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Google Music Updated to 5.3.1316 – Adds Store-to-SD and Sharing, Tweaks UI a Bit

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This morning, Google Music received an update to build 5.3.1316 which brings with it the option to store cached music to your external SD card and share music with the world. Other than that, they made a slight UI tweak to the slideout menu (you’ll see bold letters instead of grey backgrounds). Not a big update, but good stuff none-the-less.

To access the store-to-SD option, you’ll have to have a phone with a microSD slot (obviously). Once you confirm that you do (please tell me you can confirm this by yourself), head into Music Settings and you should see the option at the bottom of the “Downloading” section. If you’d like to share songs, tap the action overflow menu while viewing or listening albums/tracks and you’ll see the option to “Share.”

We have a download link for you below for sideloading, since this is more than likely a staged rollout. 

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  • Centro de estudios Delin

    ok i have a 32gig sd card and want to store all my music on it. my library is saved on my laptop do i save it directly to the sd from my laptop or do i have to let the app download the library to the card?

  • William Shockley

    No Joy for me… Although my tablet and phone both have 64GB external SD cards, I don’t seem to have the option on either device of where to store my music. :(

  • Hugh Hansen

    Still waiting on it to be able to resume each track where you left off. Every other music playing app and service had that two years ago, it seems.

  • JadeRavenDesign

    I still want a simple LIST view not a bunch of album squares :(

  • Nick

    Not supported on my Samsung Galaxy S4 (Verizon)

  • Gary Graf

    Being my S4 only came with about 9 GB free storage, this is a big relief. I’m sicking having to delete things to free up storage.

  • KMS_Alex

    I just want to move the location to “music” on my internal storage of my nexus 5 so it shows up correctly under the disk usage menu.

  • KH

    People never said that sd cards were unnecessary, Google and the other powers did and people just bought into it (or just went along w/ it due to lack of a choice). Hopefully this is an indication of future things to come and the (much needed) return of the sd card slot in google branded devices (though I doubt it). To me this is somewhat of an ass-backwards move. First they stop building devices w/ sd cards, then enable a service with large amounts of saved data to save to external storage that doesn’t exist anymore? Make up your damn mind, Googes!

  • greg

    Lost all my pinned music with this update. Seems to be re-downloading all of it. WTF!

  • CBNforum

    I don’t care who says they don’t need to store music on their phones and better yet SD Card… I do, because I can’t always stream music especially when I am not on WiFi. Oh by the way, you won’t see this update unless you are running Kit Kat or sideload it for now!.

    • TC Infantino

      In the What’s New section of the app description it says
      *SD card support for offline music on KitKat (Experimental support on some older devices)
      My Droid Maxx must be one of those ‘older devices’ they are talking about, because my music app updated to v5.3.1316M as soon as I opened the Play store. Sadly I am unable to make use of the best part of the update (SD card support) because the Droid line has moved away from SD cards.

  • Brandon Golway

    Sweet baby Jesus, my prayers have been answered! I always hated that they didn’t include this because I have a 64 GB sdcard and could never make use of it unless I used apps like FolderMount or the xposed module that would do the same thing. I actually wrote an email to Google about this two months ago and got a response back that said “That’s a great idea! I’ll pass it on to the developers for you!” So I’ll gladly take credit for this! lol What’s funny is that I actually gave up hope two days ago and started transferring music from my pc to my sdcard. Now only if they could make it so that Music will detect the downloaded songs and name them correctly after flashing a ROM or doing a factory reset. It’s pretty damn annoying to download about 5 GB of music and then flash a ROM a few days later only to have Music pick them up as “Unknown Artist”.

  • Kelly

    I still eagerly await the day I see a Google Play Music update that makes shuffle actually functional. I have never seen an app before Play Music that thinks “shuffle” means only shuffling everything after the song you picked in a playlist, and I don’t like it.

  • Kevin Lepp

    Finally I was using the work around but this is much cleaner, Thank you Scrooge Mcgoogle you do have a heart after all..

  • Raven

    This will be great for my old Droid 4 which is about to become a dedicate music player when my new Moto X DE arrives.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Now I wish my N4 had an sd card.

  • Jeff Mowbray

    I wished I wouldn’t have dropped my $7.99 plan.

  • Thomas Palkovic

    This would happen the day I ditch my s3 for a moto x

  • FutureFuzz

    Looks like it just decided to start moving all music to SD took a min after I changed the setting. Note 3

  • Fatty Bunter

    I want to see a poll on how many people actually have SD cards. I feel like they are the minority but the vocal supermajority.

  • Joe12304

    Still can’t open the app and have it go straight to my library vs play now? Come on Google. UberMusic it is.

  • Kizaru Hiruko

    Finally! This is the update that I’ve been waiting for! The SD card slot in my Galaxy S4 has a greater purpose!

    On another note, I think I’ll finally switch to my 64GB card.

  • Sanders

    While this is nice, they still don’t give proper access to the SD card in their own API, and rather abstract the concept of “external storage” away. Frustrating when Google introduces features in their own apps that other developers can’t take advantage of.

  • Ted Ockels

    This is actually really surprising. I didn’t think Google liked the concept of ext SD cards. Moving forward with the cloud and all that…

  • j

    Needs a UI overhaul badly. Or maybe I’m just stupid and haven’t figured out how to back out from the current album into the artist directory. everytime I try, I get sent back to all music

    • Brandon Golway

      Umm all you have to do is click on the artist name in the top left corner….

  • Jon Kruse

    So if I switch it to storage on SD card, does it swap all of the music over to the sd card automatically or do I have to manually throw the already downloaded songs over to the sd card?

    • Buddha

      yes

      • Jon Kruse

        Is there a way to see that that has been done? If I go to sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files, there is nothing there. If I go to internalmemory/Android/data/com.google.android.music/cache or files, there is nothing there either.

        • John Jenness

          It did it automatically on mine. It actually says in the notification bar that it is copying over the tracks. Really nice implementation really.

  • Mike Gomez

    can anyone tell me why none of the new features are showing up on my Galaxy Player 3.6? i downloaded APK, cleared app cache and all app data, uninstalled and reinstalled and nothing seems to be working. HELP!!!!

  • nickdrake

    Why are they promoting saving to SD when all of their products are internal storage only…

    • Mitchman

      Because all the Samsung owners bitched about it! :)

  • David VanHouse

    My thumbs-up playlist is still MIA…

  • JWellington

    Yes Finally! Most exciting thing I’ve read all day.

  • John Burke

    Does this work with OTG USB?

    • drwolcot

      I sure hope so

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Love the fact that SD cards aren’t seen in phones really anymore

  • morgan boyle

    nice to see that although google is pushing for a wireless future, they still care about internal storage options.

  • flosserelli

    It’s about damn time.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Now I just need a flagship phone that has a MicroSD slot…

    • Brandon Golway

      Should have gotten the S4!

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Meh, I did but traded it for the G2.

  • Pandalero

    Apparently you can only share tracks that have been purchased from the Play store. Tracks that I’ve uploaded from other sources do not have the share option.

    • John Garlits

      Crap. Well, better than nothing.

  • Chase Chick

    How do I confirm if I have an SD slot? do I just hit enter?

    • Fawzi94

      wut

    • T4rd

      If your phone says “Samsung” anywhere on it, it has an SD card slot. Anything else; no. =p

      • Chase Chick

        So do I hit enter now?

        • T4rd

          Yes. If that doesn’t work, hit Alt+F4.

          • Chase Chick

            ok I hit enter and nothing happened. Control Alt Delete?

        • cizzlen

          You need to delete System 32 for it to work.

  • DRAF_Werd

    Do these music files have DRM encoded once downloaded to an SD card? If not, what’s to stop you from sharing with anyone you want? Maybe that’s the point, I would just be surprised if that was the case.

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      They are DRM’d…they’ve always been accessible in the /data/data/com.google.android.music/files/music/ folder.

      • jmsbwmn

        I think the whole point is being able to store more music than you could without an external SD card. If I really want to listen to my music somewhere else, I’ll just login to the website somewhere else. :)

  • MustWarnOthers

    This isn’t working on Sprint Galaxy S2. It’s odd because I saw comments from users on other stock 4.1 Samsung phones that it worked, and I imagine the mounts are similar. I cannot wait to get rid of this phone.

  • Robert Young

    That was the only reason I didn’t save my music to my phone… thanks Google!

  • crazed_z06

    Cool.. Google Music cache taking up like 8 gigs on my main storage right now.

    And people say there’s no reason to have a SD Card anymore.

    • jmsbwmn

      “And people say there’s no reason to have a SD Card anymore.”

      You are spot on!!!

      • Phil Oakley

        I can just about do without an SD card if I have 16gb or more of storage. Anything less, nope. My next phone will probably be 32gb (and will hopefully be an Oppo N1, although I’ll keep my Nexus 4).

      • nickdrake

        If you live in an area with good coverage then you don’t need to even cache the music.

        • Jordan

          Maybe if you have unlimited data/constant access to wifi…otherwise the point to keep it on the device is obvious.

          • nickdrake

            Unlimited data. I don’t leave home without it.

        • Terrance Steiner

          I live in an area with great coverage and I have an unlimited business account. Unfortunately my gym is a big metal Faraday cage of a building with zero reception and near useless wifi. I could not use Google Music at the gym (the primary place I use it) without a cache feature. While I agree with you there are still very valid reasons for offline storage.

    • TC Infantino

      I am not one of those people. I wish that all the Android OEMs made their phones with at least 16gb internal and an SD card slot.

      • schlanz

        32 should be the minimum anymore

  • mmark27

    anyone getting the “can’t download music now (to SD), not enough space” I have 33GB free?! only downloading one album.

    • Mitchman

      I am not. It is putting my downloaded music in Android/data/com.google.android.music/files/music on my SD card.

    • LaRocKa1158

      Getting the same thing with Samsung Galaxy Note II i605 running 4.3 AOKP

      • mmark27

        Clear cache and Data in app manager and that cleared up my issues. Not sure why I don’t think to do that first. duh.

  • YankInDaSouth

    FINALLY!!! SD CARD SUPPORT!!!

  • sc0rch3d

    anyone know how to save ALL SONGS at once to your phone that are stored in GMusic (i.e. not locally) ?

    • guest

      Make a playlist with all your music. Then pin it. Last time I checked, this was the only way to do it.

      • sc0rch3d

        this can be dicey if you’re constantly adding and editing music, but def a good tip! on my phone i pin the THUMBS UP playlist. i guess i could do the same thing for all the songs.

  • Franklin7777

    Finally a cold day in Hell! I can’t believe Google finally implemented saving music to SD, I had given up on Play Music because of this.

    • Jeremy Gentry

      PRAISE the google music GODS! this should have been an option from the start! i can’t even imagine being on an 8gb phone with no option to SD, its bad enough on my 16gb

    • Ted Ockels

      This is the best news of the year. Not even kidding.

    • Franklin7777

      Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd… “Experimental” on select non KitKat phones. Which means no Droid RAZR. Eat a dick, Google.