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How to Get Music from the Google Play Store for an Android Phone

It’s possible to get your music from the same source where you get apps for your Android phone — the Google Play Store. The music you buy at the Play Store isn’t downloaded to your phone. It shows up, but it plays over the Internet. That means you can hear it only when the phone has an Internet connection.

Here’s how to get music from the Google Play Store:

  1. Touch the Apps icon in the Play Music app to view the navigation drawer.

  2. Choose Shop.

    The Play Store app starts, immediately whisking you to the Music part of the store.

  3. Use the Search icon to help you locate music, or just browse the categories.

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

    Eventually you’ll 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 says FREE for free music.

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

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

  5. To buy music, 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 or Confirm button.

    The song or album is added to the music library.

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

All music sales are final.

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

Music you purchase from the Google Play Music store is available on any mobile Android device with the Play Music app installed, provided you use the same Google account on that device. You can also listen to your tunes by visiting the music.google.com site on any computer connected to the Internet.

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