In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Google Play Music Desktop Player aka GPMDP is an open-source, unofficial Google plays music app for Linux desktop released under MIT license, also available for Mac OS X and Windows. It’s made by a university student in Melbourne, Australia.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
Features in Google Play Music Desktop Player
- Customizable built-in equalizer for audio
- Audio output device options
- Simple and nicely-designed mini player
- Native desktop notifications
- Last.fm support with now playing and scrobbling features
- HTML5-based. No need for Adobe Flash Player
- Customizable media key support. Use media keys or create custom shortcuts if you don’t have any
- UI customization: Set the dark theme to your taste
- Customize almost everything
- Interface with external apps like Rainmeter
Install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Google Play Music Desktop Player.
First, download the deb package from the Github project page and run the following commands to install Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu systems:
sudo apt install gdebi sudo gdebi google-play-music-desktop-player*.deb
Once installed, Google Play Music Desktop can be started from Unity Dash or your preferred app launcher.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Google Play Music. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Google Play Music Desktop Player on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Google Play Music Desktop Player website.