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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by seejoshplay, May 26, 2011.

  1. goat-head

    goat-head Member

    I was having the same issue, then it just started working?


  2. denisbkk

    denisbkk Lurker

    Can somebody tell me where the cached music from the Android Music app is stored? I cannot find it on the SD Card..or does it store offline songs on internal memory?! But there I can also not find it.
  3. KenG10

    KenG10 Well-Known Member

    its in the Android/data/com.google.android.music/cache

    ive noticed that it likes to download entire albums at once (even in the background) when cache music is on. :eek:
  4. SeekerOfTheWay

    SeekerOfTheWay Android Enthusiast

    Subscribed for info.
  5. OstrichSaK

    OstrichSaK Android Expert

    So far the only issues I'm having are:

    1) I have playlists and one of them is called NEW. I have it pinned on my Evo and it seemed to cache all the songs fine on my device once the playlist was created on a PC. Total songs is about 20 or so. Last week I added two new songs and they show up fine on the PC in the NEW playlist. It's been a week now and those two songs STILL don't show up on my Evo. Thoughts?

    2) Soundtracks will split each track up into separate 'albums' rather than put them all in the same album. It appears to group by album then artist so all the albums are side by side but each track with a separate artist resides alone as a separate album. Google needs to fix it so that if tracks all have the same album name they are in the same album when you view your albums.

    3) Lastly is a bunch of features that I'm sure will be added eventually. The ability to edit/delete my tracks and playlists from the device. Better choices for widgets (Love the 2x1 from Mixzing that shows album art) and ability to specify time frame for 'Newly added' items since most new users will have thousands of songs in their 'newly added' items even though there may only be a few that are actually newly added within the last few days and eventually months.

    Other than that I love the app. Google just needs to make haste with the fixes and updates.
  6. substring

    substring Android Enthusiast

    That is beside the point. During the set up of Google Music Beta, I have uploaded some Linkin Park songs from my laptop to the cloud as Linkin Park is my favorite band. Now, if the programmers at Google are as smart as I think they should be, they should be able to tell what kind of music do I like. That is what Google is famous for....to analyze the user's data such that they can customize the experience for their target audience. So in my case, it is a total failure on Google's part.

    The point is that it is not about free music. It is all about data analytics which is the key to success of Facebook, Google, and all Web 2.0 initiatives. :)

    Hope this clarifies.
  7. Agroman

    Agroman Newbie

    I had the exact opposite problem, I deleted from the cloud because of bad metadata but the Music Manager hasn't reuploded the fixed ones yet (it's totally idle right now).
  8. Agroman

    Agroman Newbie

    As I read somewhere your issues seem to be related to bad tags. In the first case you probably have conflicting info in diferent tags ID3, APE, etc.

    The second can probably be fixed sorting out the metadata too.

    I'm using mediamonkey and it find music with unsyncronized tags. I guess it would fix you problem.
  9. Agroman

    Agroman Newbie

    You have tracks with different "Album Artists", they need to be the same, or I would guess you could empty them all and tag as "part of a compilation".
  10. 28064212

    28064212 Well-Known Member

    You seem to have totally missed the point of the free music. Google bought the rights to distribute some music for free. If you want, you can add it. It would be impossible for Google to look at your music and suggest free stuff you might like, they wouldn't have the rights to it
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  11. Raaden

    Raaden Lurker

    Got my invite a few days ago but just now getting a chance to do some uploading. Ran into the Error Uploading issue. deleted and seems to be working great!
  12. I'm loving the Beta Google Music service online and on my droid. I know that online, Google Music allows you to listen to your "thumbs up" playlist, which plays your favorites, but I'm not seeing a way to listen to my favorites on my android (running Music app on Gingerbread). I see no option to create an auto playlist (smart playlist, in iTunes language).

    Anyone have any luck with this?
  13. goat-head

    goat-head Member

    I keep having the issue where I have it set to "random all", and it just repeats the first song? At least until I manually skip to next track! And some songs just end before they're over, and it doesn't want to go to next track?
    Any ideas or others having similar probs?
    Oh well, it's bound to have some quirks for such a FREE kickass app!!
  14. R3vel

    R3vel Member

    Im from the UK so have to wait for it to become available over here. In the mean time, I wanted to learn a famous chinese song, but the link is dead. Please renew :D
  15. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Are you sure Sing Chinese Songs doesn't work in the UK? I'm sure some of my friends in Bristol and London are using it to sing Chinese songs.

    Sing Chinese Songs - Learn to sing famous Chinese songs

    I think it's actually an American website, not Chinese.
  16. Tyler Perez

    Tyler Perez Well-Known Member

    Well, I just got my Invite to Google Music today, and I don't know if anyone else is using it. I would like to know what everyone thinks about it? My first impression is that it's cool, conveinient and most likely a huge battery hog. The Google Music Manager is still uploading my 20,000+ songs so it may take me a few days till it's done and to get the full experience.

    What are you thoughts, Impressions?

    Also, does anyone know if it's possible to sync more than one phone with Google Music, and if so, how?

    If you havn't heard of it, here it is:

    Request an Invitiation Here: http://music.google.com

    Get the App Here: Google Music
  17. strat1227

    strat1227 Well-Known Member

    I have it, uploaded 15000 songs, took over a week

    Pretty cool, the google music player sucks bigtime though

    I think you can sync any amount of devices on it, that's pretty much the point, but only if the whole device is synced to your google account
  18. Tyler Perez

    Tyler Perez Well-Known Member

    O man, a week...

    Why does the player suck?

    Oh thats what it is... Well I wanted to set my dad up with all my music while he's always on the road traveling... but I would rather him not get notified when I get new emails, or even check my mail on his phone... I guess I can try to sync my phone with his and turn off all syncing for my email account?
  19. marctronixx


    google music is tied to your email account. if you log out of your email account you log out of google.

    i have had it for a month or so. its a bandwidth hog for sure. i think there is a setting to use less bandwidth however that may be on the desktop client side rather than the handset side.

    and i dont think you can load up more than 20K songs.. there is a limit, however i forget.

    the music player is just fine for me. i rather enjoy it. it looks great on the xooms big screen.

    maybe you can look at amazon cloud. they have a music storage service... ive still got two invites to google music... wish i could give one to your dad so he can have his own...
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  20. strat1227

    strat1227 Well-Known Member

    Limit is 25000 songs

    player isn't very good imo because when you have that many songs it takes forever to scroll through them and there's no option to scroll by letter for some reason

    Also when you're looking by artist, if you hit the name you have to select an album, and like 70% of my music is "unknown album", and when I click that it it shows EVERYTHING within that album, so it's literally impossible to view only the songs by that artist

    Overall it has very few features which is disappointing for google
    marctronixx likes this.
  21. llescaflownell

    llescaflownell Well-Known Member

    It's pretty glitchy on my phone. Keeps playing when I have another player playing (like pandora or jango). Skips songs all the time, just a mess. I had to uninstall it twice now. Not gonna download it again until it comes out of beta.

    For computers and Xoom, it plays nicely though.
  22. Complex757

    Complex757 Android Enthusiast

    GMail was in Beta for years, so I'm not sure you want to wait that long. Might want to do it according to updates.
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  23. Agroman

    Agroman Newbie

    You don't need to wait 'til it opens. You can request your invite using a proxy. I'm not in the US either and it took me less than a week to get my invite.
  24. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    Gmusic player is a lot like the stock Android player (surprise?). It is very featureless. However, you can reduce the bandwidth required by making it so it won't cache the song files on your SD card. It's in the settings menu.

    And no, your main Android account (the Google account you sign in with when you activate the phone) does not have to be the account in which you use Gmusic. I have 2 gmail accounts logged into my phone. A new handle and the secondary handle that I'm trying to phase out of. Both have invites to Gmusic beta, and both can be used from my 3vo. The google accounts just need to be listed in the account section of your phone.
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  25. falconey

    falconey Android Enthusiast

    My impressions:
    Player - Nothing to brag about. I do like the background 'blow up' of the album art which gives matching colors to the actual album art.

    I also like the landscape view of albums and the 'recent' albums view where it's almost like you are flipping through actual albums.

    I've selected skip/random and it will in turn repeat songs after they are finished(annoying).

    It skips songs when I don't want it to.

    Offers no equalizer.

    As already mentioned, the player sometimes doesn't know when to stop playing.

    To compete with Audiogalaxy the player has a long way to go. A lock screen widget is the first step they need to take.

    Streaming - Most of the time streaming is seamless and I do like the cloud which makes it where you can upload the music and not have to keep a laptop or server on to reach the music.

    Sometimes I can't connect in areas where audiogalaxy and subsonic will connect so I'm thinking those are google server issues.

    Uploading - This has to be the most painful process, but you are able to listen the already uploaded music while your collection finalizes.

    Set up - Set up is very simple.

    All in all if you get accepted in the beta it's a worthwhile app to have.
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