly putting new songs on your computer. The program even lets you control bandwidth usage for uploads.

If you're looking for a way to store your music online and you don't want to purchase a subscription or pay for additional music, we highly recommend Google Play Music. However, if you're more interested in discovering new music that you don't have in your library, try a different service like Pandora.