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Google Music Now Allows Users to Upload Songs Through Chrome Browser

Since the launch of Google Music, the only way for users to upload music was through a separate desktop application. If you used that application, you might know that it’s not the most intuitive thing ever created, and sometimes, would bog down your entire computer while it uploaded tracks.

Today, Google is looking to fix this issue, with the release of a new Lab which allows for the uploading of songs right from your Chrome browser. 

To get this working, you will need to enable the lab under the settings menu right here. Once enabled, any track that is on your computer, simply drag and drop the files onto the “Add Music” popup. Easy peasy.

Not only do we get to upload tracks right from our browser, but Google has introduced a fancy new mini player as well.

But, wait, there’s more! This new lab has extra goodies. You can now open a handy mini-player by clicking the arrow in the bottom right corner of our web app so you can see what’s playing or skip songs from any tab.

As Ice Cube once said, “Today was a good day.”


Via: +Google Play
  • Bob F

    About time. So much of their software seems half-baked for the first 2 years.

  • Travis Halfman

    No go here on Asus Chromebox. “There was a problem setting up Google Music.” Try again does nothing.

  • Sporttster

    Uploading?? Thought this was a cloud based service?? Any music on my phone just plays directly off the phone. It plays from my library. Why would I need to upload it???

    • Higher_Ground

      because this is for your computer as an alternative to updating your entire library thru the previous application. I haven’t used google music since it came out but I remember uploading songs was a bit of a pain. I think this is supposed to be easier.

  • JRomeo

    The most important Question IMO, is will this literally upload every song, or will it do google music match and scan the songs and match them to your online locker?

  • Travis Halfman

    Tried this on the Chromebox last night and got a circular error. Pressing ‘Add Music’ installed an extension that opened the mini player that said “MUST SIGN IN ON FULL WEB PAGE. SIGNED IN AS…” but the Google Music tab was already signed in!

  • Andrew Hime

    Now I need more storage… and the Android app needs a better randomizer. In my (so large it’s maxed out GPM limits) music collection, it tends to do very non-random things like favor the beginning of the alphabet, or play 3 songs off the same Wisp album in under an hour. Not that that is bad, I hadn’t listened to those songs in a while, they’re quite good, but… if I’m shuffling my entire music collection, I expect randomness.

    • Kit Tihonovich

      Thought it was only me that noticed this. But yeah, I tend to throw my entire collection on shuffle as well. Mickey Avalon. Mickey Avalon. Mickey Avalon. Between the Buried and Me. Buckethead. Buckethead. Etc.

      Uh…I have 13 tracks of his…out of 20,000 on my phone. Ze fuk? Quit that.

    • Chris Hughes

      I’ve always thought the same thing. I don’t even bother to use the random feature anymore as it seems pretty broken.

      My favorite is (out of roughly 9k songs + all access) I’ll get the same song within a 20 minute period.

  • JL

    This music app was the main reason I left Apple. I like that it streams and is free. iTunes costs yearly. I’ll have to try the Chrome upload option because just recently I noticed the uploader making my computer go slow.

  • fritzo

    how about an upload option on the phone app. ive been doing a google drive workaround instead.

  • metool6

    now if the app was stable on my phone then….

  • Porkweasel

    Anyone else stuck with “Processing Music” that sticks forever?

  • Rob Miller

    Getting an error when I try to install the “Google Play Music” extension that is required to use this lab…anyone else? It keeps saying “Failed – No File”. Tried going to Chrome Web store, same issue. Come on Google!

    • PoisonApple31

      I got the same thing, but it actually installed and worked.

      • Ben Adiamseged


  • nosedive94

    This works on my PC, but not my Chromebook.

  • nosedive94

    I tried this, and had it sync the same folders as Music Manager was previously doing, and NOW IT’S UPLOADING DOUBLE COPIES OF EVERYTHING I PREVIOUSLY UPLOADED!!! And I can’t get it to stop!

    • moew

      Sounds about right… those apps don’t know about each other! I would just stop it, purge, reload, backup, etc… maybe not in that order though.

      • nosedive94

        I think the solution is to create a new folder to sync from, and put future music in there.

  • fartbubbler

    didn’t even have to use my AK.

  • TechWings

    One step closer to cutting the Windows cord.

  • mbaldwin85

    Can we please mark songs as incorrect match on our phones? Half the time I’ll hear a censored version but never remember to actually go back to my computer and mark it to upload again.

    • PoisonApple31

      How could you play Alanis Morisette “You Oughta Know” censored? You gotta change that immediately.

  • Droid Ronin

    Glad to see that these improvements are being made to Google Music and that we don’t have to deal with that syncing headache that those iTunes users have to go through.

  • BillySuede


    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Lol caps rage

    • There was always the Windows app that let you sync and upload your iTunes library

    • PoisonApple31

      You could have done that a long time ago. Just convert your purchased DRM crap tunes into DRM-free files. Apple started DRM-free years ago already.

  • It looks like this isn’t a lab option for me. Instead, the Add Music is automatically available now when opening Google Play Music inside Chrome. Did have to enable the lab for the mini-player though.

  • Barlog

    Now all they need to do is make it possible to upload music from my phone or tablet

  • MikeSaver

    i can use my chromebook for all google music things now

  • TheSimpleTruth

    Finally.. Wish I kept my cheaper sub when this launched now. May finally be worth ditching Spotify.

  • SplashMTN

    Anybody know of a good third party google music app? I just got all access and the android app is awful. I get “unable to play content” almost all the time, even when I have a strong LTE or wifi signal.

    • Michael Vernon

      They haven’t released the Music API. So no there is zero way of using a third party app.

      And it’s not lame. You’re lame.

      Sorry…couldn’t help myself. It was right there for the pickings.

      • SplashMTN

        Alright…..thanks I guess? Never said it was lame.

        • R.

          @SplashMTN:disqus Try to clear cache&data for Google Services Framework (Settings->Apps->All->GSF)
          My Google Play apps operate more reliably after doing that.
          No actual data lost, it’ll rebuild the database.

    • JSo

      I have never had an issue with the Google music App. Are you in the U.S.? If not, maybe thats your problem? I don’t know if that causes issues. Just a guess. And also, like Michael Vernon says, there is no third party music app that has Google Music functionality.

      • SplashMTN

        Yep, I’m in the US in a major city with strong LTE coverage. I also have problems on wifi though too, which makes me think it’s not the connection but something with the app. I really like having all access and works great when I have access to a computer, but most of the time I want to use it is in my car or when I’m not at my apartment.

        • JSo

          I don’t know why you would have issues. I guess try clearing data, uninstall then reinstall the app. All the normal stuff. If you havent done that already.

          • SplashMTN

            Just uninstalled the updates and reinstalled them. Hopefully that’ll clear things up.

    • Barlog

      I get that same problem, and I’ve got strong 4G or Wifi. It will even do this when I’m trying to listen to music I have downloaded to my device! Very frustrating

      • SplashMTN

        I uninstalled the updates and then reinstalled them and that helped for now, but I’ve only had about 20 minutes to test it so far.

    • Adam Crawford

      I don’t know of a way to do all access through a third party, but I know there are apps out there if you are rooted that will allow you to play music that is stored in the cloud through google in other music apps. Search the play store.

      Edit: This is close, not the app I was thinking of, but this will allow export of cached music

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Well then, that took forever.

  • Guest

    is this being rolled out? cuz i definitely dont see that option under Labs in my google music

    • I don’t see it in mine either. Did see the mini player option though.

      • JSo

        I think its all one option. If you selected the mini player, the drag and drop music option should be turned on as well.

        • El_Big_CHRIS

          No, Im not seeing it either

  • Fresh360

    Now allow me to upload songs directly from my phone and we’re good.

    • The Narrator

      Wait what? I download music files to my phone and it gets put into Google Music automatically

      • JSo

        Are you sure? I don’t think it works like that.

      • MikeSaver

        naw dude, that doesn’t put it in the cloud. It is just the Google Music app reading the song files off of your phone. I think.

        Can you then go to your computer and play that same song you have DLed on your phone there?

        • The Narrator

          Ohhhh, that. I see now, my bad. Yeah, i guess it’s just reading through app

        • Curtis

          You are right. It just uses Google Play Music to play the song from local memory.

          • nosedive94

            Sometimes it uploads them and sometimes not. I thought not, but I constantly find songs in my library on my PC that I know for a fact I only had locally on my phone.

          • Kit Tihonovich


          • michael arazan

            It has never uploaded any of my music, I’ve tried several times, even the music I have paid for. Doesn’t let me download the music to my phone that I have paid for or gotten free either with the new system.

        • Mark Mann

          I download music on my phone, i listen to it on Google play, then delete it from my phone and it is still in gp

      • Fresh360

        I am not talking about through Google Play, but if I download from another site.

  • ElChicle

    Will it still upload the clean versions of my explicit songs?

    • eagletrippin

      I swear that scan & match ish pisses me off…

  • Fresh360

    I guess I am the only person who never had an issue with the Google Music uploader #KanyeShrug

    • JSo

      Same here. But I have always cleaned up my MP3 tags before uploading. I don’t think a lot of people do this and just end up with their library all messy.

    • JMonkeYJ

      My “favorite” issue is that it refuses to upload an album I purchased and downloaded from Google Play because of some DRM issue. Uploading that album to any other service is fine because it appears DRM free to other services. So somehow Google made DRM whose only purpose is to block music purchased from Google from working on their own service! Needless to say, I have never purchased music from Google Play again…Amazon’s is completely DRM-free.

      • Fresh360

        That’s very weird because you dont have to upload music purchased from the play store, it’s ‘automagically’ placed in the cloud. Also Google Play Music tracks have always been DRM Free, are you sure its an album you bought from Google Play?

        • JMonkeYJ

          It was a promotional album, so it disappeared from their cloud catalog at some point (yes, that can happen!), leaving only the copy I had downloaded. Believe me, I’ve been escalated several times in Google Play tech support. They just really screwed something up. Their DRM tracks which account bought the song and won’t let it be uploaded to another account. In my case, something went wrong with the DRM scheme and prevented me from uploading it even to the purchasing account. Because it’s tied to Google accounts, other services don’t recognize the DRM.

    • starnovsky

      My biggest issue with Google music uploader was it’s inability to upload long tracks (like DJ mixes). Not sure if it’s solved by uploading from Chrome.

  • yodatom10

    Chromebook users rejoice

  • Malcolm Love

    Finally! The Music App would always miss random songs on my computer.