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ARM Chromebooks Can Now Upload Music to Google Play

If you’re an owner of an ARM-based Chromebook you’ll be pleased to hear you can finally upload music to Google Play from your Chromebook.

The browser-based music upload feature that Google launched last March has, until now, been restricted to use on Windows, Mac and Linux and Chrome OS devices running on an Intel processor.

No more. Chromium developers this week confirmed that all Chromebooks, including those based on the ARM architecture, can now use browser uploading and use the desktop mini-player app to control playback.

Upload Music to Google Play Via the Browser

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To get started with browser uploads to Google Play Music on your Chromebook (assuming you have access to it, as it’s still not available in a handful of countries):

  1. Open the Google Play Music website in a new tab
  2. Click the ‘Add Music’ button in the right-hand corner

If you already have the Play Music “Mini-Player” app installed you will see a sheet with a button that lets you select mp3s, folders, etc. to upload to the cloud.

If you don’t have the mini-player installed you will be prompted to install it. For the upload feature to work you have to install this app (even if you don’t plan on using the desktop mini-player).

upload music to google play

That’s all there is to it.

Remember that Google allows you to upload 25,000 tracks for free, excluding music bought from the Play Store, which doesn’t count against the limit. If your library is pretty huge — in which case it’s probably not living on your Chromebook! — you may need to get choosey about what you add.

  • Lou G

    My Samsung ARM Chromebook and I thank you.

    • JUDGE

      My HP by Google too!!!

  • FILA

    20,000 songs, not 25,000. I wish Google would set the limit higher, or if you bought more Drive space why not add that to it to. I havent reached that limit by far yet, Im just thinking about the future. I want to continue to add music for life on Google

  • FILA

    Im the proud new owner of my first chromebook. Been looking at them for a while and finally took the plunge. Sammy Chromebook 2 with intel, very nice and love it.

  • Is there a way to rip a CD into Google Play? That would be the killer app. I still have to use iTunes for the ripping, and then have Play automatically add whatever I’ve ripped to iTunes. Been waiting a long time to be able to rip direct into Play.

    • Nils Jakobi

      As most chromebooks don’t have a CD drive i guess there is no such app (at least not coming from google) right now.

    • ForSquirel

      That sounds like a lot of work. If you use the Music Manager(on a supported system) and just monitor the music folders it does it automagically.

  • mikebar

    Check out this awesome new extension for chrome!


    Good update for my Drive!!! But what a mess this mini player which can only be launched when Play Music is open… and how to distinguished the icon from Play Music?? hmm??? It needs some little updates anew… Missing: an equalizer and all will be OK!!

  • jj

    Great news. Been waiting for this feature for soo long. Thank you Google.

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