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.
Google Music Frame can be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 by entering the following commands in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:janousek.jiri/google-music-frame-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install google-music-frame
Once done, launch Google Music Frame and login to your account from the window that pops up. Start an album/song to begin streaming Music. It remembers the last session (last played album or song), and the current view (genre list, album, etc).
You can play, pause and toggle tracks from the Sound Menu. A notification is displayed each time a new album or song plays.
It might be a good idea to add Google Music Frame to the Unity launcher to quickly start streaming Google Music songs.
Watch the introduction video from the developer below.
The developer has expressed interest in adding more features to this application and therefore, we are likely to see some enhancements for Google Music Frame in future versions. For now, the stable package is only available for Ubuntu 11.04. Oneric (Ubuntu 11.10) users can try the unstable package from the Launchpad link given below.
Download Google Music Frame
Update: Google Music Frame has been discontinued and is no longer in development.