Google Music has hidden daily streaming limits… but you probably won’t ever notice


Google Music is a free service that you can use to upload as many as 20,000 songs to the cloud and stream them to a computer or an Android device. But it turns out that Google doesn’t offer unlimited streaming.

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Droid Life reports that David Wanless found out there’s an unadvertised daily streaming limit. It’s awfully hard to reach, and Google says most users will never encounter the error message. But it does exist.

Wanless wasn’t just streaming music non-stop to one device. He actually logged into his Google Music account on 2 Android tablets, his Android smartphone, 3 computers, and iPhones for three different people.

In other words, it’s completely feasible that four or more people were streaming a lot of music from one account in one day… and that’s what it took for Google to send an error message saying that Wanless had reached his limit.

So I wouldn’t worry too much about hitting the limits… but I suppose it’s good to know that they exist.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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