Google Play cannot access music on SD card

There are reports that on the latest Android devices you can now store your music on an SD card and the Google Play Music (GPM) app can play them.

This is incorrect. GPM can store cached music from its own service to an sdcard. That way you can play them offline without losing valuable memory on your device. It is also Google’s way to lock in content and services; maybe due to industry legalities?

Another music player app, Poweramp, can play music from an SD card.

Anyway, if the above is incorrect, please respond with directions on how to copy music from a device onto an Android phone and allow Google Play Music to access it.

I tried all this on a very recent tablet running KitKat.

play music app won't show sd card

On Samsung Galaxy 2, mp3 files stored on the SD card are not being recognized by Google Play Music app. Solution.

I tried some ideas found on Android forums, even uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Nothing worked.

BTW, There is some weird caching that is not shown in the system. Anyway, this is what I did:

  1. I copied everything on the sd card to a a folder on a Kies Air attached PC.
  2. Deleted the files from the sd card.
  3. Powered down the phone.
  4. Turned it back on.
  5. Ran the Play Music app.
  6. It said there is no music on device.
  7. Copied all the music from the folder on the PC (from step 1).
  8. Powered down and back up.
  9. Ran the app again.
  10. Says it is scanning for media.
  11. Finds it.
  12. Give the phone back to it’s owner. Yuck.

All the steps are probably not necessary, but this worked for me.

March 2, 2013: It started happening again. Maybe its time to update to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich version.