Google Play Music

2013/04/13 by Paulo Pereira

~/categories/Apps #Linux #Ubuntu #Ubuntu 12.10 #Quantal Quetzal #Android #Google Music Manager #Nuvola Player

Google Play Music is finally available in Portugal!

I will show how to set up upload your music in Ubuntu using the Google Music Manager.

Google Play Music

Installing Google Play Music Manager in Ubuntu

wget -q -O - | \
	sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable \
	main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-musicmanager-beta

I had trouble with the version installed via ppa, it was always crashing after opening up. I found a working version here.

To download and install this version:

wget -O google-musicmanager-beta_1.0.55.7425-r0_amd64.deb \
sudo dkpg -i google-musicmanager-beta_1.0.55.7425-r0_amd64.deb

If you want to start Google Music Manager automatically at start-up go to Startup Applications and add the following:

Startup Applications

Uploading Music

Just open Google Play Music Manager, select your Music folder and wait. If you have many songs it will be a while :)

Installing Google Play Music in Android

The Google Play Music app lets you listen to your music collection anywhere. All your music is stored online, so no need to worry about syncing or storage space.

Google Play

Go the the Google Play Store and install Google Play Music. Not only you can play your local music, but also your uploaded music. It is also possible to pin music to your device, so you don’t need to be connected to Internet to listen to your favorite tunes.

Listen to music in the Ubuntu desktop

You can listen to your upload music in the Android app and a browser.

You can also access to your music in Ubuntu by installing Nuvola Player.

Nuvola Player


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuvola-player-builders/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nuvolaplayer

Enable HTML5 Audio in Google Play Music

Go to Google Play Music, Options (icon in the Google Bar next to your account avatar), Music Labs, and enable “HTML5 Audio”.

Turn On Sound Menu Integration and Notifications in Nuvola

In the Nuvola Player go to Service > Preferences and in the Extensions tab select “Remote Player Interface” and “Notifications”.

Log in to your Google account in Nuvola

Log in to Google Play Music in Nuvola. You now have access to your music in the Ubuntu desktop.

In order to declutter the interface, you can hide the Nuvola tool bar and the Google Bar.

In Nuvola go to View and select “Only menubar”. Also go to Service > Preferences and in the Service tab select “Hide Google Bar”.