It's a fact that streaming music eats up your data. Google Play Music uses a lot more than most other services though. But there are reasons as to why. For one, Google Play Music can cache your music for offline streaming, which is always a good thing when you're out of your service area but still want to listen to music. Another part is the new All Access service that Google announced at Google I/O. Now I've been using it for a few weeks now and yes it uses a ton of my data. But there are a few tweaks you can do to have it cut down your data usage at least a little bit.
We talked about this already. But Google Play Music will cache your music for offline listening. Now you may not want it to cache when you're on mobile data. You can choose to cache while charging and on Wi-Fi or just cache during playback. Caching while on Wi-Fi will certainly help save you some data usage.
High Quality Streaming
Here's a big thing that's gonna cost you a big chunk of your data allowance. Streaming high quality audio is definitely going to use more data than the normal quality. You can also choose to only stream on Wi-Fi which is probably you're best bet.
One of the great things about Google Play Music is that you can pin music to your device. This way you can listen to music without having to stream it. Using virtually no data when you're out and about. Of course, you'll want to pin the songs on Wi-Fi or it kind of defeats the purpose.
Download on Wi-Fi Only
Here's another tip which will help you. Automatically, Google Play Music has it checked to download music via Wi-Fi only. So that way it's not using up your mobile data. You can also now switch between your library and 'on device' music. So that you can play just music that is currently on your device or check out some stuff to stream through out your day
Yes, Google Play Music uses a ton of data. We can't really help that. But with all of these tips here you should be able to cut it down at least a little bit. I'm still a firm believer that All Access is for those on unlimited data. But another good part of All Access is you can add virtually any song to your library, making it easy for those on capped plans to build up their library instead of paying $1.29 per song.
Don't forget to sign up for All Access before June 30th to enjoy it for $7.99/month after your 30 day free trial. After June 30th, it jumps up to $9.99/month.