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If I connect my phone via Bluetooth to my car, and then play music using the Google Play Music app, the car shows a Browse button, which allows me to navigate through artists and albums with the car's buttons:

Toyota Bluetooth Audio UI with Browse button

Unfortunately, that app doesn't recognize all the music on my phone's SD card, so certain random albums and tracks are just not shown at all.

If I install another app, like Phonograph, Pulsar, Musicolet, etc., they can see all the music on the SD card, but don't show the Browse button on the car stereo.

Is there some named Bluetooth feature that needs to be supported by an app to show this button?

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There may be the following solutions, from Android Authority:

Problem #3 – Tracks missing on phone but available on web player
In the Settings menu, go to Apps or Application Manager, search for Google Play Music. Then tap on “Storage” and then press “Clear Cache.” On some devices, you may find this under the “Storage and USB” section in the Settings menu. Restart the device, then open the Play Music app and all your music should now be available.

Problem #4 – Songs not uploading

Also, make sure that the audio you are trying to upload on Google Music is of a supported format. Supported formats include MP3, AAC (.m4a), WMA, FLAC, OGG, ALAC (.m4a), and DRM protected AAC (.m4p). Some music file types like WAV are not supported. ... If songs aren’t uploading, make sure that the library isn’t full. Currently, you can upload up to 50,000 songs to your library. If you have gone past that, your only option will be to delete some other tracks to make room for new ones.

Hope this helps you!

  • Sorry, clearing the cache or erasing all storage of Google Play Music does not help it recognize the files. They are mp3 and can be played by the app, but do not show up in the library. I do not have more than 50,000 files. – endolith Dec 11 '19 at 16:31

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