How To Create iTunes-Like Smart Playlists In Google Music [Chrome]

As much as people love their iPhones, they hate iTunes. It's an app that's forced on to every iPhone and iPad user indiscriminately but it isn't all bad. For one, iTunes has a pretty neat smart playlists feature that lets you set rules for including songs in a playlist. The rules make it so you don't have to manually scan and add items from your music library whenever you want to create a playlist. This is a feature that Google Music lacks. Google Music auto-generates smart playlists but if you want to create one with your own rules you can't without the help of a really awesome Chrome extension called Autoplaylists for Google Music. The extension has a paid subscription based version as well as a free version. With the free version, you can create one smart playlist while the paid version lets you create multiple smart playlists. The subscription costs $1.99/ month. Read More

[Updated] Music Bubbles Control Google Music With An Omnipresent Floating Button [Chrome]

The concept of floating buttons and chat bubbles is quite popular on mobile devices but imagine a floating button in your browser. Music Bubbles is an excellent Chrome extension that adds a floating bubble button to Chrome for controlling Google Music. When you hover your cursor over this button, it expands to reveal a play, forward, and rewind button as well as a thumbs up and thumbs down button. The bubble lets you know which song is playing when you hover your mouse over it. In order to work, you must have Google Music open in a tab. The bubble appears on all pages including the New Tab page. Read More

Clean Up Google Music Removes All Suggestion Cards From Google Music [Firefox]

Google Music, without a doubt, is one of the more popular services introduced by Google. The music manager alone is excellent though some users may not like the web interface as much. Google Music for web has a nice card like interface that's become a popular design theme across many of its apps and services but the cards that appear aren't just for albums and songs in your personal library. They include suggested playlists, suggested music cards, and the I'm Feeling Lucky Mix button. Clean Up Google Music is a Firefox add-on that can clean up most of the suggested content you see in Google Music and lets you select what cards you see and what you don't. Read More

Get A Responsive, Revamped UI & Separate Panel For Google Play Music In Chrome

Google Play Music is great not just as a music store and discovery tool, but also for uploading up to 20,000 of your songs for free, and listening to them from any of your devices, be it computers, tablets or smartphones. With a subscription, the service also turns into an online radio, complete with playlists generated based on songs, albums or genres. While the mobile apps of the service are great, one caveat about it has been its browser interface. It's not particularly bad in design or functionality, but there's nothing really special about it either; it's just mediocre. So, how about an extension that revamps it into something not only much more beautiful, but also much more functional? Panel View for Play Music does just that, and does it remarkably well. As its name suggests, this Chrome extension puts the Google Play Music into web interface into a separate panel for you and in addition, customizes it with custom CSS to behave like a well-designed music app. Read More

How To Stream Songs To Any UPnP/DLNA Receiver Device From Google Music

Ever since Google revealed its $35 Chromecast dongle that lets users stream content from Netflix, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, and YouTube to their TV by simply plugging their device into it, many third-party developers have taken on the task of making it possible to stream content from many more sources to it. That said, some developers have also looked into hacking the Chromecast software support in the aforementioned apps to make them stream their media to devices other than the Chromecast itself. Cast To UPnP/DLNA for GMusic is one such free app that lets you stream music from Google Play Music to any UPnP/DLNA device by simply using its Chromecast streaming feature. Read More

Google Play Music All Access: What It’s About & How It Works

Google finally unveiled its much anticipated music subscription service yesterday; while the service was still just a rumor, the general opinion about it was that it would give services like Spotify and Rdio a run for their money. The service is called Google Play Music All Access and as the name suggests, it has been built as a subscription-access component of the existing Google Play Music service, which has itself been revamped interface-wise as well. It’s currently available in the US only, and comes with a one month free trial, after which it'll cost $7.99 per month to those who sign up by June 30, and $9.99 per month after that. Subscribers will be able to listen to the thousands of songs available on Google Play without having to purchase individual tracks. Read More

Listen To Your Google Play Music Library On Windows 8 With gMusic

Google Play Music is Google's answers to the iTunes Store, Amazon MP3 and the like. It is a cloud-based music service by Google that allows users to listen to music and buy new tracks and albums from the Play Store. The mobile app for Google Play Music comes installed by default on Nexus devices and can be installed from Play Store on other devices running Google's Android mobile operating system. Using a Google account, you can also access the player from your web browser. It hosts both free and paid music depending on whichever mode of distribution the artist or the record label chooses. Each user is allowed to upload up to 20,000 of their own songs to the service for free and music can be played online as well as stored on your device for offline playback. Being a mobile platform, Windows 8 and RT-powered tablets are a great option for people who like to carry their devices around but if you are already an Android user, buying the same songs again from Xbox Music for your Windows 8 device seems like a waste of money. Today, we bring to you an app for Windows 8 called gMusic that allows you to access your Google Play Music library and listen to all the songs on your Windows 8 and RT device. It also allows you to rate songs, create playlists, and browse for new music from within the app. Read More

Remote4Play: Remotely Control Google Music Playback From Android & iPhone

Remote4Play is a fairly lightweight yet effective Android and iOS app that connects you to your Google Play Music account via its Chrome Extension, so that you can remotely control music playback from your mobile device. Both the extension, as well as the mobile clients of Remote4Play, require minimal configuration. A remote connection is established between your web browser and mobile device as soon as you scan the QR code displayed by the extension. Once connected to your Google Play Music account, the mobile app presents you with its own Play Music interface, using which you can view the currently played track, along with album art. Using various controls on the player, you can control music playback and enable/disable the shuffle and repeat options. All the changes made through the mobile client are instantly implemented and replicated on the web interface. Read More

Control Google Music Playback From Chrome Toolbar

If you use Chrome and love listening to your favorite tracks on Google Music, then you should give GoogleMusic For Chrome a try. This nifty little extension adds a button to your toolbar that, when clicked, reveals controls for playing, pausing, and skipping to the next song within a pop-up. You can use these controls to conveniently control playback without having to constantly switch tabs. Moreover, it displays the track title and artist name at the bottom of the pop-up, and allows you to control playback through keyboard shortcuts, provided the pop-up is open. Read More

Control Music Playback For YouTube, Google Music, Rdio & Others From Chrome Toolbar

If you like listening to music from various popular services, such as YouTube, Google Music, Rdio, or Grooveshark, pausing or switching between songs can sometimes get difficult, specially when you’ve got a bunch of tabs open and are working on something else. Music Controller is an extension for Chrome that places a simple control panel on your toolbar that quickly allows you switch, pause/play songs or mute all background music at once, regardless of which tab the song is in. With it, you no longer have to be worried about whether you’re playing music in Pandora, Google Music, Grooveshark or any other service, as you may easily pause, skip or thumbs up for a song from the pop-up in your toolbar. The only requirement for the extension's working is that the music playing  tab should be in the same Chrome window. Read More

Play Previous Song In Grooveshark & Google Music Playlist [Chrome]

For a true music junkie, no one site or one music collection is enough, there’s always the need to find more music, listen to the good old stuff and give something unusual a try. Grooveshark and Google Music (still available in the US only) are two different services for music fans. Grooveshark is a great place for streaming music and Google Music is a great way to take your music with you everywhere. A whole host of extensions for both these services are available but Previous for Grooveshark & Google Music is a Chrome extension that works across both. The extension is simple; whether you’re playing music on Grooveshark or Google Music, it will let you switch to the previous song. It works across tabs and across windows. Read More

Google Music Frame Brings Google Music To Ubuntu System Tray Sound Menu

A few weeks back we covered Google Music Manager for Linux, which helps users upload songs to the Google Music web service. Unfortunately, Google Music does not currently provide a desktop application to stream music from Google Music. Having said that, 3rd party efforts have already begun to integrate Google Music features with the desktop environment for different operating systems. Google Music Frame is an Ubuntu application which adds Google Music options within the Ubuntu Sound Menu to control your music collection. So far it looks like a perfect Google Music integration in Ubuntu. It also provides NotifyOSD (bubble messages) notifications for currently playing album or song. Read More

Google Music Downloader Extension For Firefox

Google Music (still only available in the US) was developed so that no matter where you go and what device you use, you always have access to your music. You’re basically uploading all your music files to Google Cloud but, what if you wanted to download a file to a different computer? Google Music Downloader is a Firefox extension that conveniently lets you downloads songs that you’re playing in Google Music. The extension in no way lets you download songs that aren’t already your own and shouldn’t be considered a means of downloading free songs. Read More

Get Google Music Manager For Linux; We Test It On Ubuntu

Google launched a new web service called Google Music which allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs from personal music collections. After releasing a Windows and Android version, Google has now come up with a Google Music Manager application for Linux. It is similar to the Windows music manager and is available for multiple Linux distributions. In this post we will provide you with an overview and how you can upload your music collections to Google Music (via the Google Music Manager) in Linux. Read More

Desktop Google Music Player – Listen To Your Favorite Music Tracks

Don't want the fuss of having to open Google Music web app every time you want to change the track or switch between playlists? Google Music Player is an open source desktop player for Google Music service, which lets you play and navigate between tracks without having to bring up Google Music webpage on front. Along with a smart on-screen music player, it also offers Google Music Web UI to shuffle track listings, rate tracks, view tracks by genre, artist, etc. Read More