Google Music In Ubuntu System Tray Sound Menu With Google Music Frame

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.

Bubble Messages

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.

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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