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sicario666

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I just came back to Android from iOS. Obviously there was iTunes but what's the method to buying music on Android? Please help me out

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You can still purchase mp3 tracks on Amazon -- you just have to do it on the desktop site using your computer browser (or go to the Amazon site on your phone's browser and then use the Request Desktop Site option in the browser menu). You can find it in the Amazon Music>Download Store section. For whatever reason, the Download Store is not available if you're on the mobile site.

There's no longer any option to purchase music through Google Play -- you'd have to subscribe to YouTube Music instead.
 
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You can still purchase mp3 tracks on Amazon -- you just have to do it on the desktop site using your computer browser (or go to the Amazon site on your phone's browser and then use the Request Desktop Site option in the browser menu). You can find it in the Amazon Music>Download Store section. For whatever reason, the Download Store is not available if you're on the mobile site.

There's no longer any option to purchase music through Google Play -- you'd have to subscribe to YouTube Music instead.
I'm very surprised Google doesn't have a method comparable to iTunes. To be honest, it's kinda lame. It's a let down

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I'm guessing it was a business decision -- maybe they found that not many people were purchasing mp3 tracks or albums, and instead going the streaming subscription route.
 

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I understand that people like streaming, but not this guy. I like to have music if I lose a data signal. I went ahead and downloaded an album on Amazon. Now I have to figure out how to copy and paste it so Poweramp will see it within my existing library.

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Assuming you downloaded it to your PC, connect your phone to the PC via USB, swipe down the notification panel and tap the USB connection notification, and make sure it's set to File Transfer. Then use Windows File Explorer to copy the album's folder to the /Music directory on the phone.
 

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Also, keep in mind that you can upload all of your existing music files to your YouTube Music account, so that you can stream them on any device that's logged into your Google account: https://support.google.com/youtubemusic/answer/9716522?hl=en. I realize that you'd rather have your music saved locally, but this can be helpful for other devices you have that don't also have those music files locally stored.
 

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I've always downloaded songs and transferred music from CDs using iTunes so that's what I have on my Pixel...M4A files. I play them with the Pi Music Player app.
I didn't like the YouTube music app at all as there would be a pause between each song as if the app were buffering or something.
 

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If you have iTunes on your PC, download Double Twist. Then download it for your phone. Connect your phone to the PC via USB. Follow all of the prompts. Everything in iTunes will transfer to your Pixel. I have about 33G of music on my phone. That took about an hour to transfer. The phone app is free and there is a paid version that has more features.
When you download new music you can do the process again to bring that over. If you can figure out the file structure of where everything is stored, you can copy it over without running the program.

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I'm a fan of owning (most of) my music as well, but part of that is possibly based on my generation... :confused:

I use MediaMonkey to play/sync between PC <-> Android, it's decently featured, IMHO, and is pretty consistent/reliable.
I've used double-twist back in the WinPhone days, since it was one of the few, easy, portable apps for those, and a PC (or almost any platform).
 

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I'm a fan of owning (most of) my music as well, but part of that is possibly based on my generation... :confused:

I use MediaMonkey to play/sync between PC <-> Android, it's decently featured, IMHO, and is pretty consistent/reliable.
I've used double-twist back in the WinPhone days, since it was one of the few, easy, portable apps for those, and a PC (or almost any platform).
Does media monkey work with itunes?

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Does media monkey work with itunes?

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I don't believe so, beyond importing some non-DRM stuff, like playlists and such.

I have seen tools that claim to "convert" them, but this is a bit "iffy", on a lot of counts, depending on your take...
 

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I stream music with Google YT music. You can download anything from a few songs to entire play lists. I've done this many times for long flights. True you never own the songs, but you still play them when offline.
 

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YouTube Music is a pretty good avenue for music listening! Subscription isn't too bad as far as prices go. Spotify is also an option.
 

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I stream music with Google YT music. You can download anything from a few songs to entire play lists. I've done this many times for long flights. True you never own the songs, but you still play them when offline.
Well you never really own any songs anymore. CDs and CD players are a thing of the past. I just like having my tracks on my device rather than streaming.

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Buy music from your local stores on CD format and rip them to your PC in FLAC format then copy to your phone. Either that or just check albums out from your local library and do the same. You are making a non issue into an issue tbh
 

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Buy music from your local stores on CD format and rip them to your PC in FLAC format then copy to your phone. Either that or just check albums out from your local library and do the same. You are making a non issue into an issue tbh

Where to get music and how to get it safely are legitimate questions! When Google Play Music morphed into YouTube I was in a similar situation. What may be problematic or concerning for some phone users may not be for others -- either way, it's all good!
 

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I understand that people like streaming, but not this guy. I like to have music if I lose a data signal. I went ahead and downloaded an album on Amazon. Now I have to figure out how to copy and paste it so Poweramp will see it within my existing library.

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I'm in the same boat as you. I need to have mp3s on my phone because I do not have unlimited data for streaming and when I'm on an airplane I need the mp3s there too. I have Apple and Google products so I still buy my stuff on Apple iTunes and then I convert it to mp3s and then I use an Android transfer app to transfer it to my phone. It's a pain in the butt but at least it's working lol.

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I'm in the same boat as you. I need to have mp3s on my phone because I do not have unlimited data for streaming and when I'm on an airplane I need the mp3s there too. I have Apple and Google products so I still buy my stuff on Apple iTunes and then I convert it to mp3s and then I use an Android transfer app to transfer it to my phone. It's a pain in the butt but at least it's working lol.

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Care to explain your process?I have a lot of music bought on itunes and it would be nice to continue buying there and convert it for use on my pixel.

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