Four years ago Google launched an online music service that you could use to upload as many as 20,000 songs to the cloud and stream them to your web browser, phone or tablet.
The service is free for users in supported countries, although Play Music is also home to Google’s subscription-based “All Access” streaming music service which lets you listen to millions of tunes for a monthly fee.
You can upload your music library to Google Play using the Google Music Manager app or a Chrome Web app. Once your music is online you can use the Play Music app on your mobile device or open up any supported web browser and visit play.google.com/music to start streaming your tracks (or to manage your music library or download music). You can also create instant mixes to play more songs from your library that are similar to any one track you select.
Fun fact: Google says each song you upload can be as large as 300MB. Multiple that by 50,000 and theoretically Google is offering users up to 15 TB of free storage for music (although I suspect most songs will be much, much smaller).
I’ve bee using Play Music pretty much since the service launched, and so far my music library only has about 12,000 songs… but it’s nice to know I probably won’t run out of space anytime soon.