Google will now limit you to four de-authorizations of Google Play Music each year

Google will now limit you to four de-authorizations of Google Play Music each year
Google is now limiting the number of de-authorizations for Google Play Music users, to four devices per year. Google does allow each account to connect up to ten devices with the service, although only four of them get All Access. If you do bump up against the ten device limit, think twice about which devices you are authorizing, because four de-authorizations could be reached very quickly under those circumstances.

Back in 2012, Google had originally placed a limit of four de-authorizations a year. Back then, a public outcry followed Google's announcement, which led to a reversal. This time, it doesn't look like this will be the case. And if you do go over the limit, don't expect a stern warning from Google. Instead of a message, it just won't remove the device you requested.

Even if you don't switch devices often, you could run into the limit. Each time you do a factory reset, Google creates a duplicate device. And Google has been known to accidentally dupe a device for no reason. Perhaps if the crew in Mountain View were to give a reason for the limit, everyone would be more understanding.

If you can get a Google rep on the phone who is having a good day, apparently he can clean out your entire authorized device list in 24 hours, and let you start from the beginning with four de-authorizations to your name. But this seems to be a courtesy that Google will give you once a year, and only if you ask nicely.


source:  AndroidPolice via MobileSyrup

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70 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iOMG, such an Apple move; Larry must've gotten in bed with the devil last night, what's his name .... has something to do with "Labor"??

9. stealthd unregistered

Apple doesn't want to have policies like this any more than Google does. It's policies they have to have to keep those music services. Who do you think pushed for iTunes to go DRM, do you think it was the music industry? (Hint: it wasn't)

14. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why doesn't Spotify do it?

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Spotify does have a limit. You can listen to offline music on 3 devices with a maximum of 3.333 songs. Streaming is allowed on only 1 device at a time.

23. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm talking about streaming music only. Right now if I reach the limit Google has set and buy a new phone I won't be able to use all access on it even though I'm paying for the service.

25. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Same here. If I was to buy new phone I am not able to use All Access on it even if I pay for it every month. How is that fair? Once again people, the problem is not 10 devices limit. The problem is that it won't allow you to deauthorize more than 4. Heck I had to return my Nexus 7 two times to google for defects, and now I used 3 devices on my account. Why am I being punished for their manufacturing problems?

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Apple, of course, this way they can keep iCharging, and iCharging, and iCharging, and i.........

29. stealthd unregistered

I actually meant DRM-free. Apple has no reason to support DRM, neither does Google. Same with this new policy. You're not making a lot of sense. . .

11. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

It's a typical Google move, a backstabbing one. Scroogled.

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Oh please, they all have limits when it comes to playing music. You're still allowed to listen on 10 devices at the same time. Get over it

2. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

I already hit the limit, called Google, but they said there was nothing they could do. I now have only 6 devices activated, but can not authorize any more. And this is all because I like to play with diferent ROMs. This is BS

3. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

And they couldn't even tell me when my year started and when it is going to be over. They couldn't even tell me if a fiscal year meens Jan 1 to Dec 31

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google wants an easier job tracking people and what music they listen to. Hence the new limit.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*sigh* Google screws the people over yet again. This is a ridiculous move since many people have more than one device. Not really fair for the consumer.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yup. Totally unfair.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'd think you would like it, since it's such an Apple move. Well, if Apple has done it, you'd be the first in line to defend it.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

"This is a ridiculous move since many people have more than one device." Yes and that's why there are limits "to four devices per year" smh

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And it's only four devices you can deauthorize. The total sum of devices you can listen on, is 10. Same as for instance iTunes.

69. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

its an APPLE move u cu|\|T

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

As someone who switch devices kinda often, I think... this is some stupid sheets. Anyway, I don't use this all access thing. XD

8. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Google is yet again showing more love to iOS users. Buy a new iPhone, restore old iPhone back up and Google treats it as one iPhone. Have an android device restore to factory, put new ROM on it and Google is treating it as 2 phones. Ridiculous

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Restoring a back-up and flashing a new ROM is not the the same thing. The same applies to both iPhone and Android. smh

20. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Shake your head as much as you want, but try to use it for a change. I am talking about 2 iPhones and 1 (ONE) android. In the end Google is treating two iPhones as one device and ONE android as 2 (TWO) devices

15. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

"Your Music library is accessible from any computer, as well as up to ten devices." ANY computer and TEN devices. Add in the four deauthorizations and that's actually FOURTEEN devices. That is enough for anyone. Go find something else to QQ about.

16. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why is there a limit anyway? You can use one device at a time so the limit is pointless.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You can, but others who use your pass count as more... Really, dude?

21. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Nobody is saying that is not enough. The problem is (if you read the article) that Google somehow treats your one phone as two, three even four devices if you restore it to factory, or put new ROM on it. It should go by device's EMEI # not how many times you sign in Google on the same device. Capisce

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I see I'm close to my limit to because of Google L coming out an me flashing it, and my Nexus stable. This is interesting, finally something I don't like about Android. I'm actually kind of excited, this is a new pickle. If I can bash other OS, I can also bash this implementation too. This is rubbish Google, fix it.

32. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yes, a good example of why Google needs more regulation (because they never will become a better company on their own; that is incompatible with the profit motive). Basically Google does whatever they want and tells their customers to suck it.

36. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I seriously doubt regulation is needed. My hunch is, they fix Rom flashing issue within next 90 days.

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