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    Default Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    I have 20GB of music stored on my N5 and had been using Poweramp for MP3 playback. I wanted to try All Access so I opened up Play Music, but I don't see anyway to play the music that is stored locally on the phone. Is there a way to do this?

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    They changed "On Device" to "Downloaded," and I don't know if that is really only for music downloaded directly from Google Play Music, or if it will play any locally stored tracks. Does anything come up when you flip that Downloaded switch?

    EDIT: I just tested it myself by copying one of my ringtone mp3's from the Ringtone folder to the Music folder. Then I switched the Google Play Music setting to show Downloaded Only. Apart from songs that have been temporarily cached from my recent listening, the only other song that showed up was that ringtone mp3 (I otherwise don't transfer any music to local storage). So that option should work for you. If you don't see the music initially, try the Refresh Music option in the Google Play Music settings.

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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    On my LG G3, if you have a file manager, and the tracks are in a folder by album, I can move them to the Music directory and Google Music recognizes them.
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    Local music should show up in the listen now section. Honestly that used to irritate me about play music.
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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    All my mp3's are in the "music" directory on my internal storage. But if I turn on airplane mode (to see if it will work offline) everything is greyed out. I thought I remembered seeing a toggle under "My Library" for "on device" but I don't see that anymore.

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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    They changed "On Device" to "Downloaded," and I don't know if that is really only for music downloaded directly from Google Play Music, or if it will play any locally stored tracks. Does anything come up when you flip that Downloaded switch?

    EDIT: I just tested it myself by copying one of my ringtone mp3's from the Ringtone folder to the Music folder. Then I switched the Google Play Music setting to show Downloaded Only. Apart from songs that have been temporarily cached from my recent listening, the only other song that showed up was that ringtone mp3 (I otherwise don't transfer any music to local storage). So that option should work for you. If you don't see the music initially, try the Refresh Music option in the Google Play Music settings.
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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    I tried your method and it didn't work. Is your music directory the normal one on internal storage or a different folder?

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    On google play doesn't have a library? There it shows all my music...
    Also in settings there is a re-new music selection.
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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    Quote Originally Posted by kgeissler View Post
    I tried your method and it didn't work. Is your music directory the normal one on internal storage or a different folder?

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    Internal Storage--just the "Music" folder that is off the main root directory.
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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Internal Storage--just the "Music" folder that is off the main root directory.
    That is where I put mine...I don't get it.
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    Did you Refresh Music in the Google Play Music Settings?

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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Did you Refresh Music in the Google Play Music Settings?
    Yes...several times. Even cleared the cache for the app.
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    Durnit. Scratching my head here, not sure what else to try.
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    Default Re: Can Google Play Music play locally stored MP3's?

    I figured out the problem and feel like an *****, but I had a ".nomedia" file in my music folder..

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    Ah-ha! I didn't think of mentioning that, because I didn't think that would be the case in a folder full of media!😊 Glad you figured it out.

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