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    Default Chromecast Saying Sideloaded Music can't play

    I just got my chromecast in the mail today an everything is working great except for when I try to play music from the Google Play Music app. It keeps showing up an error message saying the device can not play side loaded music. I download all my music free from another app that I got in the Google play store and have never had a problem playing my music through the Google music app. It works fine excpet for when I try to play it through chromecast. I am unsure if you are only allowed to play music that is bought through play store or not. I really would like to play the songs I have on here now without having to go purchase them. Any help would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Chromecast Saying Sideloaded Music can't play

    It has to play from the cloud, you need to upload your "purchased" music to it, then it will play.
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    Ya, Chromecast will not at the present time play video or music stored on your phone or tablet. You will have to upload the music files into your Google music account first to let Chromecast access them.

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    Default Re: Chromecast Saying Sideloaded Music can't play

    What is the easiest way to do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kansasandroid1 View Post
    What is the easiest way to do that?
    1. Copy the music to your PC,
    2. Install the Google Music Manager (https://play.google.com/music/listen#/manager)
    3. Point it at the music files

    Your Google account gives you access to store 20,000 songs online, free.
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    Any chance you have a device with an SD card and that's where the music is stored?

    I'm trying to find out if that makes a difference, but don't have a device that has one.
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    Nope, wont make a difference.
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    Having the same problem. I have songs that I bought through Google Play that bring up that error message ("can't play sideloaded songs") when I try to stream them through Chromecast. What one commenter on another forum discovered is that even if music is uploaded to Google Play and/or even if you bought the song through Google Play, if the song that triggers an error is stored locally, on the phone/SD card, you will get that error. The commenter went on to say that when s/he pulled out his/her SD card and then tried to stream to Chromecast, using the Google Music app, that same song played fine. I did the same thing, and it worked...a song triggered the error message. I pulled out the SD card, went back to the Google Music app and tapped Play again and the same song streamed to the Chromecast; the song even continued to play when I slipped the SD card back in while the song was in the middle of playing. However, after slipping the SD card back in, I tapped play again, and the error re-appeared. It seems this something Google will have to address.
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    Mrsimps, this is what I was referring to.

    I have a number of songs stored locally on my Nexus 10 and my Nexus 4, that are also in the Google Play Music cloud. I'm not prevented from playing them.

    A family member is having trouble playing songs that are stored locally that are also in the cloud. The only difference as far as I can tell is that they are stored on an SD card, and even though they are in his Google Play Music account, he can't play them.

    Very strange.
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    Another reason to ditch the SD card concept
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    Yup. It definitely seems to have a problem playing any music from the cloud using my note 2. I have all music on the sd card *AND* in the cloud. I'm always getting the "cannot play sideloaded" music error. Sucks. They need to figure that out.
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    Vansmack, strange, indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ioo View Post
    1. Copy the music to your PC,
    2. Install the Google Music Manager (https://play.google.com/music/listen#/manager)
    3. Point it at the music files

    Your Google account gives you access to store 20,000 songs online, free.

    Would that work for my iTunes files on my computer since I gave up on my iPhone and got a Android phone a year ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shilohcane View Post
    Would that work for my iTunes files on my computer since I gave up on my iPhone and got a Android phone a year ago.
    Yes. Google Music Manager will upload music from your iTunes folder. I do it all the time.

    If you purchase additional songs via iTunes (ex: Someone gives you an iTunes Gift Card), it should automatically upload the new songs to Google Music Play.
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    Default Re: Chromecast Saying Sideloaded Music can't play

    Google anything + SD card is likely to feel a little disjointed on a go forward basis starting in approximately 2011.
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    Screw them. I'm not loading all my music on the cloud. I'll write my own Chromecasting music player for Android first. This will play any local or DLNA music to Chromecast.
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    The problem has nothing to do with music loaded to the Google Cloud . My music is already there (bout 8 months now) and I still get the error. I notice that my Nexus 7 (Android 4.3) does not have this issue. However, my GNexus (Android 4.2) has the problem. I think the more logical explanation might be the software update??????
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    Default Re: Chromecast Saying Sideloaded Music can't play

    Chromecast has DRM built in. Hence the Netflix streaming. You're trying to play downloaded songs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodan View Post
    Chromecast has DRM built in. Hence the Netflix streaming. You're trying to play downloaded songs.
    Well all of my songs are downloaded.. so, none of my songs can be played using my chromecast? I uploaded my entire music library to google music, and while i can't seem to play songs that I have stored locally on my phone, songs that are just on the cloud work fine. When I use my nexus 7, i can choose any song I want, and it will play. I think this is because I dont have any songs stored locally on the tablets internal memory.
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    For clairification is this affecting BOTH music that is downloaded/saved for offline use via the Google music app AND music loaded to the device vial PC or other method?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlyn16 View Post
    For clairification is this affecting BOTH music that is downloaded/saved for offline use via the Google music app AND music loaded to the device vial PC or other method?
    In my testing, the source of the transfer of the music doesn't matter - it's the storage location of the music that matters. It seems to be working like this:

    (1) If the song is only on your device and not uploaded in Google Play Music, you can't cast it regardless of whether it's on an SD Card or the main storage.

    (2) If the song is uploaded in GPM and stored on your device with no SD Card, then it can be cast (I can confirm this on a Nexus 4 and Nexus 10). I have songs both pinned and stored in a separate Music Folder.

    (3) If the song is uploaded in GPM and stored on the SD Card of your device, then it can't be cast (I can confirm this on a GS2). It's not yet clear to me if the GS2 stores pinned music in the main storage - I will try to test tonight.

    Any others seeing different results?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmack View Post
    In my testing, the source of the transfer of the music doesn't matter - it's the storage location of the music that matters. It seems to be working like this:

    (1) If the song is only on your device and not uploaded in Google Play Music, you can't cast it regardless of whether it's on an SD Card or the main storage.

    (2) If the song is uploaded in GPM and stored on your device with no SD Card, then it can be cast (I can confirm this on a Nexus 4 and Nexus 10). I have songs both pinned and stored in a separate Music Folder.

    (3) If the song is uploaded in GPM and stored on the SD Card of your device, then it can't be cast (I can confirm this on a GS2). It's not yet clear to me if the GS2 stores pinned music in the main storage - I will try to test tonight.

    Any others seeing different results?
    I can vouch for #3 on my Razr M. When I took off the side loaded music on my SD card everything played. When I pinned a playlist (goes to internal memory) everything plays. I'm my case it as the use of an SD card that caused the problems.

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    I'm not entirely sure about this. I just pinned a-ha Scoundrel Days in google music and it Casts fine. So IF you have the music uploaded to Google music services, then downloaded to the device via pinning then you can still cast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlyn16 View Post
    I'm not entirely sure about this. I just pinned a-ha Scoundrel Days in google music and it Casts fine. So IF you have the music uploaded to Google music services, then downloaded to the device via pinning then you can still cast.
    Yes, pinning puts it in the internal memory, so it works.

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    So the issue isnt with music being stored on the device, it is with Google Music needing to know the music stored ont he device is identical to the one in the cloud.
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