Are you a Google Play Music subscriber? The service is easy, intuitive, and feature-rich to begin with.
But there are plenty of Google Play Music features lying just beneath the surface, waiting to be discovered. Today, we’re helping you uncover those features with our list of 5 tips and tricks for Google Play Music.
5) Store All Your Music In One Place – Even If You’re Not a Subscriber
One of the best features of Google Play Music is accessible even to non-subscribers. You can store all of your music in Google Play long before you pay any subscription fee.
Whether your music is currently stored in iTunes or just some random folder on your computer, you can upload it to Google Play Music and access it any time you like.
All you need to do is download the Google Play Music Manager from here. That program will ask where your music is store don your computer. Then, it will continue monitoring that directory for any changes. So if you add new songs, then those songs will immediately appear in Google Play Music.
You can also upload individual tracks or folders to Google Play Music. Open the app, slide out from the left, then tap Upload music. Select a folder or files you want to upload.
4) Edit Track Listings to Clean Up Song Titles
I’ve uploaded a few tracks to Google Play Music that don’t appear the way I like them to appear. If your tracks have names that look like 03_Thunderstruck.mp3 and you want to clean them up, then you can do that in Google Play Music.
So far, I’ve only been able to do this on the Google Play Music web browser and it doesn’t appear to be accessible from the app. Find a song in your library, tap the three vertical dots beside the name, then click Edit Song.
There’s actually a “Use Suggestions” button that works extremely well. Google found the song I had uploaded and filled in the data with 100% accuracy. Good job, Google:
3) Automatically Download the Latest Three Podcast Episodes
Want to ensure your phone is always pre-loaded with podcasts? Select the “auto-download” option and you can always have the latest three episodes of your favorite podcasts available to be listened to.
This feature is only available on the Google Play Music app (after all, you’re downloading the podcasts onto that device). To access this feature, go to Podcasts > Your Podcasts then tap the three vertical lines beside your favorite podcast.
On the next menu, you’ll see a box pop up with Auto-download, Notifications, and Playback order. Tap the Auto-download option and Google Play Music will automatically download the latest three podcasts to your phone.
2) Start Radio Stations
Did you just find a new artist or genre you like? Try starting a playlist from that song or artist. You can find a number of radio stations from the main Google Play Music screen, most of which are based off of songs or artists you recently listened to.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been able to discover more new music through Google Play than I have through any other music platform.
The best part is you can start radio stations for pretty much anything. Just tap the three vertical lines beside something you like to get started.
1) Download Songs, Playlists, and Podcasts Offline
The only thing I don’t like about Google Play Music is that it sucks up an enormous amount of data. It seems like even when you just play 4 or 5 songs, you’ve burned through a few hundred megabytes of data.
Fortunately, there’s one easy way to avoid that problem: download everything offline. Google has made it very easy to enjoy Google Play Music offline. You can download your own songs onto your device or download playlists you’ve made.
But where Google Play Music really shines is when you can download brand new playlists or albums for offline use.
See a new album from that artist you like? Download it offline and enjoy it on your next road trip.
To download something offline, just tap the three vertical dots beside a song or playlist and click “Download”. Whether you have low data caps or you’re traveling in a place with no coverage, offline Google Play Music is a breeze.
Do you have any other Google Play Music tips? Share them in the comments section below.