Linux users who were invited to the Google Music Beta program back when it first launched quickly realized that the service offered little value to them. Why? Because, at the time, there was no native way to upload music. Today, after two-and-a-half-months, Google finally released an uploader designed just for Linux.

The uploader essentially works just like the Windows version, with one small tweak: OGG support. OGG files will automatically be transcoded to 320kbps MP3 files, which will inevitably make the already painfully slow uploading process last even longer -- but hey, at least you can finally use that beta invite, right?

To grab the uploader, head over to the Google Music Landing page, hit 'Download the Music Manager', select the appropriate package based on your Linux distro, and install.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Peter

    More usefully what about outside of America?

    • Tom Rowly

      Use Tor. It spoofs your ip address to a random person's in the Tor connection. Just keep trying until you stumble across an American ip. That's all I did :)

  • http://www.inperspectives.org Philip Oakley
  • C.J


    But I wonder one thing. Why don't they support OGG files ? Why using MP3 ?

  • joe

    The real question is why would I use this over the Ubuntu One Music Store? Maybe I just don't understand because I don't use either. It sounds similar if not the same thing.

  • Ian Tester

    Ogg isn't an acronym, so don't write it all caps. Also, Ogg is a container format that can now include video, subtitles, etc, as well as Vorbis audio. So don't write about "Ogg files" when you really mean "Ogg Vorbis files".


    • aotuv

      @ mr nitpick,

      you could at least care to answer his question...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com Cameron Summerson

      Did you happen to click the source link? If you'd like to be picky about the reference of Ogg/Vorbis files, then take it up with Google, as the screenshot attached to the source clearly omits the word Vorbis.

      And as for putting Ogg in all caps -- that is something that I generally do in my writing in order for those who may be uneducated about a particular file format to easily detect that is a file extension. If I used "ogg" or "Ogg," it may cause confusion for some.

  • upps tilps

    @ mr nitpick doesn't know that so said anything else like I do

  • M

    Well we can't speak for Google's choice of codec. Although it is surprising that they didn't decide to support Vorbis natively.
    I wouldn't expect the transcode to add any serious time to the upload process. Any modern computer can transcode it faster than it can upload it, surely? And you can just upload the output of the transcoder as it happens.

  • JOey Dean

    Nice, OK now thats what I am talking about dude.


  • http://pmrb.net Pedro M. Rosario Barbosa

    I really fail to see how is this going to be an advantage for me in a GNU/Linux platform. For starters, I don't know if this manager is proprietary or not, and I bet it is the former. Second, why not play Vorbis format right away?.. Why transform Oggs to MP3s if I can play them just fine in my computer? Even Firefox and Chrome support it .... why not Google Music Manager? Why waste so much time uploading? And ... to top it, is there any guarantee that their servers won't interpret some of my Oggs as being illegally downloaded or unlicensed? That's one of the main reasons I moved from Windows to GNU/Linux, because Windows misinterpreted a lot of my WMAs as being illegally shared and locked my access to my music I bought. In this sense, and for many other reasons, Amarok and Banshee, with all of their virtues and defects, give me lots of advantages that Google Music doesn't give me. In fact, I think it is an inconvenience.

    • boredwithit

      They aren't interpreting anything. You can upload your own homemade audio if you like, it doesn't have to conform to any rules. Overall it's just an ok service anyway, nothing special, no updates since the initial release. Other than this Linux manager, I can't tell that Google is even busy working on it anymore. Just seems to be "it is what it is"