3 ways to buy music on Android

3 ways to buy music on Android
3 ways to buy music on Android

If you want to buy music on your Android device, there are several options to choose from. You can buy music tracks from the Google Play Store, using the Google Wallet payment method. Also, if you have an Amazon account, the Amazon Music app can be useful for you to browse and purchase songs. Several broadcasting services also exist and are at your disposal.


Method 1 of 3: Google Play Store

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Step 1. Update your Google Play Store

The Google Play Store app allows you to buy music on your Android device. In order to have access to the music, make sure that the latest version of Play Store is available on your device. Note that old Android devices may not be suitable for downloading the latest version from the Play Store.

  • Open the Play Store on your Android device.
  • Open the menu and enter "My applications".
  • Press the "Update All" button to install the available updates. It is better to connect to a wireless network in order to avoid the cost of Internet access.
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Step 2. Download the Google Play Music app

This application will be required in order to be able to listen to the music that you have purchased from the Google Play Store. The app is installed automatically on most new Android devices. Some devices may not tolerate it.

  • Open the Play Store and search for “Google Music” to download the app.
  • Google Music may not be available in some regions.
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Step 3. Add a payment method to your Google Account

A Google Wallet account and accepted payment method will be required to purchase songs from the Google Play Store.

  • Go to the Google Play Store menu and select “My Account”.
  • Enter "Add a payment method" or "Other parameters".
  • Go to your Google Wallet. If you don't have a Google Wallet associated with your Google Account, you'll need to create one.
  • Choose your payment method. You have several options like choosing between debit or credit card or many other options depending on your location, like PayPal, billing and using gift cards.
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Step 4. Go to the Music section of the Google Play Store

Updated versions of the Play Store have a Music section which you can access from the Play Store menu.

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Step 5. Swipe the screen from left to right to open the different sections

When you access the Music section, you will come across the Home menu of the Music section. Recommendations based on previous purchases will appear, as will current albums.

  • The Genres section allows you to browse through the different musical genres offered in the library. By selecting a genre, you will still be able to see the sections that follow, but only those related to that genre. In order to select subgenres, you need to access the Genres menu again.
  • The Top Albums section lists the top album releases.
  • The New Releases section lists the new albums.
  • The Top Songs section lists the current songs in the library.
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Step 6. Use the magnifying glass to search for a specific artist, album or song

You can search from the main page using the magnifying glass if you have made your choice.

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Step 7. Select an album, artist or song for more information

By selecting an item from the Google Play Store, you will have access to more information and links. For example, when you select an artist, you have access to a brief biography, a list of their most famous songs, their available discography and similar artists. When you select an album, you have access to the album booklets, song list, and reviews. When you select a song, the other tracks in the album are displayed.

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Step 8. Purchase an item

You have the option of purchasing complete albums or songs. Enter the price to start the purchase process.

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Step 9. Select your payment method

After making your choice, the purchase window will appear. The default payment option will be displayed, next to the price. Enter the price to choose a different payment method, which you have previously chosen on your Google Wallet account. Enter "Buy" to confirm the purchase.

  • You will be immediately debited.
  • You may or may not need to enter your Google Account password, depending on your account settings.
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Step 10. Open the Google Play Music app to find the purchased songs

All the music you buy will be immediately available on the Google Play Music app. In the "Recent activity" section of the "Listen now" page, you will be able to find all the albums and songs you have recently acquired. You will also have access to all your purchases on the "My library" page.

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Step 11. Prepare the songs to be available offline

All your purchases are immediately available online, but it will also be possible to download them from your device so that you can listen to them offline.

  • Open the album or playlist you want to save to your device.
  • Enter "Download," which is at the top of the song list. This will allow the download to start from your device. Downloaded songs can only be opened from the Google Play Music app.
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Step 12. Take a look at the Google Play Music All Access (GPMAA) service

If you download a lot of music, it would be better if you subscribe to the GPMAA service. It is a paid service, it allows you to have unlimited access to all the songs that you can find in the Play Music library. You can purchase any song or album you find on the GPMAA library and can listen to it anytime you want.

  • You can start with a free trial by opening the Play Music menu and selecting “Start Test”.
  • Google Play Music All Access is not available in all regions.

Method 2 of 3: Amazon MP3

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Step 1. Download the Amazon Music app

You can download it for free from the Google Play Store.

You can also purchase tracks from the Amazon website, but the app is easier to use from mobile devices

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Step 2. Log in to the app from your Amazon account

If you don't have an account, you can create one from the app. You will need an account including a payment method or a gift card balance in order to be able to purchase songs from the app.

For more details on how to create an Amazon account, click here

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Step 3. Browse the Music Store

You will be redirected to the Music Store home page when you log into the app for the first time. You will find the top-selling songs there. In order to see the complete list, press “See all”.

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Step 4. Search the store using the magnifying glass

You can search for artists, albums or songs.

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Step 5. Enter the name of an album or song for more details

When you select an album, the track list is displayed, along with the price of the entire album and each track. You can also preview the album by pressing “Listen to samples from album”. The first thirty seconds of each song on the album will be available for listening.

  • You can also tap a song icon to make the sample play.
  • Samples are not available for all songs.
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Step 6. Buy a song or album by entering its price

You will be asked to confirm that you want to purchase music. Your default payment method will load as soon as you confirm.

  • When you make your first purchase, you will be asked to accept the terms of service.
  • Not all songs can be purchased. Some songs are sometimes only available if you purchase the entire album.
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Step 7. Find your purchases

Click the ☰ button to open the menu and select "Recent Activity". Enter the “Purchased” tab in order to find your recently purchased music.

You can also browse all the music in your library by opening the menu and selecting "Your Library"

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Step 8. Download the songs to your device

You can upload any of the music you have purchased from the network, but you can also download it to your device so that you can listen to it without being connected to the Internet.

  • Enter the menu by pressing the button (⋮), next to the album or song you want to download.
  • Select "Download". The download of the song (s) to your device will begin.
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Step 9. Find the songs you downloaded (optional)

When you download music to your device from Amazon, you can find the MP3 files using a file manager app or by connecting your Android device to your computer. This can be useful if you want to save music to your computer or want to send it to a friend.

You can find the Music folder on your Android device. Songs downloaded from Amazon will include artist folders and album folders

Method 3 of 3: Broadcast services

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Step 1. Take an interest in broadcasting services

There are other options to legally listen to music on your Android device, without necessarily having to buy it. Streaming services like Pandora or Spotify allow you to listen to music without having to buy songs or albums. Free versions exist for both of these services and include ads, but there are also paid versions that are ad-free and include more features.

There is also a service with unlimited access to Google Play Music, but not in the free version

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Step 2. Download the application of your choice

Apps for all streaming services are available from the Google Play Store.

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Step 3. Create an account

It is necessary to create an account in order to be able to use these applications, even if you are using the free version. The service will determine the process used.

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Step 4. Start listening to music

Once connected, you can start listening to music as much as you want. In order to connect to the streaming server, you will need a network connection. All streaming services offer different alternatives for listening to music.

  • Click here to benefit from the benefits of Pandora.
  • Click here for a guide on using Slacker Radio.
  • You can also check this guide on how to use Spotify.

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