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August 6, 2012

Google’s Play Music App Sabotages WMA Files

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

This is petty. Once upon a time you could import music from your PC into your Android device. Not any more!

For some reason, the Play Music app no longer supports the WMA (Windows Media Audio) files.

The Play Music app is Google’s own jukebox app for all Android devices.

WMA files are what Windows natively uses to store music for the Windows Media Player.

The net effect is that if you want to import music from your PC into your Android phone or tablet, it’s just going to be a lot of effort for nothing. The music won’t play.

I can’t believe how rude Google would be to sack all the music you’ve already stored on your PC, effectively sabotaging its transfer into your mobile device. It’s an obvious ploy to get you to, once again, buy the same music you’ve already paid for. But this time, of course, you’re buying it from the Google Play Store.

I’m sure the artists are thrilled, as are Google’s stockholders. I’m not thrilled.

Thank you, Google, for sabotaging what was once a great thing.


  1. As a business practice in general, an attempt to get people to spend more money in any way possible isn’t something I’d put past Google. But more specifically with something like this it strikes me as odd, Google is usually very strong in it’s defenses to protect users’ content.

    Comment by gamerguy473 — August 7, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  2. I see it as justification for what Woz said over the weekend: The best way to keep content is to keep the content. All the music I have on CDs is on all my devices because the CDs can be imported. But all that music I bought on iTunes? It’s on iTunes forever (unless I break the License Agreement and copy it).

    Comment by admin — August 7, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  3. I never use WMA files if I can help it much easier using MP3 they work on more devices, had to change the format on a load of stuff when I got an new MP3 player some play the WMA’s some don’t

    Comment by chiefnoobie — August 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

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