Can I share my Google Play "cloud" music with a family member?
I've uploaded all of our music to Google's "music in the cloud". I can play it on my Android phone (Droid X). I'd like my wife to be able to play it as well on her HTC Incredible).
Is this allowed?
How do I do it?
(One way would be for her to log in as me but that seems like it might cause problems with both of us logged into my account).
Any music you purchase via Google Play Store or upload via Google Music Manager application is tied to whichever Google account you selected within the app under
Menu -> Settings -> Google Play account. Starting with Android 2.2 (a.k.a. Froyo) you can add multiple Google accounts on Android devices (phones, tablets, Google TVs, etc.) Therefore if your relatives' handset/tablet supports multiple Google accounts, you can add your own account under
Settings -> Accounts & syncon their device, and then within their Play Music app's settings you should be able to change the account to yours. The music should then be available on their device to stream/download.
Isn't this option granting the family member/friend full access to the user's account?
@Dror: Yes, but it's the only way to do it. You can't share the music across accounts.
@Dror Alternatively, you can create a new Google account specifically for music purchases and add it to both your and your wife's phones. That way personal stuff like email and calendars can stay separate while music (and maybe books as well) can go on the shared account. Just don't forget to switch accounts in Play Store before buying music or books.