Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and you know what that means: bitter disappointment fruitlessly displaced with technology. (That might just be me.) Google's got you covered on the second part, at least if you have a Chromecast. A new visualizer option for Google Play Music ditches the bars and equalizers in favor of a looped video of a cozy fireplace. You'll have to supply your own music, of course.

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The visualizer isn't on by default, but it's easy enough to enable. Just go to Google Play Music on the web, hit the "settings" gear icon, click Labs, and change the "Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer" to Enabled. Of course, it's no replacement for the real thing - you'll only get as much heat as your super-efficient LCD television can put out - but it should help you set the mood if you don't have the real thing. Now all you need is a bearskin rug and a box of fine wine.


This isn't Google's first foray into the arena of cheesy fireplace videos: they had a special fireplace YouTube channel for the holidays. This one seems a little better since it takes up the whole screen, which makes more sense.

Source: Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Mado

    Ok Google, play some porn music.

    Bow Chicka Wow Wow

    • Stacey Liu

      Who the fuck listens to porn music?

      • Mado

        ...porn musicians?

      • Spasillium

        Now tell me that isn't catchy...

        • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

          Yeah... I listened to all 10 long hard minutes of it, baby... *closes tab in shame now*

      • Matthew Fry

        The people who watch porn? Is this a trick question?

        • Stacey Liu

          No one watches porn for the music. The included music is generally terrible too. This has nothing to do with genre, just low production cost.

          His post implies that he listens to porn music outside of porn, which is a little ridiculous.

          I suppose I shouldn't judge though. Whatever works for him.

      • dcdttu

        People that watch porn? So, everyone? But I don't think anyone is paying attention to it. lolz

  • NemaCystX

    how is the quality of the visualizer though lol

  • fred9op

    Can someone pull the URL of the fireplace video. Is it on YouTube?

  • Matthew Fry

    Oh yeah. Time to impress the wife.

  • remister

    Does this only work when you ChromeCast through the website. How about when you try it from the app?

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Do you have to have a Chromecast for the labs feature to show up? It isn't for me.