How to Stream Google Play Music on Your Chromebook

The Chrome operating system can play MP3 and m4a audio files, but you must download them to your Chromebook’s limited storage drive or store them externally on a thumb drive or SD card.  There’s another option: stream them through Google Play Music.  Before you start listening, you’ll need to upload your music to the service. Here’s how. 

Upload Your Music to Google Play Music

  1. Navigate to google.com/music on the PC that has your music files stored locally. You’ll be prompted to download Google Play’s music manager.
     
  2. Install musicmanagerinstaller.exe via the onscreen instructions and activate by clicking Next.
     
  3. Sign into your Google services account as prompted.
     
  4.  Select iTunes, Windows Media Player, My Music Folder or Other Folders to tell the Music Manager where your music is stored. If your selection is Other Folder, you’ll need to navigation to to the folder on your local drive with the Add Folder button.
     
  5.  Click Next after Music Manager displays the number of song files found. 
     
  6. Select Yes or No when asked “Do you want to automatically upload songs that you add to your selected folders in the future?”
     
  7. Wait patiently while your music files upload in the background. Depending on the number of files, this process could take some time. If your computer shuts down, the upload process will begin automatically when the system restarts. Double-click on the golden headphone logo in the system tray to check progress.

You’re now ready to play online from any Web-connected device, including your Google Chrome OS Chromebook (more instructions below).

Access Music on Your Chrome OS Chromebook

To play your songs, launch Google Play Music from the Apps icon on the Task Bar.

Your music files appear organized by album cover, but you can also sort by artist or song titles, create new playlists, listen by Last Added, select favorite tracks or create a spontaneous queue.

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  1. Lee Mathews Says:

    Are you sure about that first statement? I’ve got my Samsung Chromebook offline right now, and I’m playing back some Rancid MP3s from an SD card using what looks an awful lot like a built-in audio player.

  2. Kenneth Butler, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer Says:

    Good catch, Lee Matthews. We’ve updated this tip. Thanks!

  3. Simon Says:

    Hi.

    It does have a audio player built in.

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