Google's Play Music likes to auto-delete downloaded songs from one's SD card

Google's Play Music likes to auto-delete downloaded songs from one's SD card
If you have been using Play Music All Access to download some songs for offline listening, you may have noticed that these songs have a tendency to disappear. If you haven't experienced that yet – here's a warning.

Setting Play Music to cache and store its data on an external SD card, instead of the phone's storage, will result in that data being wiped every time you turn off / restart the phone. This means that if you load up 10 albums to listen to during a trip, you must not shut down the phone at any point, else you risk to lose them.

A simple fix is to just use the phone's internal storage, provided you have the room. The good news is that Google is aware of this bug and is working to rectify it. Any reports that it is an intentional feature due to copyright concerns are false, though it does seem to have something to do with how the app handles the copyright protection (DRM) features.

Do you use Play Music's All Access? Any issues with self-deleting songs?

source: Android Police via Ubergizmo



1. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Beauty of Lagdroid: Bugs and glitches everywhere. To all smart people, ditch Lagdroid, use Apple and its greatest services. To all butthurt fandroids, butthurt all you want ROFL. No one makes money with Lagdroid.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Is there a special reason they're keeping you around when they always eventually get around to banning other people's accounts and some of the Patriot alts? I can't put my finger on this websites moderation enforcement here.

6. BoobyBuster

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 18, 2015

Truth hurts. Keep using your Lagdroid ROFL. No one makes money with lagdroid.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Is that why last year 1 billion Android smart phones sold. This year close to 1.2 billion Android smart phones are going to sell. Yet in your retarded mind no one makes money with lagdroid. So you think people should go with Apple instead. If people would buy an iPhone 6, then they would only be getting a dual core 1.3 GHz CPU with 1 GB of ram, and a mid range IPS display with a resolution of only 1334x750. Something found back in 2011. Yet ignorant and gullible people like you BoobyBuster actually think that Apple makes flagship devices. With specs like that it is no wonder why Apple makes billions in profit each year. Way to go BoobyBuster keep your preaching. You know that sales motto, right? "A sucker is born every minute!". Apple needs more people like you BobbyBuster, or BoobyBuster to get the word out. I think more and more people are on to what Apple has been doing now for years, with their closed and controlled platform.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The true beauty of Android is the tears and pain it causes you by continuing to absolutely dominate the industry and come up with the features that others then copy years down the line (not to mention being the OS for the current best rated smartphone and phablet, the S6 and Note 4)

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are completely full of it.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Everything I said it's demonstrably true. It dominates the industry with roughly 8 of every 10 smartphone sold being Android. And things like tap to pay, drop down notifications, quick settings, etc... were all copied from Android. The most true statement is the pain and tears those facts cause Bobbybusted. The fact that you can't handle reality isn't my problem.

35. popcorn9499

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

they also stole our live wallpapers :P

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Or just switch to Lumia....

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You do realize that the bug mentioned in this article about songs getting deleted was an actual feature of iPhones/iPods right? Apple deliberately removed songs from their mobile devices that weren't purchased from the iTunes library. Google on the other hand is working diligently to resolve this glitch while the company you love is doing everything they can to bleed more money out of their customers. Your hypocrisy knows no limits. Here, I even got you a link so you can read up on the matter, educate yourself and know what it is you're talking about before you open your mouth and look like a fool.

26. waddup121 unregistered


30. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

With apple u cant even share your music from player through whatsapp or Messenger with your friends -.-

31. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That's funny because a lot of my songs on iTunes keeps getting deleted. So what would that solve? (And before you go there, yes... They can SOMETIMES be recovered in old music library, but most times you can't). At least Google gives me free songs every once in a while. Even got a few free and discounted albums so using both seems like a good idea.

3. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

same o potty'buster same o ¡blind 《》《》《》 ^Bm ™

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Are you TROLL, I means the user? Is this your new account?

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Google and Micro SD never went right. Except for Android L and M

7. vivaapple

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

Google Play Music looks outdated compare to other streaming apps, plus it has lot of bugs.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure. If a guy named Vivaapple says it, it must be true.

28. murphslaws

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

How does it look outdated? is that the consensus of the community or just your biased opinion. Also what bugs? what is causing issues? You keep making accusations, I do not think you know what you are talking about.

8. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

So.. no problem for Nexus or iphone!

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

I never used Google play music and never will. CM apollo, OEM music players or poweramp are much better.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But they aren't streaming services. You can only play what you have.

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

For streaming, spotify works better.

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

For player that have little customization.. google play music ui is a hassle and not intuitive.

17. Virage

Posts: 88; Member since: May 25, 2015

This is why I don't use google play music or video . Sounds like a default bug/glitch google inbeded in the software, if u used a micro sd or external sd card. Anyways, long story short (ydont use google play $music). Yessss? Yes. Good

19. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I use it. It's actually pretty darned good.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Same here, but I simply use it for the free streaming thus far so I wouldn't be impacted by the bug identified in this article.

21. 5kyNet

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 08, 2015

I'm using google music all access for over a year now. I also have my music stored on the SD card and never noticed a behaviour like described in this article. So I thing this is some kind of "this could sometimes happen" sort of bug and not as dramatic as described in this article. But there is a much bigger issue in the lates google music app/web player: since the latest update they removed some essential features like explore function and also they reduced the genres to just a hand full of major genres. It's not possible to browse through different sub genres anymore. This is much more annoying than this so called SD card issue.

23. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

Of course they are going to delete them. They need data traffic to survive and make profit. That doesn't happen if you have your music locally stored. Swift business.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's quite the shallow argument. The fact that they can locally store music on their phone from Google Play Music indicates they have a paid subscription. Google gets no money from the user's activity on the service whether they are streaming or locally storing the music as the paid service is ad free.

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