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[GUIDE] How to save Google Music to your SD

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24th September 2012, 07:09 AM   |  #1  
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So I'm not sure if a guide like this exists but I looked and didn't see anything. This is a How-To on saving music you paid for on Google Play. I have a separate MP3 player and I also make CD's from time to time and I tried to figure out a way on how I could save my music I paid for on Google Play. Also, there are those situations when you have no data connection (jogging for example) and want to listen to the music you paid for but can't. This is how I did it....

Requirements:


  • ROOT Access
  • Google Music
  • Root Enabled File Explorer


Open Google Music and navigate to the music you paid for on Google Play and start playing the song. Pay special attention to the progress bar in Google Music, it should show how much your music is buffering. Once the song is buffered to 100% pause the song (or you can just play the entire song to ensure the song is downloaded completely)

So once the song is buffered to 100% or you listened to it completely open your root enabled File Explorer and navigate to /data/data/com.google.android.music folder (as pictured, at the top)




Open up the com.google.android.music folder and go to /cache/music/ (as pictured below)




Depeneding on how many songs you buffered you will have multiple .mp3 files there or just one. You want to copy those mp3 files and paste them onto your internal SD or external SD. I don't think the mp3's have the proper id3 (artist, song title, genre, etc) so you can find a program to do that either on your phone or PC

Hope this helps someone. Remember, let your song buffer to 100% or just listen to it completely before copying the mp3. I am working with a buddy of mine on making an app that will do this for you and make it easier to download entire albums. Stay tuned
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24th September 2012, 11:04 AM   |  #2  
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Or you can check the box that says "keep on device"... then it will play offline too.

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26th September 2012, 02:52 AM   |  #3  
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Or you can check the box that says "keep on device"... then it will play offline too.

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but if you flash and wipe that music is not there...


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27th September 2012, 01:44 AM   |  #4  
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Good idea but it becomes redundant because you'll end up with multiple duplicates eventually

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4th October 2012, 08:11 AM   |  #5  
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I thought, it will be some kind of hack or an app that will make Google Music to cache the songs on SD card so they survive the wipe. But I am really sorry, this is not very useful.
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I thought, it will be some kind of hack or an app that will make Google Music to cache the songs on SD card so they survive the wipe. But I am really sorry, this is not very useful.


Its useful information for some, not very useful for others. One of XDA's higher purposes is to educate. Being that I'm not a developer or a hacker and maybe not quite as generally clever or software knowledgeable as others of you, this is something that I didn't know. Now I know.

I'd say that I've been adequately educated for today and that XDA is fulfilling its objective.

Not an attack. Just a reminder.
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Originally Posted by hameedullah

I thought, it will be some kind of hack or an app that will make Google Music to cache the songs on SD card so they survive the wipe. But I am really sorry, this is not very useful.

There are several uses for it, don't assume you're the only person who has an opinion about the validity of someone's info, it makes you sound like an bigger douche than you obviously already really are.

I know, that must be hard to believe, but someone had to tell you.
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4th October 2012, 01:59 PM   |  #8  
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lol, this has been around for ages. I didnt know a guide had to be written for that, it seems pretty obvious imho.

Anyway, nice write up mate
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4th October 2012, 02:47 PM   |  #9  
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Thanks!!! I'm not sure if this is just my phone (ATT GS3) but the music that I cache or save for offline listening also shows up in the SD card within the Android folder under com.google.music. You don't need root to see this folder.

To those worried about making duplicates it really doesn't. Cached music won't show up in another music player because Google music puts a .nomedia file in the folder to make sure it won't show up anywhere else (a dick move but hey otherwise it's great) if you want to keep using Google music you can clear the cache when you are done copying the files.
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Thumbs up great idea
is great idea but i think than is redundant too as tell in some post on top, i use in the beguin than buy my phone

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