How to Upload and Stream Music with Google Music Beta

I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I saw the email: “You’re invited to Music Beta by Google” it said! Finally, several weeks after we first heard of the new service, I am finally able to try it out. So if you’ve also gotten the golden ticket email as well and you’re interested in getting it all set up and streaming, here’s how.
How to Upload and Stream Music with Google Music Beta1. Accept the invite on the Music Beta Web site
First, you need to click the link that was emailed to you in the invite. You’ll be taken to the Music Beta Web site, and walked through the account sign-up process. As part of the sign-up, you can select genres of free music to add to your profile, and it looks like there are some pretty well-known artists with free tunes including Outkast, John Mayer, Flying Lotus, and more.
How to Upload and Stream Music with Google Music Beta2. Download and install Music Manager
After the sign-up process has completed, you’ll be provided with a link to download the Music Manager app on your computer. If you’re on Windows, just run the installer EXE that’s downloaded like any other installer. On a Mac, mount the DMG that’s downloaded and then drag the Music Manager application into your Applications folder.
3. Upload music to Google Music
The next step is to load your music collection into Music Beta. Open the Music Manager application that you just downloaded, and then log in using the same Google account that you used to sign up for Music Beta. Then, Music Manager will ask you where you keep your music collection. If you’re an iTunes user, you can just select “iTunes player” and your whole iTunes library will be imported. If you don’t use iTunes and all your music is in a folder, just select “Other Folder” and you’ll be able to browse for the folder where your music is.
4. Wait
Music Manager will then begin the long process of scanning and uploading your files. If you have lots of music, as I do, this can take hours to complete, so make sure to be patient. You will be able to see the songs slowly appear on the Google Music Beta Web player as they are uploaded.
How to Upload and Stream Music with Google Music Beta5. Listen on Web or Android
Once your songs are uploaded, they will automatically appear on the Web player and in the Music app on any Android devices you have synced with your Google account. If you’re not seeing the songs on your Android phone, try updating the Music app from the Market to make sure you’re using the newest version. Other than that, this process is pretty straightforward and makes it easy for you to access your music from anywhere! Pretty cool stuff.

How To Stream Your Entire Music Library To Your iOS Device

With the new iOS 4.3, the iPod app on iPad and iPhone supports music streaming via Home Sharing. But what if you’re away from home? What’s the best way to stream your music library to your phone or iPad over the internet and not just your local network? Amazon Cloud Sync seems like a good option, but they don’t have an iOS app (yet). Instead, we’re going to use Subsonic, which turns your home computer into a music server that you can access anywhere you have a web connection.

  • Download and install Subsonic for your computer (Windows | Mac). The computer you install Subsonic on should be the computer that has all your music on it, and it should also be relatively stationary. This computer will need to be on and connected to the internet in order to use Subsonic.
  • Configure Subsonic. There’s a great guide for total Subsonic configuration if you have any trouble, but the process is pretty simple.
    1. Launch the Subsonic Configuration app and set the port you wish to use Subsonic on. Make sure this port is forwarded properly to your computer’s IP address.
    2. Start the Subsonic server, then visit http://localhost:port (whichever you selected) in your browser. Enter admin/admin in the username and password field.
    3. Follow the setup wizard, which includes changing your password and setting up music folders.
  • Once you’ve set up Subsonic, you’ll be able to access it from any browser by going to http://your.ip.goes.here:80 (or whatever port you selected during setup). If you don’t like having to remember your IP address every time, Subsonic provides subdomains for people who donate. If you like Subsonic and think you’ll use it a lot, consider donating $10. You’ll them be able to go to your Subsonic install simply by visiting yourname.subsonic.org.
  • Next, we’ll set up iSub. iSub is an inexpensive iOS app that will connect to Subsonic servers and stream your music over WiFi or 3G. It has unique interfaces for iPhone and iPad, and even caches songs so if you’re listening to a playlist or album you can get uninterrupted playback in the event you lose service for a few minutes. Both iPhone and iPad versions are included in the $4.99 price tag. Here’s how to set it up:
    1. Tap “Show Settings” on the iSub home screen
    2. Tap Edit, and then + to add a new server
    3. Tap Subsonic to set up a new Subsonic server
    4. Enter your server address (including the port), and the username and password you set up on the website.
    5. Tap Save and iSub will connect.
    6. Once the server has been added, you won’t need to do this process again, simply launch Subsonic and start listening to music!

    How To Stream Music To Your Phone From Anywhere With Amazon Cloud Sync

    Amazon has made it easier than ever to access your music from anywhere. With its new Cloud Player, users can sync their music from their computer to Amazon’s cloud and then stream or download it back from any PC or an Android phone — anywhere someone might happen to be.
    Start by heading over to Amazon’s Cloud Player home page, signing up for an account if you don’t already have one, and downloading the MP3 Uploader. Once you have the MP3 Uploader installed on your computer, you are ready to sync music to your cloud drive. Users start out with 5GB of storage, and you can get an additional 15GB to bring your total up to 20 if you simply buy a single album from the Amazon MP3 store. As an added bonus, any songs or albums you buy from the store will automatically appear on your cloud drive, and they will not count towards your storage allowance. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.
    If you’re not interested in paying for music from Amazon, you can also buy additional storage to hold your whole library. Prices are reasonable, and run a dollar a year per gigabyte. You can buy 20/50/100/200/500/1000 GBs of storage, all billed on an annual basis. Even those with gigantic collections will be able to hold everything with the high end of these plans.
    Follow along to learn how to get your music to the cloud and play it back on your Android phone:

    1. Install Amazon MP3 Downloader.
    2. Launch the Amazon Cloud Player in your Browser
    3. Click Upload to your Cloud Drive and Amazon MP3 Uploader will launch and start scanning your computer for music files.
    4. Once it finishes, you can fine-tune what you’d like to upload if your collection is too big for the amount of storage you have. Click the + icon next to “All Music” to expand, and uncheck any artists or albums that you don’t want to upload.
    5. Click Start Upload and Amazon will start uploading your music to the cloud.

    Playing your music back on your phone
    Once you have uploaded all your music to Amazon’s servers, you can play it back from anywhere on your phone via 3G or Wi-Fi.

    1. Download and open the Amazon MP3 app from the Market.
    2. Click “Player” to load the Amazon Cloud Player
    3. Tap “Cloud Drive Music” and log in to your Amazon account
    4. The music you uploaded in the steps above will be visible, and you can stream it anywhere you have a solid 3G or Wi-Fi connection.

    Amazon is really raising the bar with this service, finally making it virtually effortless to have your music floating around in the cloud rather than shackled to your phone’s SD card. Keep in mind that constant 3G music streaming will be quite taxing on your battery, however, so it would probably still be a good idea to have some tunes stored on your phone itself.

    Pandora – Find Music You'll Love

    Just last week I was ranting at Bob, the editor, about “cut and paste” reviews, and now I find myself doing one. It pays to keep your words tender and sweet, in case you have to eat them.

    Nevertheless, I can’t see how I could improve on the description of Pandora that has been provided by the… well, by the providers. ;) This, and the Music Genome Project, from which it stems, iare truly remarkable efforts that can only lead to even neater things down the road. Let them tell you about it…
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