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Weekend Project: Try Google Music cloud streaming outside the US


After improving your battery life, getting you printing and making / saving money with your Android phone, it's time for another Weekend Project. This weekend, by request, i'm showing you how to try out Google Music cloud streaming, even if you are outside the US.

There are two aspects to the Google Music service. The first is the cloud streaming aspect. Google offers free storage for 20,000 songs from your personal music library in the cloud which can then be played via your browser, phone or tablet. A PC client helps you either upload songs to the cloud from specified folders or from iTunes to Google. This service is officially US only, but with a little bit of trickery can be made to work wherever you are. The second Google Music offering is purchasing music - unfortunately, if you are outside the US you can't use this!

Actually getting started is pretty simple - you need one thing to do so - a way to sign up from a US IP address. Google Music doesn't validate whether you are using a US Google account, whether you are playing music inside the US or anything like that, but it DOES check you are in the US one time at signup. If you hit up http://music.google.com from outside the US, you will get a message saying that the service is not available.

The solution to this? Temporarily using a VPN! When I signed up, I used the PrivateInternetAccess VPN service that is free to MoDaCo Plus members and it worked great, but free services are available, such as HideIPVPN (which has a 3 hour trial, more than enough!) or the very popular Hotspot Shield. After connecting to your VPN service, visit http://music.google.com, enter your Google credentials and you're signed up. Your VPN requirement is finished with, you can then disconnect.

After signing up, the next task is to get some music into the cloud. You'll see a prominent link to download 'Music Manager' - this is the tool that handles keeping your cloud library and your local library in sync. It works very well, although remember that the initial upload of your music may take quite a while!

Finally, you need the latest Google Play Music client for your device. This can be found here in the Play Store, but you might find that you are unable to install to your device due to 'country incompatibility'. If this is the case you have 2 options. The easiest one is just to download and install the APK manually, i've uploaded it for you at http://mdc.gd/gpmapk - you can type that into your phone's browser. The other option is to install MarketAccess, use it to set your phones region to the US and then install as normal from the Play Store but, of course, that's a bit more complicated.

So you've signed up, you've uploaded some music and you've installed the Android client? You're ready to go! Although music is streamed from the cloud, you can also tag favourite albums / tracks for storage offline for listening when you have no Internet connection.

Enjoy! :)

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Thank you for this guide! I just did it and it worked very well! :)
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Or just use TunnelBear to make it look like you are using a US ip
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UsedHideIPVPN's free trial and it couldn't have been simpler. Cheers for the write up!
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Trying to setup from my device using both hotspot shield and hideipvpn and get nothing from both. Not quite sure why when the inbuilt software should cover it

Edit: Done :)
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It's been a few hours and it's not uploading anything. I don't understand why.
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It says "your internet connexion is down or you are connected to a proxy". Anyone is getting that when they hit the troubleshooter?
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Still getting this error but it's uploading now.

I'm really loving the music player. The possibility to edit/delete everything in the cloud like you want to is very nice!
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Absolutely great service that I would recommend to everyone! Can't fathom why Google haven't made it available in the UK yet...
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diggerbucket
Sep 29 2012 02:04 PM
Absolutely brilliant, worked a treat, thanks!

Gonna take about 6 days non-stop to upload everything though!
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From Canada I use this on all my Androids, Google TV too!!!
With a VPN and a US credit card I can purchase music on too!!!

Thanks Paul.
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Tried with TunnelBear and it didn't work. However HideIPVPN worked a charm.

Shame you can't upload from a Linux box....

As to why its not available in the UK, I assume the BPI can't agree with Google.
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Absolutely superb, worked like a charm, thank you. Easy thing to do when you get shown how,uploaded all the music files that i wanted to upload overnight,happy as a pig in....
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diggerbucket
Sep 30 2012 07:40 PM
Still uploading, and plenty to go yet.... it's at times like this the disparity between download and upload speeds on ADSL becomes evident...
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Haha, yes indeed!

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Re: Google Music on Linux. I take back what I said earlier... http://www.omgubuntu...music-on-ubuntu
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Awesome!!!

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Quick question before I try this awesome tutorial :D

If I already have a song on my Galaxy Nexus and then uploaded it to the cloud to say listen to it on my Nexus 7, how would it react on the Galaxy Nexus?? would there be a duplicate? :wacko:

Thanks in advance for any help :)
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Well, a duplicate yes, but only one physically on your device?

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Well, that was just a rhetorical question :blush:

I actually was asking because I have like 2,000 songs right now in my Galaxy Nexus and would like to upload only some of them to the cloud and use it on the Nexus 7 exclusively while keeping my physical library in the GNex since we don't have that great coverage here in my country so streaming would be less practical for the GNex but helpful giving the limited capacity of the Nexus 7..

Think am blabbering a little bit here :blush: sorry for that, and thanks for the quick response ;)
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You can mark songs for storage on the device, it's not just cloud playback...

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You can mark songs for storage on the device, it's not just cloud playback...

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Thanks for the quick responses mate :)
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scottwild.co
Oct 02 2012 10:32 PM
For those who have Hotspot Shield installed and like to trim "start up" and "system services" I created 2 bat files that stop and start Hotspot. Simply double click to execute.

https://dl.dropbox.c...t bat Files.rar
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You only need Hotspot Shield that one time remember...

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