You can finally say goodbye to that desktop Music Manager app for Google Play Music. Well, as long as you don't mind venturing into the Play Music labs. Google has added a new Chrome app toggle in the labs that enables drag-and-drop music uploads and a cool little pop-out player interface.

Just head to the labs page and enable "Google Play Music for Chrome" and save your changes. Chrome will download the extension, and then you can drag any compatible song files into the Play Music window to upload. There's also a button in the upper right to pull up a few more options for adding tunes in the browser. This should also mark the first time Chromebook users can add songs to Google Play Music, finally.

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In the lower right is the new pop-out player toggle, which is part of the Chrome extension. This plugs into your main Play Music window (which has to remain open) to let you control playback and activate I'm Feeling Lucky Radio. All it's really missing is playlist control. I'm not seeing any stability issues on my end, but it's still technically a labs experiment, so be vigilant.

[+Google Play]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • yodatom10

    Chromebook users rejoice !!

  • Simon Belmont

    Cool. This is nice for on-the-fly adding of music, or I guess, if you're at a computer that isn't yours that has music you want added (or for Chromebook users).

    Me? I like using the existing Google Music Manager app because it automatically uploads new music on my computer and it just generally stays out of the way and doesn't use many resources.

    • Merri Mogridge

      According to OmgChrome there's an option to allow it to watch a folder on your computer and automatically update to Play Music. http://www.omgchrome.com/browser-uploading-now-available-google-music/

      • Simon Belmont

        That's good to know. Very nice feature if true and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

        The Google Music Manager program is so small and inoffensive, I'll probably just stick with it because I don't even have to open Chrome to use it, but I really like where Google is headed. Well done.

        • Phil Oakley

          If they could get an extension which was Music Manager, but for Chrome, it would mean if you had Chrome open (which, lets face it, is most/all of the time), it would be 'music manager'ing automatically.

          Or does this do that already? Not sure.

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

          I still prefer using the Google Music Manager (in linux) as well. I'm actually a little afraid of switching to the new method, because it might not work as well with linux and could screw things up with dupes, etc.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. That's another good point that I didn't originally think of.

            I'll probably give the web browser based method a whirl when I finally get a chance to move my wife's music to Google Music. But honestly, GMM is such a lightweight program and It can be called upon even if Chrome is closed (like if I want to do a quick sync of my music and shut down), and a bunch of other small reasons that fit my workflow, that I'll probably end up installing it for her setup, too.

  • Wazzifer

    Finally! That was the only reason for me to use my windows laptop...now I can do everything on my Chromebook! Woot woot.

  • yodatom10

    oh on a sidenote if you use cerberus on your device there servers were compressed (again) I would highly recommend changing your password

    • Tony

      You probably mean "compromised"

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    still wanting a way to add and delete songs from my phone...

    • Double_a2013


    • ynksbsbll2

      I'd love a way to fix an incorrect match from my phone (or just have Google automatically go through and make sure I have the explicit version of each song I uploaded)

    • Cody k Greenberg

      You can do that through your phone's file browser for anything you've loaded manually (not bought through the store). If you've bought it through play.google, just set it to stream instead of download.

      • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

        but playing it through the file browser does not actually upload the music to the server to be played on other devices. if i download a song to my phone, i want to be able to upload the song to google so i can delete it from my phone and still play it on my phone and other devices.

        • Cody k Greenberg

          Ah. I was thinking you meant just manipulating locally-stored files on your phone, not performing the same function as this new feature. I'm sure that day will come.

        • SuperSam64

          You can do that. Though it takes a lot of complex configuration.

          Step 1: on your phone, create a folder for songs you want to upload to Google Play. Let's call it "music upload".

          Step 2: in Dropbox, create a folder that is dedicated to uploading music to Google Play Music. Let's call it "send to Google". (If you don't have a Dropbox account, make one.)

          Step 3: on your phone, download an app, such as DropSync, that will synchronize a specified folder with your Dropbox account. On the phone end, point it at the folder you created in step 1 (music upload). On the Dropbox end, point it at the folder you created in step 2 (send to Google).

          Step 4: you can skip this step if you have Dropbox set up on your computer already. If you don't, download and install Dropbox.

          Step 5: on your computer, download Google Play Music Manager (I can't link it here but you should be able to find it with a web search). You can configure it to automatically upload tracks from a specified folder. Point it at send to Google (or whatever you named the folder you created in step 2). From now on, it will monitor this folder.

          Step 6: if you have trouble with anything, post it here so I can try to help you figure it out.

          Now, when you want to upload music from your phone, all you need to do is move/copy it to the music upload folder. From there, it will automatically upload to the designated folder on your computer, at which point it will automatically upload to Google Play music.

          Disclaimers: Your computer is the "middle man". It will have to be powered on for this to work, and if it is not your music will not be synchronized until it is. You don't necessarily have to use Dropbox (or DropSync, for that matter), you can use any combination of cloud sync apps and cloud services, but the configuration may take some tweaking.

          Hope this helps. Please let me know how this works out for you.

          • CW

            I'm having uploading issues using a similar strategy involving Astro File Manager and Google Drive. Music Manager doesn't seem to recognize any files within the dedicated music folder within Drive. Not sure if it's Drive, Astro, or Music Manager causing problems...

          • SuperSam64

            May be hard to pinpoint since there are so many factors. If I understand correctly, you are saying Music Manager on your computer won't recognize a folder that is a subfolder of your Google Drive location on your computer, correct? If so, maybe you could just put that folder in your default music folder (something like C:Users[username]Music) and see if that solves it. Since it would be backing them up to Google Play Music, you may not need to have them backed up in Drive as well. Just a thought, but if you provide a detailed description of the exact setup, I'd be glad to help you troubleshoot if I'm able to.

          • CW

            Thanks for timely response. Yes, you are correct, and I did end up transferring purchased music through Amazon to my Mac local drive via USB, but I was hoping to skip the middle man altogether. I was using Drive bc I have more storage there versus Dropbox. It seems that the problem lies with music manager monitoring the Drive folder, which might have something to do with mp3 files lying deeper within subfolders (eg Drive/"Artist Name"/"song".mp3). If I place the mp3 files directly inside the Drive folder without the artist folder, the music manager sometimes recognizes and uploads, but other times doesn't recognize any changes to the folder. It should be noted that this isn't a problem using the Mac's local drive, as all tracks are stored within "artist name" subfolders. This coupled with slow upload speeds from ASTRO file manager (Android file manager app) to Drive made me give up.

          • SuperSam64

            That sounds frustrating, I see why you gave up. I've had mixed results with Google's Music Manager as well, and some times I have to add things manually. It may very well be an issue with the application. I hope you are able to find a solution, and sorry I couldn't be of more help!

          • Javin Swearinger

            Thanks...appreciate the help. Instead of dropbox I used google drive and it worked great.

          • SuperSam64

            Great, I'm glad it worked! It's not a pretty workaround but i guess that doesn't matter if it does the trick.


    • hoochiecoochie

      Or an offline mode on browser with All Access

    • paul

      Use your phone's file manager

    • Coza

      Create a playlist and save the songs to the playlist. You can control individual songs from there.

  • Danny Lewis

    AWWWWW YEAAAAAAAA! Thanks, Google!

    For your next trick, might I suggest smart playlists?

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

      Definitely, this. Specifically, I want playlists based on detected beats-per-minute, because currently I manually manage "down beat" and "up beat" playlists and/or make it a point to play the downtempo radio station...

  • Adrian

    Thanks Google!

  • Tony Byatt


  • basteagow

    Sweeeeet. My wishlist is now down to global media key support and remote control.

    • Garrett

      Yes! That's my biggest annoyance with Google Music. It would be so much better if i could use the media control keys on my keyboard.

  • Nasko Hristov

    And I'm still sitting here waiting Google play music to be available...

    • Martin

      Bulgaria? I have it.. Vpn.. And you are ready to go :-)))

      • Nasko Hristov

        You don't think that I haven't used it already? Why things can happen here only illegal?

  • 0.8ight

    "Chrome will download the extension, and then you can drag any compatible songs"

    It's a "Chrome App", not an extension.

  • Cody k Greenberg

    Any idea just how much they'll let users upload? I have a ton of music - literally several terabytes - I wouldn't mind having in the cloud.

    • Wazzifer


      • Cody k Greenberg

        As in 20,000 songs? Do they have to be mp3s or can I go lossless? 20,000 songs would definitely be nice, although it would still be only a percentage of what I have.

        • polesmoker99

          It can be a lot of formats. except wav aiff and fa.

          Lossless, however converts to 320 mp3s.

          And anything you purchase through Play doesn't count toward the limit.


        • Merri Mogridge

          Yeah 20,000. Supported formats are here: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1100462?hl=en

          • Cody k Greenberg

            Cool, thanks. That will take care of what I have on my PC. I can probably stretch it a bit if I delete stuff I can get from Spotify.

          • Phil Oakley

            It will match whatever you upload from Google Play. Not sure if that counts towards the limit.

  • BillygotTalent

    Good update. Always wanted a permanently player that I can use without getting into Chrome. As a supplement I can only recommend Prime Player. It has a lot of features that make G Music in Chrome much better.

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

      Yup - I use Prime Player every day. Love it.

  • Guest

    Sooo close. I hope the next step is so the mini-player doesn't require the tab to be open.

    • Anders


    • Nathan Phillips

      And one that has a volume control!

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

        Check out the "Prime Player" chrome extension then. I love it. It supports volume, and keyboard shortcuts, which Google's new popout player doesn't. It's also got lyrics and a couple other nice features.

  • usaff22

    Hmm. Doesn't seem to be working for me on the latest Chrome Dev. I can install the extension fine, but it won't set up after that.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Took them long enough

  • KChristainsen

    Regarding the monitor folder option, will this update the tags of songs if i change it in my folder on my pc? or just check for new songs and upload them

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

      Even the Google Music Manager app doesn't sync tags (or didn't, last I tried). You got ONE chance to get it right, and if you changed tags later, you had to remember to delete and then have the manager re-upload.

  • Hooterman

    This is great news.

    Now how about the simple ability to change/add my own artist art for uploaded tracks!

  • Sarah Puls

    *dance* I'm way too happy about this.

  • Tyler

    I prefer Firefox over Chrome. I wonder if something like this would be released for that :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      It took them this long to do it on Chrome, hopefully it won't take as long for Firefox, though I don't see why anyone uses anything other than Chrome.

      • Squiddles

        Customization and an AdBlocker that actually blocks ads is a couple of reasons to start with. But that's beside the point at hand here. I don't see them bringing this to Firefox. Oh well, I already have it running in the background on my Windows install for Now.

  • RockAndRock

    Finally ! :)

  • godutch

    I want to never ever again have to listen to Pink, Marco Borsato, Fun, Paul de Leeuw, Acda& de Munnik(sp?). When will Google Play All Access allow me to bannish that crap from ever being played ever on my radio...

    (for some of these artists I have started all songs on 4-5 albums, thumbsdowned them all and they will still play on my radio...)

    • MattE303

      Agreed!! long press on thumbs down would be a great way to block an artist.

  • godutch

    I want to never ever again have to listen to Pink, Marco Borsato, Fun, Paul de Leeuw, Acda& de Munnik(sp?). When will Google Play All Access allow me to bannish that crap from ever being played ever on my radio...

    (for some of these artists I have started all songs on 4-5 albums, thumbsdowned them all and they will still play on my radio...)

  • Dan

    Neat. Where's my stand-alone media player that I can clip to my shirt and leave my phone at home?

  • KoRRo

    nice addition but still not what i'm looking for. how about a real api, so i could manage and sync my music with a decent plugin for my favourite desktop music player? maybe with 2 way sync fot tags and counters?

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    I dreamt about this the other day, glad it happened.

  • Martin

    Doesn't work for me.. It's getting stuck on " Setting up Google Play Music…"

    • John Longson

      F5 is your friend in need.

      • Martin

        I know.. But I need to do it all over again.. And again stucks.. and... Never mind :-)

        • papernick

          did you solve it? it's still getting stuck for me

          • adetogni

            same for me

        • John Longson

          Clear caches and things? Sorry, mine worked perfectly so I can't even provide troubleshooting steps. (sadface)

  • Defenestratus

    Mini player is stupid. Still requires you be signed into the full blow web version AND have it open.

    I guess it helps people who don't have 5 monitors like I do.

  • Marcell Lévai

    This one is screaming for media control keys support. P-lease?

  • Tony

    Can anyone confirm that the web download limit is lifted with this new version/extension? The old ridiculous limit used to be 2 times, and then you can never download from the web again (only through Music Manager).

  • blairh

    This is f#$%^&g awesome. God I love Google Music.

  • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

    More browser-specific crap from Google, "cool".

  • Squiddles

    Neat! I can upload FLAC with Chrome on Linux!

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

      You've always been able to upload FLAC; it still gets transcoded to 320kbps mp3 on their servers though.

      • Squiddles

        I know, just part of me expected the browser upload to only allow MP3. Color me pleasantly surprised.

  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Looks like man only can downloads the music man have buy frome Google Play not the music man has upload frome once own collection man has upload to Play Music.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Finally... A few "bugs" I hope Google irons out in coming weeks -

    1. No upload progress bar. Needs to be added.
    2. Few uploaded songs don't show up until you hard-refresh the tab.
    3. The app needing the music tab to stay open is plain dumb.
    4. Music upload from phone needs to be implemented too.

    Here's looking forward to I/O and Lolipop. (Yea, that's what's I'm sticking with, until Google officially announces a name)

  • Xajel

    - Add, Delete, Edit from phone/tablet.
    - Open API so third party apps can use it also as well as desktop apps, it's annoying we can't control the music using the keyboard shortcut ( Add this to Chrome please !! )
    - Ability to save the cache data in the microSD card (like with KitKat where it's protected, or make them encrypted for 4.3 and lower), these files takes some precious space in the limited internal memory...
    - Why the limit of only two times downloading a track from the web ? and in the desktop app we have to download all of tracks !! remove this limit or at least make the desktop app able to download specific tracks/albums/artists...

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

      You already CAN pin files to the external microSD, as of a couple months ago. Check settings.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Personally, I'm still waiting for a way to upload stuff from iOS to Google Play directly... then again, who knows what Google is up to, right?

  • kevgret

    Hopefully they will increase the song limit.. I'm at 19,500 and counting...

  • AskYous

    This was very helpful. Thank you.

  • qualitypointopm

    good to hear Google play music to upload songs in browser...
    News about google here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK2ccNIJVPpACi8AIV03mExBEpva7AYx4

  • JJAT18

    Anyone know why when I upload my playlists from iTunes to google play the playlist titles show but the songs aren't in the playlists? Just all in the music library like one big mess?

  • Bruce Logan

    I wish I could upload music from my Android tablet

  • t4exanadu

    Seems they managed to break this already in the newest version of Chrome dev. The miniplayer is functionally useless as it's missing play, pause, and skip back/ahead buttons. Also, clicking the miniplayer pop-out button in play music doesn't actually show and hide it, the miniplayer is just always visible whether I want it or not (the option on labs is gone, too). I use Prime Music Player extension because it's much better and customizable, too.

  • http://www.myoptimind.com/ marshall dion

    Love this goolge play music. Been using this for a year. :)