Google launched its music streaming service, Google Play Music, at I/O 2013 and has since improved it by including YouTube Red. With the $10 all-access individual plan, you get unlimited music and an ad-free experience on YouTube, which can be an awesome deal. But Google’s 10 device authorization limit for streaming music can sometimes get in the way…
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Due to copyright laws, Google wants to make sure people are not taking advantage of their Play Music accounts, which is why they have to enforce a 10 device limit. The caveat, though, is that you are only allowed to deauthorize a maximum of four devices per calendar year.
While most users will probably not have an issue with this, there are times — especially if you’re an Android writer, for example — that you just don’t want to use up one of your authorizations. Thankfully, there’s an imperfect solution: streaming from your phone or tablet’s mobile browser.
Full instructions below, in case you don’t know how to do this:
- Open up the Chrome browser on your phone or tablet
- Go to music.google.com. A splashscreen will load and direct you to the Play Music app to listen to music
- Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right-hand side of the screen and check the box next to Request desktop site
- The website should now automatically reload with the full desktop version of the webpage
- You will now be able to scroll around the website and start listening to music without using one of your device authorizations