Google Play Music expands storage limit to 50,000 songs

You don't really need to do anything to claim the extra storage space. When you open up the Settings section of the Play Music site, Uploaded Songs should now reflect that you can store a maximum of 50,000 songs.

So how does Google Play Music stack up with the competition for storing your music library in the cloud? Well, Apple's iTunes Match service will store 25,000 songs, half of what Google now offers, and iTunes Match will run you $24.99 a year. Amazon, meanwhile, will let you upload just 250 songs for free, though a $24.99 annual subscription puts that limit at 250,000.

As a reminder, music purchased on the Google Play Store does not count against your storage limit.

Source: Google

Joseph Keller
51 Comments
  • Well that's good! The more the better. I don't personally have a collection larger than 20,000. Yet. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm sure this will have limited appeal but for me it means Google Play Music can finally be my authoritative archive. Thanks Goog.
  • Very nice! I do have a load of CDs I've been meaning to rip and upload... But I seriously doubt they'd hit 20,000. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I loved the functionality of GPM and that you could upload your own tracks and merge them with tracks you stream to one single library. But the app itself was so buggy. like seriously buggy. Pressing shuffle and then pressing shuffle again would make the album cover dissappear for instance. It's gone so long and that bug is still there. But the most irritating part was that sometimes it took several seconds until streaming tracks started playing and scrolling was a pain(tracks that was saved for offline streaming). That's why I switched back to Spotify because it was so much faster. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is one of the many reasons I use Google Play Music! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think I have maybe 14-16,000 right now and I'm constantly downloading new things, so the 20,000 limit was a future concern. But I don't think I could ever reach 50,000. Thank you, Google!
  • What is the best format to rip cd's to? Posted via the Android Central App
  • FLAC
  • WAV
  • Depends on what you want to do with them after you have ripped them.
  • I have most ripped using iTunes because I have an ipod. I am an android user though, no iPhone for me. Not really locked into iTunes either. I basically want to put my music on my ipod as well as Google music to play on my android phone or through my receiver. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I pretty much do the same, I rip with iTunes at a higher than default setting but let Google Play Music Manager upload it to Google Play so I can stream it anywhere.
  • FLAC if you don't want to store a huge amount of files on your device; they take up a considerable amount of space. 320 kbps MP3 files if you want good sound quality plus the ability to store a lot of files on your device. I go for the latter route, but I can see why purists like FLAC so much.
  • Does dubstep benefit from flac?
  • Any genre benefits from FLAC. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I go the 320 route as well. Plus I've found most things deal with mp3s, while some hardware doesn't like Ogg or FLAC.
  • 256kbps VBR AAC. Sounds better than mp3 at any bit rate and is more compact than other formats as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am closing in on 19,000 and was wondering if I was going to have to be more selective in what I upload and keep, so pushing the limit to 50K is great!
  • Anybody have any idea how to stop them from playing edited versions of uploaded songs? Kind of defeats the purpose of accessing "your" uploaded music.
  • Our Apple bros pay $25 for half that.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • thanks Google , 50,000 is a safe limit. lucky i'm picky with the songs i added to my collection so i don't think i'll hit 20,000 let alone 50,000
  • Thanks Google Posted via the Android Central App
  • What the hell is a storage limit? I use Rdio, but I mean, who the hell imposes a limit to a service that is supposed to give you unlimited music for a fee?
  • This is for songs that you upload. The pay part is for streaming or downloading different music. As far as I know there is no fee for listening to your uploaded music.
  • Once uploaded, it's free to stream Posted via the Android Central App
  • >Credit card required, no matter what
    Nope
  • This isn't for the unlimited streaming music, this is a restriction on an individual's number of songs in their library.
  • Because this is for the fucking free service where you can upload your own music library. Not for All Access.
  • Your overreaction is a beautiful reaction to her uninformed overreaction.
  • >credit card
    Nope
  • Nice!! I'm at a little over the previous 20,000 limit. Like 23,000 and some change. This is awesome. Cause now I'll just put my remainder up, and start getting more music. I had to stop partly due to streaming services like Spotify, but now...I'm gonna shoot for 50k!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, when it was in beta I uploaded 23k+ and was stuck. Now I can add the rest of my library. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That was nice of them I love their music service but paying $9.99 plus tax is something I can't afford currently. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I told myself if I buy at least one album a month then it's worth it to just subscribe. However I did get the early adoption rate at $7.99. Brought to you by the Fantastic Note 4
  • I tell myself the same thing. Problem is once you stop paying you lose all the music.
  • Which is why I like Spotify better in some ways. You don't lose your music or playlist if you stop paying, you just gain ads and some playing restrictions. Which is better than nothing at all. On the other hand, being able to upload 50,000 songs now with Google is pretty sweet too. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm nowhere near the original cap, but this is great news! Posted from my Nexus 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • I'm sitting at just over 15k, and I don't think 20k was gonna be reached, but I know this helps many people out Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm only at 2,000, I don't think I'll ever come close to 50,000 LoL Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome, I have like 500 songs, it's almost the Max got bigger Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great news. It would've been nice if they'd up the file size limit also! /or cut some slack for all access users. Do you guys know if they lifted the deauth limit yet? Or have they at least stopped counting clean installs and new ROMs as a new device? At this point, the limited deauth's hurt me more than the limited tracks, but as time goes on 20,000 tracks don't seem as much as it used to Posted via Android Central App
  • Nope, I flashed an AR9G3 a few times in the past, and the devices lost kept growing, even when the device info in the ROM was exactly the same. From an Optimus L70
  • I reached the cap just after I came over to android just over 2 years ago. I had to start deleting things that I wasn't so worried about having immediate access too. Also no backup for new stuff and no way to increase storage. This had made me extremely happy! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have 25k songs. This is awesome! Posted on my OnePlus One
  • Wow Posted via Android Central App
  • Good stuff. I'm only at 2,000 songs so plenty of space LoL Posted via the Android Central App
  • So what... when they revise the device limit, let me know.
  • What's their definition of 'track'? My collection is primarily classical so a single track of a commercial recording can be upwards to 35 minutes while some complete works I download from the web may be one massive track (with no breaks between movements as on a commercial recording) lasting 60+ minutes. Just for comparison, I have 3700+ 'tracks' (separate music files) on my Nokia N900, approximately 40 gigs.
  • This would be great if Play Music did a better job of pre-cacheing the contents of streaming playlists. Using it on my 2013 Moto X, even on good, fast wifi, playlists made of songs I uploaded get cut off by buffering, and I wait in silence until Play gives up and moves on to the next track, which ends up buffering again, and getting cut off, rinse and repeat. The only way I have found Play Music to be reliable is playing tunes already on my device. So what's the point of having 50,000 songs in the cloud?
  • Huh. I just noticed another annoying bug. GPM is identifying some music files I uploaded as different files I uploaded. For example, in the Google-generated playlist I was just playing, I'm seeing The Kinks' "Lola" that I uploaded today but hearing an audio podcast I uploaded two years ago. I just checked by playing the file I uploaded; it's not the victim of some Windows cross-linking -- GPM is misidentifying it.