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    Angry Deleting music files from device, but not library

    Have done some searching on the forums, but haven't found this particular question addressed. Hope someone can help!

    So, I have a bunch of music in the cloud via Google Music. Quite a lot of those songs are also stored on my Nexus 10 and I'm running out of space. Logically, then, I want to delete songs from my device. However, they are still in the cloud and I want them to still show up in my library so I can stream them.

    As far as I can tell, though, there's no way to do this, at least not from within the music app. When I delete a song, a warning message pops up and tells me I won't be able to access this song anymore in my Library (on any device). I've deleted a few songs and that's indeed what's happened.

    Any advice? Thanks in advance for any help!
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    Default Re: Deleting music files from device, but not library

    Welcome to Android Central! I don't think there's an easy way within the Google Play Music app to do that. You're better off using a file manager app to delete the music tracks or albums from your local music folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Welcome to Android Central! I don't think there's an easy way within the Google Play Music app to do that. You're better off using a file manager app to delete the music tracks or albums from your local music folder.

    I agree! a file manager app or connect to their PC/Mac and delete them via that. Then use the Google Music "pin" feature to keep any music On the device they need. that way later they can just "un pin" when they no longer need it on the device
    I think your skills are improving.
    Moto X
    Nexus10 2012
    2 Nexus 7 2013s [My Children's]
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    Default Re: Deleting music files from device, but not library

    What folder does Google Play Music store downloaded music in, in Kit Kat? And can I use a file manager to delete those files on an un-rooted phone?
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    The best way would be to tell Google play music to only display local content. Then just un-pin what you don't want on the device.

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    Craig
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    Default Re: Deleting music files from device, but not library

    Quote Originally Posted by J4030 View Post
    What folder does Google Play Music store downloaded music in, in Kit Kat? And can I use a file manager to delete those files on an un-rooted phone?
    Quote Originally Posted by mavrrick View Post
    The best way would be to tell Google play music to only display local content. Then just un-pin what you don't want on the device.

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    For those still wondering....songs cached and pinned by Google music are stored in a directory you need root access to get to. If you're running out of space, you can clear these songs by going into the application manager and just clearing the data and cache for the Google Music app.

    If you still want to pin certain songs and playlists, you will have to go through that process over again.
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    Removed comment as I was wrong after checking.

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    Craig
    Phone :: BB880>>BB9000>>Captivate>>Galaxy Note1>>Galaxy Note 3
    Tablet :: B&N Nook >> Xoom >> Nexus 10
    Game/Mini-PC :: Zealz G802 >> Ouya

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