Google Play music on an iPhone

If you make music purchases from Google Play can you later transfer those songs to an iPhone?

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 10, 2014 at 11:01

Can you transfer Google Play music bought tracks later to an iPhone or iPad? I betcha.... The thing is, though....

OMG... I have a HTC One M8 now and again. I have used iTunes and a good dozen of other
online music stores for years. So, I really felt no need to use Google Play Music. After all, it's very easy to sync your iTunes library to an Android device, or to drag and drop files from your PC's music folder to an Android device. Plus: there is not shortage of Android music apps - from 7Digital to what-not..
Anyhoo. The other day I thought, f*ck it - I give Google Play Music a chance. Bought a couple of songs. Listened once. Done. Next day I thought, hey, lets listen again... Only, I had no 3G nor WiFi. So: nope. Turns out I bought two songs and listened to them, but they hadn't downloaded. So, I waited until I was back on WiFi. Took me a while to figure out how to actually download the songs I BOUGHT TO M Y device... Google clearly wants you to stream and use the cloud. Anyway: Eventually I had apparently managed to download the 2 songs - I was able to play them offline, in airplane mode. So: yay. That was an easy half hour wasted for 2 songs... BUT: Here's the thing: I have the HTC Music Player. Why should I use a 2nd music player app? Why have two apps? So, I open the HTC Music Player where all my local tracks are ready for use. Only: the music player doesn't find the 2 Google Play songs that
I P A Y E D F O R and DOWNLOADED. I refreshed the library. Still nothing.
I open the file manager: cannot find the 2 tracks. I reopen the Google Play Music app, and there they are... Long story short: 2 months later, I still do not know where those tracks are hiding. Connected to PC/Mac...various 3rd party file managers, online how-tos... NO F*CKING clue.
Next: I read somewhere that one can only download Google Play songs twice. EVER. If true (and at this point I really do not care), that is so very 1999... Isn't it?

Also" I just now found a how-to on Google's own support pages for Play Music. A link they spewed up when I looked for "download Google Play songs to your PC"... - turns out that "how-to" describes how to UPLOAD my PC music to Google's Cloud. NOT how to download...
So, no - I'm not installing that program, thanks.

I'm sure there is a very straight forward solution. Definitely. Has to be. Because, how else would Google Play be so popular, RIGHT?. So, I'm definitely at fault.

But you know what? I don't care. Google doesn't want me to find (out about) stuff? Cool, search-masters. Real cool. I stick with iTunes.
iTunes even has an app to access my 2 Google Play songs....

This is all, of course, wink, nudge, satire. But I still don't know where my 2 Google Play Music tracks are hiding. It's like magic.

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 11, 2014 at 09:21

You can listen to Google Play songs anywhere, but you cannot actually get a hold on those songs and copy or share them. You would need to use Google Music app to listen to purchased songs, as no other player will see them.
iDevices have Google Music, so you will have no problems listening to songs, but not using build-in iDevice player.

You can set to automatically sync all songs when device on WiFi or songs will download as you listen to them. It will not download entire song, only part that you listening to. Very efficient in terms of data usage, but not very good if you don't have signal.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:24

Ah... phew... glad you say that. How stupid :D


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