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.

When you’re working online and don’t want to switch tabs to change a song, click the pop-up to launch Google Music in a new tab. If no track is being played, you can press the space bar or click play to start music playback.

The pop-up also displays the track title and artist’s name. With it, you can play/pause songs, like/dislike and skip songs without having to switch between multiple tabs.

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The extension’s Options allow you to enable a Lazy Mode, which moves the playback controls to the top of the pop-up, reducing the distance you have to move your mouse (a testament to it being a mode for the truly lazy). In addition to that, you will find keyboard shortcuts to pause, skip, like and dislike a song.

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The downside is that you still have to open Google Music in a tab, since the music stops playing if you close it. Converting the extension into an app that runs constantly in the background would solve this problem. Overall, GoogleMusic For Chrome is a slick extension that comes in handy, especially when you don’t want to bother with switching between tabs/windows for controlling playback. We’ve covered several similar extensions for various online music services in the past (YouTube, for the most part), but this is a first for Google Music, and we urge you to give it a try.

Install Google Music For Google Chrome

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About Lily Herman

Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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