If you have significant music collection of your favorite tracks and you prefer having access to them whenever you want and wherever you go, free service from Google might be a good choice to use. Starting from 2011, Google offers you to upload for free up to 20,000 songs and access them from any device equipped with appropriate application or through the Web browser, given you have stable internet access. You may add your collection from iTunes, Windows Media Player, or any folders on your dedicated hard drive. Then, you may listen on the web or your mobile devices without the hassle of wires or syncing.
While there is no need for the special application to use the service, there is always easy to have special applications for such access.
The web interface can be reached: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/now
In this post, we will present several desktop applications for Windows to improve your listening experience.
1. Music Manager
Music manager is an official Google application, allowing uploading music from your computer to Google Play and listening to the music you love anywhere you have Internet access.
* Upload up to 20,000 songs from your iTunes library, Windows Media Player library, My Music folder, or folders of your choice to Google Play.
* Selective upload is available. You may upload only the tracks you want - choose individual songs or upload songs automatically.
* Adjust the bandwidth available for uploading songs.
* View your upload progress.
* Download any songs that you previously uploaded to your music library, as well as songs you purchased from Google Play.
2. Google Music Desktop Player by Victor Gill
This is a desktop application for Google Music online music service allowing you to use this service as a desktop application mainly for accessing/controlling it with multimedia keyboard, taskbar buttons and as a widget.
* A notification splashform.
* LastFM Scrobbling
* Free RAM after song end
* Uses Webkit Engine
* Supports Multimedia Keys [PlayPause, Stop, Previous and Next]
* Windows 7 Taskbar support [Buttons for: Play/Pause Previous and Next]
* Metro UI Like with Aero Snap support
*Windows 7 and 8 compatible
GMusic is a desktop client for Google Music that supports minimize to tray with a draggable playback control bar and support for multimedia keys.
* Miniplayer - to enable, right click the system tray icon, choose "Settings -> Show Miniplayer When Hidden." When the player is minimized, this will show the always-on-top semi-transparent control bar pictured below. You can move the bar by dragging the right hand side. We will add a visual cure to make this more obvious in the near future.
* Multimedia Keys - Play/Pause, Next Track and Previous Track keyboard keys can be used to control playback. If you have troubles be sure there are no other media players running and check to ensure your keyboard drivers are properly installed and configured. You can find more information on configuration from your keyboard manufacturers’ website.
* Optional Browser Key Control - If your keyboard has browser navigation keys (like Forward, Back, Home, etc.) but does not have media control keys you can enable this option by right clicking on the system tray icon and choosing "Settings -> Capture Browser Keys." Doing so will cause the browser keys to control playback in lieu of multimedia keys. One drawback is that some browsers will aggressively intercept these keys when they have focus so you may not be able to control playback while actively browsing the web, but it should work fine while you are using other applications.
* Command Line Support