How to Use Google Play Music on iPhone, iPad, iPod
Google Music was first released back in 2011, with later integration into Play Music on Google Play (shortened as Google Play Music) in 2012. Google Play Music keeps evolving and its new streaming service Google Play Music All Access came into fruition a few months ago. Let’s sum up what Google Play Music can do now.
- It allows you to upload your entire music library to its cloud for playback on any computers and ten devices.
- All Access offers a streaming service for up to 18 million tracks with a monthly fee of $9.99.
- It supports downloading songs for offline playback.
- It is a platform for music purchasing.
Google Play Music is only available both on the web and on Android. While Android users are enjoying this service, it becomes a problem for iOS users to get access to Google Play Music even though it was rumored that a Google Play Music iOS app will be launched in October, 2013 according to Engadget’ report. It is good to have an app for iOS users, but before that, let’s find some alternative ways to use Google Play music on an iPhone, iPad or iPod. If you want to use Google Play music offline, you can also find the solution here. This article will include two parts:
- Part1: Use Google Play Music Online on an iPhone, iPad or iPod
- Part 2: Use Google Play Music Offlline on an iPhone, iPad or iPod
Once you have uploaded your music library to Google Play Music through its Music Manager, all the music is stored in the cloud and can be synced to different computers and devices as long as the internet connection is available. The following is two different methods on how to use Google Play music on an iPhone, iPad or iPod online.
You can get access to Google Play Music on iOS through your mobile browser. Here is the simple guide.
Step 1: Open your mobile browser and visit play.google.com/music.
Step 2: Log into your Google account. If no, register one for free.
Step 3: Google Play Music will automatically sync all the songs in the account to your device.
Step 4: You can play the music in the library now. If you have subscribed to All Access, you can also stream up to 18 million tracks.
Compared to a web player, you may prefer to have an app installed on your iOS device, which is more convenient. Until now, Google hasn’t released an official one. While waiting for an official one to come, we can first turn to its alternative for help. gMusic is recommended for iOS devices and it also supports the Google Play Music All Access service. Even though it costs you $1.99, you can still have a try. Download the newest version of gMusic here and check out the detailed guide on how to use gMusic to listen to Google Play Music All Access.
Note: You can refer to another article here to know what other unofficial Google Play Music app for iOS you can use.
To use Google Play music and stream All Access online, you will need a large data package. So it will be a good idea if offline playback is available. Google Play Music allows you to do that. As there is no official app for iOS, you cannot download Google Play music directly to your device through the app. But you can first download Google Play music on the computer and then transfer to your iOS devices. Let’s see how to make it happen below.
Let’s see how to download your purchased music on Google Play Music and upload to your iOS devices like iPhone, iPad and much more.
Step 1: Launch a web browser to visit play.google.com/music. Log into your account and navigate to the Free and purchased playlist.
Step 2: Select the song you'd like to download and click the Menu>Download. Then you can get the music files.
Step 3: Plug in your devices to the Mac and manually transfer the music to your iOS devices.
Note: You can use the Music Manager for Mac to download the whole library on Google Play Music and do the transferring again. Just choose Download and then click Download my Library.
When you are streaming All Access music, you can also add the music to the library or playlists. If you haven’t purchased the music, you can only use the Music Manager for Mac to download All Access music. But when you stop subscribing to All Access, all the downloaded All Access music cannot be played anymore. Is there a way to download All Access music to iOS devices so that the music files can be kept forever? Yes, we have a solution for you. You can try the Wondershare AllMyMusic for Mac to download All Access music on Mac and then transfer to your iOS devices. The files are saved as MP3 and can be kept forever. Can’t wait to check it out? Let’s see how to use it below.
Step 1: Install this program on your Mac and launch it. You will find a red Record button on the top left. Press the button to get ready.
Step 2: Play All Access music on your Mac. As long as there is sound on your Mac, this program will start to record the sound.
Step 3: After the music is downloaded, select the music in the Library tab and click the Add to iTunes button on the bottom to add all the music to iTunes.
Step 4: Plug in your iOS devices and sync the downloaded All Access music from iTunes.
Update: Finally, the official app of Google Play Music lands on iTunes for iOS users to download and enjoy on Nov. 15th. All the functions are similar to Google Play Music on Android except that there is no option fro purchasing music. You can download the app here to have a try.