Use Google Music with Windows Media Player
Written by Alan Friday, 22 July 2011 07:00
If you are lucky enough to have received an invitation to Google Music Beta, then you are probably looking for every possible way you can utilize it. Of course there’s an Android app for your phone or tablet. And you can browse to the web site , open it in a tab, and listen to your music there. But, what about the most obvious way of jamming to your tunes in Windows? You can plug Google Music right into Windows Media Player in a few simple steps.
Of course, first you will need a Google account and to be a member of Google Music, which currently requires an invitation from Google (users do not have invitations to send out). Next you will need to get all of you music into the Google cloud, which can take several days if you have a large collection (my 11,000+ songs took four or five days).
With those steps out of the way, you will now need to install Google Talk. Now, and this part is important, right-click the installation file and Run as administrator.
Open Windows Media Player (to get the latest version you can visit the Microsoft Windows Media Player page) and click View => Plug-ins => Options. You don’t need version 12 for this to work, but I recommend using it for many reasons.
Under the Plug-ins tab, click Background in the left column and make sure Google Talk Music Plugin is enabled (box is checked). Once it’s enabled click the OK button at the bottom.
Now, what you are listening to in WMP will display as your “current status” in Google Talk. This is a minor step to integration, and what we would really like to see is an interface to allow users to access their Google Music from WMP while on the road. That will likely come, and we will let you know when it does.