Google Music is great! I can purchase albums and songs directly from the cloud and play them back on any of my Android devices, or even any computer that has an internet connection and a web browser. I can also upload my entire music collection to “the could” so I can listen to all those songs where ever I am! Sounds like nirvana to me… as long as you have an internet connection.
What happens when you don’t have an internet connection, or your connection speed is too slow? Unless you’ve saved some of our music for offline listening or have some cassettes in the glove-box, you’re out of luck!
Yes, Google Music does let you save your music “offline”, but with their flagship Nexus devices having very limited internal storage and no sdcard slot, doing so isn’t all that practical. Also, for some reason that still baffles me, Google decided to make you solve some sort of twisted puzzle to save a song offline. Come on Google, let me long-press on a song and choose “Make available offline”, not the crazy hoops that you make me jump through now! Even still, when I get a new device, or factory reset my current ones, all of my offline files are lost and I have to go through the entire convoluted process and download them again.
Luckily, if you’re rooted, have a file manager that takes advantage of that fact, and have a little time on your hands, you can copy your music files from their super-secret hiding place on your phone or tablet to your SD card — or anywhere else that you’d like for that matter!
The process isn’t hard, though it’s much easier to show you how it’s done that to try to explain it.