How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook

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The Chrome operating system can play MP3 and m4a audio files, but you must download them to your Chromebook's limited storage drive or store them externally on a thumb drive or SD card.  There's another option: stream them through Google Play Music.  Before you start listening, you'll need to upload your music to the service. Here's how.

Upload Your Music to Google Play Music

1. Navigate to google.com/music on the PC that has your music files stored locally. You’ll be prompted to download Google Play’s music manager.image 1971981517001798

2. Install musicmanager.dmg (or exe on a PC) via the onscreen instructions and activate by clicking Next.
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3. Drag Music Manager to Applications.screen shot 2018 01 26 at 4.00.31 pm

4. Open Music Manager.

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5. Click Open.

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6. Click Continue.image 1971981517002065

 

7. Sign into your Google account.image 1971981517002115

8. Click Continue. image 1971981517002161

9. Select where you keep your music and press Continue.

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10. Select your whole library or specific songs, and decide if you want podcasts and click Continue.

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11. Pick an option for future songs.
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12. Wait patiently while your music files upload in the background, and click Go to music player. Depending on the number of files, this process could take some time. If your computer shuts down, the upload process will begin automatically when the system restarts. Double-click on the golden headphone logo in the system tray to check progress.

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You're now ready to play online from any Web-connected device, including your Google Chrome OS Chromebook (more instructions below).

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Access Music on Your Chrome OS Chromebook

1. To play your songs, launch Google Play Music from the start menu icon in the Task Bar.

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Your music files appear organized by album cover, but you can also sort by artist or song titles, create new playlists, listen by Last Added, select favorite tracks or create a spontaneous queue.

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3 comments
  • Simon Says:

    Hi.

    It does have a audio player built in.

  • Kenneth Butler, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer Says:

    Good catch, Lee Matthews. We've updated this tip. Thanks!

  • Lee Mathews Says:

    Are you sure about that first statement? I've got my Samsung Chromebook offline right now, and I'm playing back some Rancid MP3s from an SD card using what looks an awful lot like a built-in audio player.

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