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This Chrome Panel App Runs Google Music Free from the Browser

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Google Play Music is great. No matter where you are or what device you’re on you can fire up a web-browser and start listening to your music library.

But that’s also what makes it not quite so great; you’re forced to keep a browser tab open at all times. The moment you close it your music stops.

With recent releases of Google Chrome has come a new feature called ‘Panels‘. Panels allow applications to run in docked mode, free from the browser.

For Chromebook-owning Google Music fans there’s one panel app in particular that’s worth checking out…

Google Play Music Panel

The third-party Google Play Music Panel app lets you listen to your music library without needing to keep Chrome open. It sits docked and out of the way at the bottom of your screen, and when left maximized appears above other windows.

As it is, essentially, a modified version of the Google Play Music website (albeit with some rather natty custom css to make it work in a smaller window) almost all of the features you’d need are supported – including track rating, searching, playlists, and player controls.

Until Google release a semi-native version of Google Music using their packaged app technology (on the way) this is sort of the next best thing!

The app can be downloaded for free from the Chrome Web Store.

Google Play Music Panel App

 The extension will work on other operating systems, so long as the ‘Panel’ flag is enabled.

Panel App on Mac OS X

Panel App on Mac OS X

  • lcdatti

    Where is the panel flag located in chrome? I can’t find it

    • Michael Marti

      Type chrome://flags/ in the adresse bar and enable panel option

      • lcdatti

        Thank you so much!

  • Michael Marti

    Very nice app and very usefull. I was boring to pin a tab just for GMusic.

  • Nick

    Thanks dude, this is exactly what I have been looking for! Oh and, New Found Glory rocks.

  • http://blog.sudhirkhanger.com/ Sudhir Khanger

    Doesn’t it show controls in non-chrome OSs?

    • Erik Nasaroff

      The controls will slide up when you hover on the control bar (the white bar on the bottom) and have something playing.

  • Greg Flynn

    You can always right click the icon and say “Open as Window”

  • Eric Mitchell

    I really do wish this could live in my launcher bar having it up in the toolbar is less than ideal. Extremely cool though.

  • Channing Tatum

    Pretty crappy on my Samsung Chromebook… It’s a 3rd party app :-/

  • James Fowler Jr.

    Ok, I love my chromebook but I don’t see how it’s possible to upload music on my chromebook to google play music…

    • Isaac Fischer

      One can’t. That’s what Google Music Manager is for.

      • James Fowler Jr.

        Which is a problem when you can’t install software on a chromebook

        • Isaac Fischer

          Agreed. If you are uploading music, one assumes you have it in a digital form already that can be accessed by the Chromebook and that it was not purchased in the Google Play Store. This is a similar issue to the recent update allowing outside epubs to be uploaded to Google Play Books, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility. The proliferation of DRM “protecting” a lot of acquired music makes an app like Music Manager necessary, and there’s not an expectation for your use case being common enough to have a web based component for it.

          In other words, if you ripped your music yourself, they assume you had a computer to rip it from. If you downloaded intact MP3s, even legally, they assume you did so with a heavier duty computer with download power.

          All of this is outside the scope of the article, in any case.

          • Nick Major

            Latest post from OMG Chrome states this is now on the way, fingers crossed! I agree, it has been a perplexing issue, having to rely on a desktop for uploading music to Play Music. I try to use my CB for everything so this is one more “I can do that on my Chromebook too” moment I am definitely looking forward to!

  • Raymond Coolidge III

    FYI, the Any.DO extension also works with the panels flag. If you click the pop out icon while the panels flag is enabled, it docks Any.DO on the launcher. Just thought that was worth mentioning.

  • Merri Mogridge

    This is great. Thanks a lot! Working fine with Gnome on Ubuntu 13.04 :) http://i.imgur.com/UiwoFjx.png

  • Carson Greene

    It sucks that it breaks when Google update their Play Music website…