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Is Music Bought on Google Music DRM-Protected?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by KaskaA, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. KaskaA

    KaskaA Guest
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    I'm a religious user of Google Music, but I haven't yet started purchasing music with it. I know that when you purchase music it gets automatically added to your account, and I also know you can then download those songs to a computer, but do you know if those songs are then DRM-protected? Also, can you download those purchased songs to an unlimited number of computers? Thanks for your help


  2. KaskaA

    KaskaA Guest
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  3. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Mostly retired
    Kansas City, Mo.
    No it is not.

    You can download music all you want using the GM app, but only 2 times directly. I just download what I buy, send it to my Dropbox and from there I can do whatever I want as many times as I want on any computer i want.
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  4. darkuni

    darkuni Well-Known Member

    All music (so far, anyway) is 320bit MP3 files. No DRM.

    One of the only things I'd like to see Google Music do is offer quality selection. Personally? I'm good at 192. Amazon Music is 256.

    Good stuff all the same.
  5. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Nov 29, 2009
    Android App Developer
    There is protection, but not on the files themselves. Google Music will take control of playlists and hide any cloud-sync'd mp3s in a special folder with numbers for names (eg. 100.mp3, 101.mp3, 102.mp3, etc)
  6. darkuni

    darkuni Well-Known Member

    Oh, I assumed he was asking about doing the manual download - were the files protected that he downloaded.

    The app itself does it's own voodoo :)

    One more reason to use Subsonic.
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