What is Google Play? According to Google, it is a new name for what they used to know as the Android Market, where Android users went to buy and download their mobile apps. All of your entertainment together in one place from over a million apps, music, games, movies and much more! This sounds kind of similar to ITunes, but Android users will beg the differ and die hard Apple users will disagree due to their dedicated iPod, iPad, and iPhone devices in which ITunes provides more flexibility. We can go on and on rambling, debating and who is superior, blah, blah, blah. Let’s stick to the subject and get exposed to Google Play, shall we?
If you happen to own an Android device in a form of a tablet, smartphone, or even a chrome book. Google Play is the best option which is already built in within your Android device. I’ve used ITunes in the past syncing all my music collection through my iPod and still using it to this day. When comparing to the iTunes, and when attempting to access your music collection through Google Play make sure you have high speed internet connection which is a web base application called https://play.google.com/music.
Then it will prompt you to log-in using your google account – e.g. Gmail account. This is where you manage all of our music collection called “Music Manager”and here’s what you can do with “Music Manager” please see below:
- Upload up to 20,000 songs.
- Choose how much bandwidth you use to upload music.
- Download music you’ve uploaded or purchased on Google Play.
- Important Note: Google Play is the main page to make all of your purchases > you will need to log in to your Google account > Once you select your music > Then select your purchase method (Google credits – charged through your CC, Gift Card –Redeem + enter code) > it will start downloading in real time and your music you just purchase will appear within your Google Play “Music Manager” and Movies under “My movies & TV”. This process is the same for Apps, and books. There are several ways to purchase your movies, music, apps, and books through Google Play:
- A Google gift card from your local retail stores such as Target, Best Buy, etc…
In dominion of $10, $25, and $50. Go online at https://play.google.com/store > click on the “Redeem” section > prompted you enter the Redeem Code which is located on the back of the gift card that says “Scratch to reveal code”.
- While log in to https://play.google.com/store you can purchase Google Play credit in the same dominion mentioned above. It’s like purchasing a Google gift card online charging it with your credit card.
- If that special someone gave you a Google Play gift card > go to https://play.google.com/store and just click on the Redeem section and enter the code.
The Google ecosystem does work! When you log in to your Google Play account on your desktop computer, laptop, or a tablet and getting ready to download your favorite movies, music, books or Apps. Once, the process is completed from any of the above devices. Note: your android smart phone must be configured correctly for example setting up your Gmail account to automatic log in. Then the movie or app you just downloaded from Google Play through your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet it will automatically show up on your Android smart phone! Everything comes in full circle.
- If you ever used iTunes in the past, Google Play is no different the way it’s basic functions. Due to my own experiences that have been successful, Google Play is all web base applications and nothing to install on your computer in which ITunes client will need to be installed. So simple to operate and make Google Play your entertainment hub! Hope you enjoy this article and you have questions or concerns please let us know and good luck! Don’t forget to take a look at the images, so you will have an idea to what is like with Google Play.