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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Menddles, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Menddles

    Menddles Guest
    Thread Starter

    I looked around the forum but couldn't find a thread for JB.

    When I was in Play Music I switched my option to music "On Device" and I saw a lot of tracks that I don't remember putting on the phone. So I used File Manager to try and find where they were stored but I can't them anywhere.

    I think these mystery tracks are the ones I played from my synced music, but I want to be sure that they are still in the cloud and my phone isn't downloading them and taking up space.

    If anyone could help me (either if they know how Play Music works or if they know where the music gets stored) I would be grateful.


  2. mttfrog13

    mttfrog13 Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2010
    It's not easy to find. I believe it's somewhere in the root of the device. Also, all the music is labeled randomly as if it is just generic data so you won't be able to navigate it. I ran into this problem thinking I would be able to easily copy and past whatever music was on my phone.
  3. Jay3

    Jay3 Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    They do it that way to comply with the copy protection rules the content providers have set down. The "on device" is part of the streaming service, just hosted locally so it can play without connection.

    But to get a "real" identifiable copy of the file, you need to get it from your computer through the download manager of Google Play. And I prefer to use Amazon MP3 to purchase music that is truly DRM free, then use Google uploader to get it on Google Play.

    If you want to use a song as a ringtone or something, copy that DRM free version from your computer to the ringtone folder.
  4. Menddles

    Menddles Guest
    Thread Starter

    So the music I stream through Play Music gets stored on my phone? I turned off wifi and my data and I was able to play a song I know I didn't transfer onto the phone. This seems to defeat the object of having it in the cloud.
  5. mogelijk

    mogelijk Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2012
    No, the music you stream is not stored on the phone. There is an option in Google Music where you can select music to "keep on device" so you can listen to it offline. What is being asked above is where does it store the music after selecting the option to "keep on device".
  6. Menddles

    Menddles Guest
    Thread Starter

    But like I said in my previous post, I turned off my wifi and my data. If it's not playing it from the phone then where is it being played from?
  7. NSutherl

    NSutherl Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2011
    HVAC Design Engineer
    Los Angeles
    Go into the Google Music app, slide over to Songs, then click Menu and check On Device Only. These are the songs that are stored on your device for playing without an internet connection. If you want to remove any song from this group of songs, you can select the song's settings and uncheck Keep on Device.

    You can also do this by Playlist, Artist, Album, etc so if you notice that all of your Red Hot Chili Peppers songs are on the On Device list, you can go to Artists, find Red Hot Chili Peppers and uncheck Keep on Device to remove all of their songs from the list.

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