Use Google Music with Windows Media Player

Written by Alan Friday, 22 July 2011 07:00

google music beta logo Use Google Music with Windows Media Player

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.

google talk setup Use Google Music with Windows Media Player

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.

wmp plug ins options Use Google Music with Windows Media Player

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.

google talk music plugin in wmp Use Google Music with Windows Media Player

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.

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  1. Oliver   |  Wednesday, 07 September 2011 at 6:33 am

    Okay. That’s not what I supposed to get by reading the headline and first paragraphs.
    I wanted to listen to my Google Music by using the Windows Media Player, not publishing the music I listen to via Google Talk.

    If I got somesthing wrong. How do I get Windows Media Player playing my Google Music?

  2. Jezzelle   |  Friday, 18 November 2011 at 1:44 am

    Thank you, been looking all round in the net for almost 2 hours for this. So much thanks, It works for me. :)

  3. uhm   |  Wednesday, 11 January 2012 at 12:38 am

    Retarded and unrelated to google music, wtf does displaying what wmp its playing on google talk has to do with google music? Idiotic post …

  4. Danny   |  Saturday, 06 October 2012 at 9:28 am

    Interesting.. Does anyone know if Google Music has been plugged into WMP.. or what i would LOVE to see.. even pay for.. Google Music Plugging into Media Center.. man i wish i knew how to code….

  5. Shane   |  Wednesday, 09 January 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Has nothing to do with google music. Probably just wasted everyone’s time that read this. Disappointing

  6. TrunkMonkey   |  Saturday, 16 February 2013 at 6:34 am

    Hey folks, Shane, Uhm, it’s all very relevant when you want to integrate your two music libraries together, Google and Windows Media. If it’s not applicable just move on.

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