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Last Updated: March 11th, 2013

There's no denying the value in Google Music – it lets you store all of your tunes in the cloud and take them everywhere you go without using up precious free space on your device. The problem is, however, that you have to use Google's proprietary player to stream the music. If you prefer something like PowerAMP, Winamp, or one of the many other media players in the Play Store, you're simply out of luck.

Not accepting that as a be-all-end-all, XDA Developers forum member bubbleguuum decided to come up with a way to bring GMusic's cloud-stored tracks to other media players. The end result is GMusicFS, an application for rooted devices that does just that.

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The app itself is pretty simple in nature: it accesses your Google account, imports track information, then mounts the cloud drive as local storage. In turn, most other media players can not only see, but play all the media directly from the cloud. It's pretty brilliant.

It's worth mentioning that the application is still in beta, and while it should run on Android 4.0+, some users (myself included) haven't been able to get it to work. At this point, the results are pretty hit and miss, as the source thread is scattered with reports of both success and failure. Either way, the idea is solid, and for those users who can get it to work, it's a fantastic solution. Head to this thread over at XDA to download and give it a shot.

[via Reddit]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Chris Sanner

    hey Google. DO THIS.

  • BootAnimator

    Hey Google, just release a music API. Problem solved.

    • mikeGsays

      Thank GOD, now someone with some actual skill can design a fully functional, themeable GMusic player that doesn't reboot my SGSIII every 3 hours of playing for no apparent reason

      • ProductFRED

        The Google Music app is pretty terrible, but more from an aesthetic standpoint than a functional one. It works, but it's a bit laggy on my S3 i9300 as well (Quad-Core model, at that), and just looks generally crappy.

    • Larizard

      i really think this is coming. Along with a redesigned (Holo-fied) app, with the announcement of the Streaming service. Maybe at Google I/O.

      • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

        I think you're forgetting that the Play Music app used to strictly follow the Holo design guidelines, but it has evolved from there.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          It follows the guidelines, technically, but it's hideously ugly, and functionally it's very confusing to use. The blue background is horrible. Hopefully it gets completely overhauled. Have you read Ron's Stock Android Isn't Perfect - 4.2 edition? He completely rips Play Music apart there.

    • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

      Exactly. I would love to see Google Music support in PowerAmp

    • yep

      If your phone doesn't accept the 64 gigger and you use gmusic your jew.

      • Guest

        because loading songs is the wave of the futrue right.....Your jew for not realzing how amazing simply downloading and BAM its on ALL yur devices...I have 5 different android devices streaming from the same account so my 320+gb collection is on every device I own while only using my external hdd to store them....Now STFU and move on troll...cause you bad at it bro..

  • TOMMMMMM

    I've got it working great on my Nexus 4 using PowerAMP
    Really an ingenious implementation by the developer here.

  • TechGuy21

    this is why the android community rocks.

  • http://twitter.com/Blp31023 Brian Parkerson

    It's also possible to do this without root using an app called Cloud Music Importer by Sapien Mobile, LLC. It does a pretty good job. I've used this in combination with Power Amp for over a year now and it has won me over. I'm not intending to troll here, just trying to help out the Android Community with other options. Even us without an ARM 15 CPU and that don't root need love too!

    • Justin Winker

      It's not an A15 CPU - it's just got to be an ARM CPU. I have a Nexus 4 (S4 Pro is NOT an A15) and was able to get it to work (Use the HELP SECTION, people!).

      • http://twitter.com/Blp31023 Brian Parkerson

        Thanks for clearing that up for me... I misunderstood!

        • Justin Winker

          No problem!

  • jnehama

    I got it to work on a Galaxy S3 running Carbon rom. The trick was to open the music player, in my case Playerpro and then have GFS scan and mount system. If I scanned first playerpro could "see" the files but not play them.

  • silaslenz

    Works pretty good on my nexus 4 with Cyanogenmod and Apollo.

  • Justin Winker

    Something a lot of people will overlook - you must unmount the system, open the alternate music application, remount the system, then go into the music application and you should be able to access your Play music. There is a delay for loading time (since it is playing it directly from the cloud), but it does work for the most part.

  • oomatter

    Works just fine on my GNex with a little tweaking.

  • Ivan Myring

    I'm wearing my wife's knickers!

  • AndroidAppsForWork.com

    Nice post. I can wait to try out this app. One question, when I listen to music on the train, many times I am under a tunnel. Do I need 3g/4g or wifi to be able to listen to the music from the cloud? http://www.AndroidAppsForWork.com

  • Matt Street

    I want to know why I can't use a song I bought from Google as a ring tone or with my alarm clock once I've told it to store it locally on the device.

  • Brian Duncan

    Awesome - got it to work with Beat Hazard Ultra on a Nexus 10

    • Matthew Fry

      Nice integration idea! Hadn't thought of that yet.

  • JG

    So we can mount & access data from our Music accounts... hmmm..... Are we able to do the same for Movie/TV or Books/Magazines? And would it be read only or do we have write access as well? Just thinking it could be nice to be able to merge my Kindle library with my Google Books library, or my Digital Download movies into Google Movie.... And/or be able to back up my libraries in case something happens to my Google account...

    • Christopher Cotton

      cant see why it wouldnt be able to but i think he designed it for use with just gmusic atm...I would put a reply on his thread and see what he says

  • Marcel Dingemanse

    For me it worked. I got all my music from google online visible in poweramp.
    What i dont like is the fact that after removing this app none of my downloaded music files were playable with google play music app. So i had to re-download my favorites.
    Too bad.
    Anyway i enjoy using the google music app. It does everything i need for playing music.
    What i definitly would like to see is compatibility with windows media center.
    That would be awesome!

  • Somebody

    Cloud Music already lets you do this without the need for rooting.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sapien.music.importer

    • Christopher Cotton

      that downloads music you select to your device from what i understand this app simply streams the music more similar to gmusic but to any player

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    You should have known there was going to be a catch something. Google music is still a good app, but like everything else, it has it's kinks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/azim.affandi Azim Affandi

    Awesome!! Works like a charm on my Xperia S with the default Walkman app.

  • Big Khan

    What if your phone is not rooted, can this app work to allow Google music support in PowerAmp.