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Google Music ‘Mini Player’ App Adds Always On Top Mode


Google Music mini-player for Chrome was updated this week with a new ‘pin to top’ feature.

The option, which can be toggled on and off through the mini-player menu, allows the player window to stay above all other windows when running on Windows, Mac and Chrome OS.


The update also appears to add support for the ARM-based Chromebooks. Below is a screenshot of the app, which previously wouldn’t install, let alone open, on a Series 3 Samsung Chromebook:

google music arm

Right now open is all it does do, but considering that it’s more than it did before, it’s progress.

It’s also now possible to skip tracks in the player using the left/right arrow keyboard buttons and control the app volume using the up and down keys. Both require the player in focus.

If your keyboard has dedicated media buttons these can be set to work ‘globally’, not requiring the browser to be in focus.

Google released the mini-player app, which enables browser-based uploads to Google Music, last month. For more information on how to enable and install it see our previous article.

  • Lucho

    is gapless playback in the works?

  • Stijn Berendsen

    Is a mini player possible for spotify on chrome OS?

  • whizzer0

    Wow! This is perfect for my Ludum Dare live stream this weekend – I was planning on using themini player to show what track is currently playing!

  • Frank

    Linux has had this feature for the longest time now

    • Zactu

      Yes. And its one of the main options I want for every window.

  • MrMiketheripper

    I’m still waiting for the day I don’t need a credit card to use this

    • MrJamesBrown

      You don’t need a credit card. As long as it is a visa/mastercard you’ll be fine

  • Zactu

    I need ‘always on top mode’ option for every window thanks, just like every linux distro out there. This is a huge convenience.

  • Boothy

    I’d love a chromecast button on the player

  • BKarno

    I always liked to have my player open in its own maximized window, but since I activated this new player/mini player, it keeps resetting my preference to back to “open as a regular tab”. Right now I have the feature deactivated and all the features are still showing up? I don’t have an issue with it, I just want to be able to open in it’s own maximized window. Suggestions?

    • For Windows 7 … the move action doesn’t work. It is great mini player for a beta. I … just wish I could move it around the desktop. Some day LOL

  • A bit confused, I have Chrome inside Ubuntu, can I install this?

  • For Windows 7 … the move action doesn’t work. It is great mini player for a beta. I … just wish I could move it around the desktop tho.

    • Eduardo Pelaez

      I have it, Windows 7, and I can drag it around the desktop as of right now.