Updated on December 10, 2021
Google Play Music is Google’s music store and player for the web and Android devices. One perk of Google Play Music is that users can upload their music collection to their Play Music account for free. Songs are matched to existing songs on Google Play; if a match isn’t made, the file gets uploaded. The songs are available in 320kpbs CBR MP3s.
Google’s recently changed the maximum number of songs one can upload, increasing the limit from 20,000 to 50,000 songs. While it was a good deal before, it’s an even better deal now. In comparison, Amazon allows 250 free song uploads to Amazon Music, though paying for a music subscription increases that to 250,000.
I use Google Play Music to keep a copy of my own collection in the “cloud,” where easily access it from all of my devices. Yes, there’s much hype about how subscription streaming audio and not actually owning music is “the future.” However, there’s still a lot of us with music collections. Of course, Play Music charges for its own Spotify-like subscription service that provides additional features. And there’s nothing against using a mix of music services, which is what I do.