Known Issues:

  • Our initial distribution is missing some files and apparently the application may only work properly if you have Firefox installed. We will be resolving this shortly, sorry for the inconvenience. Symptoms include errors that say something along the lines of "Unable to load XPCOM" or Flash plugin installation errors.

Features:

  • Miniplayer - to enable, right click the system tray icon, choose "Settings -> Show Miniplayer When Hidden." When the player is minimized, this will show the always-on-top semi-transparent control bar pictured below. You can move the bar by dragging the right hand side. We will add a visual cure to make this more obvious in the near future.
     Miniplayer
  • Multimedia Keys - Play/Pause, Next Track and Previous Track keyboard keys can be used to control playback. If you have troubles be sure there are no other media players running and check to ensure your keyboard drivers are properly installed and configured. You can find more information on configuration from your keyboard manufacturers website.
  • Optional Browser Key Control - If your keyboard has browser navigation keys (like Forward, Back, Home, etc.) but does not have media control keys you can enable this option by right clicking on the system tray icon and choosing "Settings -> Capture Browser Keys." Doing so will cause the browser keys to control playback in lieu of multimedia keys. One drawback is that some browsers will aggressively intercept these keys when they have focus so you may not be able to control playback while actively browsing the web, but it should work fine while you are using other applications. 
  • Command Line Support - For users who don't have any of the above media control keys (or super nerds who just like the command line) you can also control a running instance of Google Music Player by running the application again with specific command line parameters. This can be used with tools that allow you to assign shortcut keys to applications so you can define your own shortcuts for playback control. As an example, on my laptop I use FreeLaunchBar to set Windows Key+> to next track, Windows Key+< for previous track and Windows Key+Shift+Space to play/pause. The command line options are as follows:
    • -?, help, or /? - shows the supported command line options.
    • next, or nexttrack - skips to the next track.
    • previous, previoustrack, prev, or prevtrack - skips to the previous track.
    • playpause - toggles the play/pause state.

Tips:

AutoHotKey is an application being used by some to support media playback control without having media keys on your keyboard.

FreeLaunchBar is another useful application that replaces the old QuickLaunch functionality with expandable menus and such. One of the developers uses this to support keyboard shortcuts using the above mentioned command line options to control playback.

Known Issues

There is still a complication when trying to install flash from within the player, but until we have that sorted out, if the player starts but says you need flash, click here and choose Windows in the first dropdown, then choose the version for "Other Browsers" in the second dropdown. 

Last edited Aug 11, 2011 at 6:50 PM by TheXenocide, version 4

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