Google Music only available in the US? Think again….. Read on to find out how to get it in the UK now!

How can I get Google Music in the UK? That was a question I had been asking for a long time. Google Music is one of those announcements that I found both exciting and disappointing. Google Music sounded like a fantastic product, but once again the UK would be left out.

I won’t pretend to understand the reasons why these products are launched slowly around the globe but I would assume it is to do with a number of factors including licensing agreements and technical aspects to name but a few.

However, I am pleased to say you can get Google Music in the UK now!

Let me start off by explaining what Google Music is for the uninitiated. This is direct from Google:

Set your iTunes® library free - Google Play helps you bring your iTunes library to your Android devices. You can upload up to 20,000 of your songs from your computer to Google Play for free. Once you’ve uploaded your music, it’s instantly available on the web and your Android phone or tablet. No wires, downloading or syncing.

After reading the above, why wouldn’t you want it? Even if you don’t plan on using it as a music player it’s a great free system to backup your iTunes (or other) music collection.

Google Music allows you to upload up to 20,000 tracks to the Google servers. Then, whenever you are connected to the internet you can stream your own music – effectively allowing you to have access to your whole music collection wherever you are via either a browser of the relevant Android Apps.

So how can I get it now? Well it’s quite simple really. If you try to access the site: music.google.com you will be told only people in the US can access this service. So all we need to do is let the server think that you are in the US. To do this you just need to follow these instructions:

We start by visiting  Go to ‘Unblock Us’ – www.unblock-us.com - this won’t cost you anything. You only need to sign up for the free 7 day trial and all you have to do in exchange for this is give them your email address. Note that by doing this you should also be able to access other US services that are not available in the UK. Netflix in the US is  lot better than its UK counterpart with more recent films and a wider selection of programs, go check it out.

The next step is to update your DNS settings, the instructions for this is on the website – however there is also a simple installer which will automate all of this for you, making it even simpler.

Once you have done all of the above – just go to the Google Music website – music.google.com and follow the instructions! It’s that simple (to reverse your DNS settings you can either follow the instructions on the ‘Unblock Us’ website or just uninstall the setup program).

On the Google music site you need to start by downloading the music manager program. This program will then allow you to upload all of (or selected) music. Depending on your broadband connection and size of music collection this could take some time.

For your Android device you will need to download the Google Music app – if you have difficulty getting access to this (due to being in the UK) you may need to download an app along the lines of ‘Hotspot Shield’ - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hotspotshield.android.vpn&hl=en

Once you have gone through this process you can revert both devices back to default settings. Going forwards it shouldn’t matter where you are to upload more music or access your current library – so there will be no need to update your DNS again.

Your music collection is now truly free and accessible from anywhere! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments section.

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