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Google Music Outside The USA - What Really Works?
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Google Music Outside The USA  -  What Really Works?

One of the difficult parts of turning to the internet for information is that there's so much of it out there, and much of it is conflicting, old, or confusing. Getting Google Music outside The USA is one of those situations. It's not like you can just go to Wikipedia and get a real answer.

Even after browsing a bunch of tech blogs, reading thousands of words of tutorials, several pages of comments, and a few YouTube videos, 'the jury' is still out. It's unclear whether Google Music outside the USA really works or not. Though I don't have 1 answer for you, hopefully this article can summarize conflicting points and help you find a solution that works.

So many people seem to be having luck with proxies like Hotspot Shield and Tor. Both of these are reputable, free proxy services that can help you change your IP address. This means that no matter where you are in the world, it will appear to other computers that you're in the USA.

However, some people have reported that Google Music has blocked them on account of them using a proxy. This situation doesn't seem to occur much, so it may be that they used a different type of proxy.

One thing that many people have noted is that you can use the proxy once, and then afterwards, you no longer need the proxy for access. This means that you can sign up for Google Music on your computer with the faked IP, then access your music on your Android device without the fake IP.

Still, some people have got in trouble for this, and found that after uploading all their music, Google asked for some information, and they were subsequently blocked on all devices.

And one thing that many people have complained about so far is that though you'll be able to sign up and upload all you music to the app, you won't be able to download music from Google Play. Apparently this is a problem to do with non-American credit cards. And yes some people in Canada have been able to purchase music.

Some have even reported that Hotspot Shield is not working, and have suggested VPN services to get an American IP on all your devices, and use this US IP each time you access your music.

Crazy Huh?

Apparently Google plans to expand into other parts of the world, with their first stops probably being Canada and the UK, with Europe not far behind, much like Netflix. This may be years later though.

And even though you'd be able to access your music on several devices (very convenient), not being able to purchase music to add to your collection directly means that you'd have to buy mp3s from a local site and then upload them to your Google Music account.

Don't blame Google though, geo-restriction place on movie, music, TV, and other media is common these days. Unblocking geo-restricted websites is well known among people in the tech and web community, and proxies or VPNs are commonly used to unblock websites like Netflix, Pandora, and of course Google Music.


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