How to Add Your iTunes Library to Google Music Beta

If you’re an iTunes user, you might be under the impression that you have to use Apple’s iCloud in order to take your collection to the cloud. On the contrary, you can actually enjoy the music you love through Google Music (currently in beta) using the import features of its Music Manager software. Yes, this even works on a Mac.

First, you’re going to need to be signed up for Google Music Beta. You can receive an invitation from a friend or through expressing your interest at the main Google Music site. At the time this article was written, Google was throttling beta sign-ups, so it may take a few days for your invitation to arrive via email.

Once you’re in, Google will take you through a setup wizard that will ask a few basic questions including where you would like Google Music to pull your library from. You can assign a specific folder on your drive, the assigned Music folder on either Windows or Mac, or your iTunes library using the iTunes player. All you need to do at this point is select iTunes and hit continue.

You will then be prompted to download a the Google Music Manager, which handles syncing between your iTunes library and Google Music. If you have a larger music library, this can take a very long time. Each song has to be uploaded by itself and processed before it can become part of your available tracks on Google Music. It’s important to note here that only DRM free songs and supported file types will be accepted by Google Music. M4P (DRM protected AAC), ALAC, OGG, WAV, AIFF, and Real Audio tracks aren’t currently being supported. If your catalog does meet the necessary requirements, you can sit back while they upload two-by-two to the cloud.

Some advanced features of the Google Music Manager include the ability to set a maximum upload, which allows you to spare upload bandwidth for your other needs while files are being uploaded. You can also decide whether or not you want Google Music to sync with any new songs added to your iTunes library after the initial upload. This can be done automatically, at set time intervals, or manually.

Once this is done, you can enjoy your iTunes library from anywhere you can get a solid Internet connection on a supported browser. All this, and you don’t need to spend money (at least not yet) to access files you didn’t purchase from iTunes.

Article Written by

Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Taylor Cohron

    Except 10.6.8 broken Music Manager, at least on my machine, the preference pane requires the app to be open, and when I launch the app it crashes. There goes that one.

    iCloud will probably be a nicer experience UI wise anyway, Google Music is nice, but it isn’t top notch. (Then again, I hope iCloud doesn’t turn into another Mobile Me.)

  • http://twitter.com/theseanasaurus Sean Norman

    Or just go use Grooveshark or Nutsie and save yourself the hassle of uploading.

  • http://my.opera.com/geekgirlfri/blog/ Melinda P

    This article could use an update – as of today (9/10), people are still posting complaints to the Starbucks website (first link above). Store employees in multiple locations don’t know about it, Starbucks’ own customer service doesn’t seem to either! Those that have found cards can’t use them, even on newly updated devices.

    Is this a case of a promotion meant for slow integration being over-hyped, or a complete lack of organization on Starbucks’ part?

  • http://stephen.zreomusic.com Stephen J. Weber

    I haven’t actually opened the app yet, but I’ve already snagged both apps they’ve offered (Shazam Encore was the first). Definitely liking the new offerings.