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Google Play Enables Scan and Match Feature For U.S. Play Music Users

This morning, Google announced the availability of the Scan and Match feature for Google Play Music users. The feature, that went live last month for European users, scans the music you are uploading from the desktop Music Manager and then instantly makes it available from the cloud in minutes instead of hours.

Our new music matching feature gets your songs into your online music library on Google Play much faster. We’ll scan your collection and quickly rebuild it in the cloud – all for free. And we’ll stream your music back to you at up to 320 kbps.

Go try it out. I uploaded a 12 song album in literally 15 seconds and it was available instantly on my Android device. This is going to save people a lot of time! Thanks, Google.

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  • Brian

    How do you know which songs have been matched?

  • wesley88

    silly question but in order for this to work do i need to re sync the songs that havent been uploaded yet?

  • jasonbereklewis

    Will Google EVER bring it’s cloud music service to Australia?

  • traintrek

    My iTunes library is in Apple Lossless format. In the past, Google couldn’t upload them. Does the match feature work regardless of format? Thanks.

  • Jason Spangler

    Question here…what if I record a low quality song off of FM Radio or XM, save it to my music folder and try to add it to google music. Will Google detect it and add the high quality song?

  • Jon

    Oh bloody hell. I spent a week uploading 20 gigs.

  • Andy Christiansen

    i added the new blink 182 ep and for some reason one track is missing, it wont upload.

  • OpenShare

    This feature isn’t working for me, does anyone know if it’s rolling out regionally or something?

  • Hallelujah!

  • Chris Trail

    I am uploading 4 albums now. all in the play store. still going old way for me. don’t guess it works for everyone yet…

  • Matthew Fura

    How do you get this to work? I added three new albums today and each one of them uploaded the old way. I even removed and reinstalled Music Manager and nothing.

  • LP

    I still don’t get it , but ok. I’ve always literally come home on lunch break, copy/paste NEW music i want on my cloud in my Google Music Folder, leave my house, and my music was always there when i checked…. Google Music is great, anyhows..Still wish they would upgrade the actually app for Album art support and other things, but i’m knitpicking

  • Martin

    When is this coming to CANADA????!!!! Dam…

  • Ethan Sanchez

    Does anyone happen to know if there is a de-duplicate feature within Play Music? I could’ve sworn I read something about this topic on DL awhile back, but I could just be crazy. I think I have around 6K songs uploaded, but many of them are duplicates because my library was attempted to be uploaded at several different times instead of just all at once. Completely my fault, I’m sure, but I was curious whether or not this has been resolved. I love Play Music and I think it’s awesome, but I don’t use it nearly as often as I want because I hate how unorganized it is and that my album art is all sorts of inconsistent. If there’s anything I can do that doesn’t involve going through each and every duplicate one by one, that’d be ideal. Thanks in advance.

  • anezarati

    i experienced this on sunday night. i was uploading some music and took the normal amount of time. like 5 minutes later i uploaded some more and it took 15 seconds. at first i thought something was wrong, but everything played fine.

    so it was live before today!

  • Joser

    it still took me over 15 min to upload 4 CD’s….what am I missing here?

    • What are the titles? I would think if it’s not in their library for purchase, it’s not included in this feature. Just guessing.

  • Cameron Cox

    Im confused … Almost all lf my music in the clould was uploaded through Music Manager and it was available instantly…

  • This is awesome. Just last night I was trying to upload a ton of music.

  • nightscout13

    Album Art please…..

  • BSweetness

    I just tried, but it’s still wanting to actually upload the songs (and the songs are available in Play Music). Either I’m missing something or it hasn’t rolled out to all users yet.

  • Sparxx2k7

    Now I fully expect to get flagged down for this query, but can it tell the difference between purchased music and non-purchased music, especially in regards to DRM? So like, if I downloaded a song YEARS ago before the RIAA existed, would it still be scanned and made available to listen to (presuming it’s mainstream enough to be found)? What about amazon-purchased music? Or is it simply ALL audio files (which include FLAC and mp3)?

    • Hrrnkh

      From the sounds of it, it’s all music – as long as they have it in their DB. I have a sneaking suspicion you did not download your songs pre-RIAA though (Est 1952), unless you are some kind of a time traveller

      • Sparxx2k7

        lol true – but I guess I meant was before the RIAA actually went on a rampage of suing dead people for illegal downloads…. 😛

  • Franz

    It’s finally here!!!

  • For those who have old iTunes purchases that still have DRM, you’ll be happy to know that the Scan and Match will add those songs to your Google Music library. I noticed this morning that a ton of my old iTunes purchases that previously would not upload to Google Music were now showing up in my Google Music app. So instead of paying Apple $25 to re-download all those songs, I now have them anyway totally for free!!

    • jeff manning

      Does not work for me with DRM itunes’ songs. In fact this whole scan and match process doesn’t do anything for me. All songs try to upload like before.

      • Do you have the Music Manager set to search iTunes for your music library? Also, keep in mind, Google Play Music has to have the same track available in their store before it will be added to your Google Music library. Anything that is still uploading doesn’t have the same tagged information as the same song in Google Play Music.

        • jeff manning

          yes i do and the music fails to upload stating bc the file contains DRM

  • Terry Steege

    Apple iTunes users have to pay $25 a year for this option. Way to go Google.

    • Detonation

      And Apple’s quality is lesser (256 vs 320)

      • zepfloyd

        AAC is a little better than MP3 though. But lossless ftw.

      • Brian

        I would say they are 256 AAC is equal to 320 MP3, but AAC uses less space.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    that’s pretty awesome. love it. the only thing is most of my music is dj live sets. but it’ll be nice when i occasionally get an album.

  • Chris

    Boy, this is great. But with the majority of the carries going to data caps, it’s a same this type of technology will be hindered because of it. Boooo Big cellular!

  • Michael

    They also added a loading music library to the music page.

  • Jason Spangler

    Sounds like the music manager will scan the song, and create a pointer to the song that is already on their servers. Meaning that it doesn’t actually transfer the song, just the metadata?? perhaps? Kindof like Dedupping…why would google store 5 million copies of the same song? makes sense…although..licensing ….i dunno. I noticed it this morning when I copied an album up to dropbox for temp storage, and at same time the same album up to google music. google music was done in less than a minute..dropbox took about 5 minutes.

  • Kidd_Funkadelic

    So the question then is since I already uploaded my 10k song collection, do I still get the 320 kbps playback? Or the 192 I ripped at?

    • Kidd_Funkadelic

      Answered my own question – looks like we’ll get 320:

      “If you’re a longtime Google Play Music user, you don’t need to re-upload your files to have them matched. In the next few months, we’ll automatically match what we can of your existing library.


      • xjoeyxclarkx

        Thanks for this. I was contemplating re-uploading my library.

  • RampageDeluxe

    I can finally put my entire music collection online! I’ve been attempting to do this since music beta, but the upload times were too long, so I went with Amazon. Now I should have that 20,000 song limit filled up in under 2 hours.

  • Is there some way to up-convert your low bitrate tracks to 320kbps? I know this won’t make my tracks sound better but it might allow me to download the higher-quality tracks from Google after I’m done sync’ing.

    • Bob G

      “upload” or scan and match it to Play Music and then download them to your computer

      • They’ll only let you download at the bitrate that it was “scanned in” at. They won’t upgrade the bitrates for you.

      • BenS

        But is there a way to tell if this has already happened? I have all of my music uploaded already, but some of it is 128 or 192, and would definitely like 320.

    • Droidzilla

      It will automatically be at the highest bitrate Google has on their servers. If you’re streaming it, you’re good. If you have a crappy version, delete it and then pin it from your Google Music account.

      • It will only stream at the higher bitrate though. You can’t download at the higher bitrate. That’s what I’m asking specifically about.

        • Droidzilla

          Are you sure about that? I’ll have to test it out.

          • That’s what people are explicitly reporting on other sites. Not tested it personally but I have no reason to think they’re wrong.

          • Droidzilla

            Link? I’d like to see what rate they’re being pinned at. Also, I assume this is for people pinning to a device that doesn’t already have that song on it, right?

          • AndroidPolice: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/12/18/google-finally-brings-scan-and-match-to-play-music-doesnt-require-uploading-your-whole-friggin-library-anymore/

            “In any case, for those wondering on the details of how Google’s scan and match works, your original files can’t be uploaded unless the server is unable to find your tracks. If the songs it finds on your machine are of a low bitrate, then that’s the best you’ll be able to download later. Google won’t exchange your 96kbps file for a 320kbps one. It will, however, stream to you at a higher quality.”

          • Droidzilla

            Thanks for the link! That kinda sucks. Not surprising that Google is pushing us to stream, though.

  • Jwhap

    Now if they would add album covers to uploaded/already uploaded albums, I would be happy!

    • tu3218

      yes yes yes! Its a pain right now to edit album covers. At the very least, give me the option to copy and paste images.

    • I edited the album art for my Zelda 25th anniversary album just the other day through the web interface. It took a few minutes to sync the change to my phone, but it worked well, and was easy to do. Is that what you’re looking for? Or do you want Google to fill in the missing album art auto-magically?

      • Jwhap

        Yeah, I mean you are uploading say Pink Floyd the wall….. Add the cover photo or at least ask if I would like the album art added. ITunes has had this functionality for years….. I say years because it has been years since I have used it! 🙂

      • Jwhap

        Surprisingly, most of my albums all of a sudden has artwork on them……must have fixed it!:-)

  • JamesU513

    what am I missing here, I’ve always been able to get my music on my Android device instantly after uploading… What Does take a while is the music manager recognizing that I’ve added music to itunes

    • Jroc869, Cool story bro

      I was thinking the same thing. Sometimes my wife will text me from work with a few new songs she wants and as soon as I upload then ton her account she has instant access . o well maybe wasn’t the case for everyone.

    • Droidzilla

      The key here is “after uploading.” You no longer have to upload music that Google has in its repertoire. Also, all of your music will now automatically be converted to Google’s highest bitrate (a good thing unless you have music that’s a higher bitrate than Google does; very few users will).

    • mFrog

      This feature replaces the upload itself. If the Music Manager detects that a song you are about to upload is already on Google Play Music, it will skip the upload but still add it to your music library and use Google’s version for streaming.

    • It’s not really uploading anymore. They scan your upload folder and then automatically make it available from their resources.

      • snowblind64

        I think the “minutes instead of hours” thing was throwing people. I’ve never seen it take hours to upload an album (only takes a few minutes usually) but if you had hundreds or thousands of songs I can see it taking that long.

        • Took me like 3 days to upload my entire library the first time.

          • MKader17

            Lucky, I don’t know what was hapenning with my setup but it took over a week for me.

          • You probably have more song than me and/or slower internet (but i find that hard to believe cause im stuck here with dsl)

          • It was a solid week of uploading for me, over my old 3mbps down/768kbps up DSL line. Boy, I don’t miss those speeds.

        • DiamondDNice

          took me a total of about 14 days and that’s not all of my music. But i didn’t do it all at once either. only when i was sleeping or at work

          • snowblind64

            It’s been so long I’d forgotten how long it can take to upload a lot of songs. These days I only upload 10-20 new songs at a time so it only takes a few minutes even with Comcast’s crappy 5Mbps ups (though I don’t think Google Music uploader was even saturating the data connection at that speed).

      • Daistaar

        That’s what I was thinking Tim. I figured it was the equilivalent to iTunes Match, where it’s reading the ID3 tag and just uses the Google Play version if the ID3 tag matches. This way they already have the file and just link to it in your own cloud.

    • WF

      Now you don’t have to upload. It scans your music and makes the same music (in it’s own collection in the cloud) available to you

    • NastyEmu

      What you’re missing is that this eliminates virtually all of the initial upload for new users. This would have been a nice feature to have when I switched my 12,000 song collection over to Google Music.

  • Greg Morgan

    Google Music has quietly become quite the player in the music world. I love it, works great and no iTunes necessary.