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How to Buy Music for Your Android Tablet

It’s possible to get music for your Android tablet from the same source where you get apps for your Android tablet — the Google Play Store. Getting music is covered right here:

  1. Open the Play Store app.

    You can find the app on the Home screen or, like all apps, in the Apps drawer. You can also get to the Google Play Store by choosing the Shop item on the Play Music app’s navigation drawer.

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  2. Choose the Music category.

    The Music category is shown at the main screen. If you visited the Google Play Music store from the Play Music app, you’re already viewing the Music category.

  3. Use the Search command to locate music you want, or just browse the categories.

    Keep an eye out for free music offers at the Play Store. It’s a great way to pick up some tunes.

    Eventually, you see a page showing details about the song or album. Choose a song from the list to hear a preview. The button next to the song or album indicates the purchase price, or it says Free, for free music.

  4. Touch the FREE button to get a free song, or touch the BUY or price button to purchase a song or album.

    Don’t worry — you’re not buying anything yet.

  5. Choose your credit card or payment source.

    If a credit card or payment source doesn’t appear, choose the Add Card option to add a payment method. Sign up with Google Checkout and submit your credit card or other payment information.

    You may be prompted to type your Google password.

  6. Touch the Buy button or Confirm button.

    The song or album is added to your music library.

The music you buy at the Play Store isn’t downloaded to your tablet. It shows up, but it plays only over an Internet connection.

  • You eventually receive a Gmail message listing a summary of your purchase.

  • All music sales are final.

  • When you see a song or album you kind of want, or you just can’t make up your mind, touch the Wishlist icon. This action saves the song or album on your Google Play Store wish list, which you can review later. To access your current wish list, choose the Wishlist item from the navigation drawer.

  • If you plan to download, or pin, an album or multiple songs, connect to a Wi-Fi network. That way, you don’t run the risk of encountering a data surcharge on your cellular plan.

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