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I've uploaded all of our music to Google's "music in the cloud". I can play it on my Android phone (Droid X). I'd like my wife to be able to play it as well on her HTC Incredible).

Is this allowed?

How do I do it?

(One way would be for her to log in as me but that seems like it might cause problems with both of us logged into my account).

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Any music you purchase via Google Play Store or upload via Google Music Manager application is tied to whichever Google account you selected within the app under Menu -> Settings -> Google Play account. Starting with Android 2.2 (a.k.a. Froyo) you can add multiple Google accounts on Android devices (phones, tablets, Google TVs, etc.) Therefore if your relatives' handset/tablet supports multiple Google accounts, you can add your own account under Settings -> Accounts & sync on their device, and then within their Play Music app's settings you should be able to change the account to yours. The music should then be available on their device to stream/download.

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Isn't this option granting the family member/friend full access to the user's account? –  Dror Mar 11 '12 at 19:56
@Dror: Yes, but it's the only way to do it. You can't share the music across accounts. –  eldarerathis Mar 11 '12 at 20:16
@Dror Alternatively, you can create a new Google account specifically for music purchases and add it to both your and your wife's phones. That way personal stuff like email and calendars can stay separate while music (and maybe books as well) can go on the shared account. Just don't forget to switch accounts in Play Store before buying music or books. –  Chahk Mar 11 '12 at 20:58

Using the Google music uploader tool, you can also download all (Purchased only, I believe) music from any given Google Play Music account. You could then switch accounts (or better yet, a different computer), and upload that music to a different Google Music account.

It would be a manual sync process, as the uploader tool won't automatically download purchased songs.

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You can also download music you uploaded yourself but only up to 2 times, AFAIR. –  Erik Aug 21 '12 at 14:36
The 2 download limit only applies if you download from the web client, the uploader tool does not have that restriction. support.google.com/googleplay/bin/… –  Brandorf Aug 21 '12 at 19:04
Is this practice allovied by the licence? –  Ilari Kajaste Oct 1 '13 at 17:54
The original question was referring to music that the user uploaded themselves to the cloud, it's unclear, but I'd wager the new "Auto Matching" feature may further muddy the waters somewhat. I'd call it "Questionable" –  Brandorf Oct 4 '13 at 13:47

@Brandorf - it's a good idea and I looked into it, but you can not share a single Google account among many users. See here:


Google Play does let you share Streaming Music that you subscribe too though. AFAIK you can not share any purchased music, whether purchased from Google Play or otherwise.

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