More music in the cloud

You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music

Google just made its Play Music service a bit more appealing, even if you don’t use a Google Android phone. You can now upload 50,000 songs to your Google Play Music account at no charge; the previous limit was 20,000.

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[company]Google[/company] announced the storage boost in a blog post on Wednesday, pointing out that once your tunes are uploaded, you can stream or download them on Android devices, an [company]Apple[/company] iPad or iPhone, a Chromebook or from a computer via the browser. Music tracks can also be streamed through Google’s Chromecast device.

The increased storage is a noticeable jump over what Apple offers with its iTunes Match service. There you get 25,000 track uploads but you have to pay $24.99 a year to get them. And you can’t get at those tunes from anything other than iTunes or an Apple TV, so Android device owners need not apply.

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For a while, I was a fan of iTunes Radio, which is ad-free with an iTunes Match account, but later opted to use Google Play Music. The main reason? The portability. I have one foot firmly in both camps — that is, iOS and Android — and I prefer cross-platform services that work regardless of the device I’m using; including a smartwatch. It helps that Google recently made its Play Music app for iOS universal so that it has a true iPad interface now.

That’s just personal preference on my part though, and [company]Amazon[/company]’s own music storage is a worthy contender in this space too. Which of these (or other) cloud music services are you using to store your albums and why? Maybe you’ll convince me to reconsider my approach.

5 Responses to “You can now store 50,000 songs online with Google Play Music”

  1. Zsolt Szatmari

    Dear Gaurang, you are absolutely right. Managing and playing music in the browser is absolutely not desirable and inconvenient. That’s why I use Gear for Google Play and YouTube, which is a native music player for both Mac and iOS. You can find it on

    Disclaimer: I am the developer of the app. If you have any questions or suggestions, just let me know!

  2. Pacuraru Ovidiu

    I’d love to give it a try but Google Music tells me its only available in selected countries. I double checked and I am a citizen of a supported country, yet I cannot access it. HOW and where does it determin my country? Is it about my physical location or a setting somewhere?

    • Are you using a VPN?… If so, it could be that you’re being routed through an unsupported country. Try manually setting your route through a supported server/country.

  3. Music Streaming services are a mixed bag today. If you are an iPhone user, it is nice to be able to ask Siri to Play Music for you but you need to make sure you have the Music you want to listen to available from iTunes. That means either syncing the Music you want to listen to or using iTunes Match and Radio to store it all in the Cloud.

    If you use Android you won’t be able to use your iTunes Match Account but it is equally nice to be able to use Google Now to play all your Music from Google Play.

    If you are venturing into Smart Home Technology and find yourself the proud owner of an Amazon Echo it would be nice to simply ask Alexa to play your Music.

    The problem with all these scenarios is proprietary, platform specific technology that may or may not integrate with other services. Amazon is venturing more into integration with iHeart Radio and TuneIn and promising to integrate with Spotify later but there are still limitations today.

    If I want to buy an Amazon Echo, but already pay for iTunes Match I have to ask myself if it is worth it to pay for Amazon’s Cloud Music Service to get all my favorite Jams in both Apple and Amazon land.

    Nothing is perfect today but it is nice to have options.

  4. Gaurang Khetan

    For me, I am firmly into iOS, so a hardcore user of iTunes Match and iOS Radio. I can play in iTunes on macbook and on iTunes on my iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. And can purchase more music if I like and it automatically becomes part of iTunes match. The whole experience is seamless.

    If I were to move to Google Play Music, then I wouldnt be able to use iTunes on my macbook and would have to use the browser which is less desirable for me.
    Second, on my iPhone, the space used by music is automatically managed, not sure how the Google Play Music app on iOS does it.