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Google has made known that it is in the process of figuring out exactly how to handle the device authorization and de-authorization for Google Music, and for the time being they have reverted to the old method allowing unlimited device de-authorization. From Google Play's help pages:

Yesterday we made a change to our device policy for music on Google Play.  Any user can associate up to 10 devices to his or her account.  Once you have connected 10 devices, you may add a new device only by deauthorizing an existing one from your account, and you may do this up to four times per year.

We limit the number of times you can swap out new devices at the request of some of our music partners in an effort to limit abuse. We understand this has caused some issues for users who often deauthorize and reauthorize the same device, and we are currently re-implementing the solution in a way that works for our users and music partners.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will update this page as new changes are made.

We're not sure how they plan to address the issue, but we're sure glad they have given us all a chance to clear out all our old devices. Hopefully they can implement a fix that doesn't add the same device multiple times, but that still won't be a solution for folks who need to switch devices often. It's an interesting dilemma, and one that hits close to home. We'll keep our eyes on this one.

Source: Google; via The Verge


Reader comments

Google addressing Music device de-authorization issues, back to 'normal' for now


Why is deauthorizing a device an issue? In my mind that should be unlimited. I can understand limiting the number of authorized devices. If they allow 10 to stream content why would the care if you delete those 10 and add 10 new devices every month? Its still only 10.

The record companies are afraid you might be deauthorizing and authorizing friends' devices constantly to get around the 10 device limit. Of course, they're forgetting the entire purpose of Google Music and the fact that you can download all your songs DRM-free and share it that way as well.

It's like they try to shoot themselves in the foot. Why can't they just let us listen to our purchased music the way we like? Ugh.

Because they are under the woefully ignorant delusion that, if they just come up with the perfect rules about online streaming of music, they could permanently put an end to online music piracy.

This mentality completely overlooks, however, that 1) online music piracy predates audio streaming by quite a few years, 2) music piracy in an of itself predates the internet, and 3) that you can never stop someone who is determined enough to do something. This has been proven repeatedly, even if only using 1 & 2 as an example. In all honesty, music streaming is not how people are pirating music, but the music industry has a stick up their collective butts about the whole issue.

Remember when Napster came out and the recording industry started screaming about how they were "going out of business because everyone was pirating music!" Actually, if you paid attention, the recording industry's reported *profits* that year were up $800,000,000 dollars. They seem to continuously overlook the fact that many people (myself included) discover bands through streaming music, or a track someone slips me, that actually makes me go *buy* the damned album. They're hurting more than helping themselves with all this crazy regulation, IMO.

Great to know the music cartels are finding more and more ways to impede technology. Let's hope Google's fix doesn't change - Google Music is such an awesome service.

Its not the streaming the record companies are worried about. It's the bought music that you download to multiple devices using offline mode.

I'm not going to walk anyone through how to do it. But yes I can see the potential for mischief.

I'm not condoning mischief using Google Services.
To all you people thinking about it, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you".

Mischief being that I'm using things which I payed for in a manner I choose? Are you saying I should buy the same music multiple times if I want to listen to the same tracks on my car stereo, mobile and home stereo?

Who's hand is really getting bitten here? Mine or the multi-billion dollar company's?

I think he's referring to using the auth/de-auth mechanism as a means of downloading your music from your music library to a buddy's phone/tablet/PC.

I can see the consumers... by the industry.

If I buy music anywhere, it's mine. I own it. End of story. I should be able to put MY music anywhere I see fit to listen to anywhere and at any time whether it's on one device or twenty and move them about freely without recourse.

What needs to happen is when you authorize a device that's on a carrier, it needs to be verified by them that it's a legit device you own so that it can be authorized or deauthorized as many times as you see fit as long as you still own it. Wifi tabs is harder to control but who changes tabs 4 times a year? To be honest, I love it when corporations make decisions for me.