Google Music is the best of both worlds, PLUS it alleviates my pet peeve of an SD card. I hate them. So, being able to stream my music from the cloud saves me having to pick WHICH music I want on my phone or not.
Problem is, Google Music is only for the US currently... so how can we take advantage of it here in Canada?
Well, the big issue would be at first being able to get yourself signed into the program. Once you're in, they no longer care that you're in Canada... just gotta get in first. Then install the software on your computer, then the phone.
Set it up on your Google Services
So here's the steps:
[UPDATE: Please first set up your Google Wallet account with an American address... it now checks that as well - see +Sivan Rehan's steps on the "How to get All Access" article]
- Use a proxy-site to block your IP.
- There's a few out there, I learned about many of them working at the high schools from the students. For me browsertunnel.com worked the best. Keep it ready.
- Using the proxy-site go to https://play.google.com/music/
- log in using your Gmail account, it may ask you a few questions about starting up... but effectively now you've got the service added.
- You can now leave the proxy-site
Essentially that's how you get it to your Google services. Now that it's attached, you can go back into the site and download the "Music Manager" software for your computer.
Set it up on your Computer
- Go back into music: https://play.google.com/music/
- Click on the "upload music" button on the far right
- Then click on the Download Music Manager
This will then download "musicmanagerinstall.exe" (if you're on Windows... there's also a Mac and Linux option available too). You'll have set up the music manager by telling it where your files are [iTunes (bleh), Music Library, etc...]
Once you have the locations in... you can then go ahead and click OK.
For me it was something like about 2 weeks for a full upload (I had 7,000+ files). This might be quicker now that they have 'music match' active, but I haven't seen it go on my account yet.
So, you've got the files uploaded to the cloud, now to play them. You could play them via the web (like I do while I at work), or you could...
Set up Google Music on your Device (Phone / Tablet)
If your computer doesn't already have it preloaded, you'll have to download it via the Play store. Now, I'm unsure if it's allowed to be downloaded in Canada yet via the store.
If you click the link and it's not allowable to be installed, you'll have to side load the application file (apk). Let me know if you need to know how to do that. Below I have a folder of applications that aren't available in Canada that you can also side load.
Once it's on your phone it'll ask you which Google Account to associate with. Ensure you pick the right one!
I'll post some more tips and tricks for Google Music later on, but for now enjoy the service!