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    Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Got an invite to this but it's still way in beta. First off currently there's no Linux support (not even for Chrome OS) for the Music Manager app that's required to upload your music with. Second Music Manager doesn't support ogg even though both Chrome browser/OS and Android both do.

    Now the service is pretty useless if you can't upload music to it, but I was eventually able to get Music Manager working in Linux using Wine. Unfortunately the installer wouldn't work so I had to copy the MusicManager folder from

    Users/Yourname/AppData/Local/Programs/Google/MusicManager (do the windows slashes go the other way?) of a windows vm.

    It runs (buggy like) in Wine right out of the folder but only seems to upload DRM free mp3 files.

    Streaming music is actually pretty nice i really like the interface it's very easy to navigate. It also syncs well with my Droid X. The Music Beta Android app could use some work though.

    As a music locker, once they work out all the compatibility issues, this will be top notch. However, Amazon has them beat due to the fact you can buy music from them and you don't need to download an app to upload music so it's currently even more compatible with Google's OS than Google's service is.

    Edit: The version of wine in the Ubuntu repo's won't work for this you need 1.3 from the Wine PPA, also it seems to only work on folders filled with drm free mp3 files it hangs forever on any other file type. Also it's a bit buggy sometimes it takes a sec to start uploading.

    Here's a link to a Music Manager folder without the installer.

    Google Music Manager Without Installer - Kilbasar's link.

    Update: Their is now a Native Linux version of Music Manager, the Wine process above is no longer necessary.

    http://www.google.com/support/music/...&topic=1100183
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    Last edited by Madspyman; July 22nd, 2011 at 09:07 PM.

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    I just got an invite for Music Beta and am now having the same problem - no Linux version of the Music Manager. Its also a shame that they dont support .ogg files. Come on Google! ChromeOS and Android are both based on Linux. Can't your services play nice with Ubuntu?

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Glad everyone is getting invites... I signed up for an invite the day it came out and never got one.

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by zach4618 View Post
    I just got an invite for Music Beta and am now having the same problem - no Linux version of the Music Manager. Its also a shame that they dont support .ogg files. Come on Google! ChromeOS and Android are both based on Linux. Can't your services play nice with Ubuntu?
    Seems Wine is the only way right now and the MusicManager.exe installer doesn't work which is weird. I imagine if I tar'd up the Music Manager program folder it would work for anyone willing to install Wine. Google should at least offer a Wine solution until they get their native Linux app out.

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    google taking over the world is not a good thing.

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Madspyman View Post
    Seems Wine is the only way right now and the MusicManager.exe installer doesn't work which is weird. I imagine if I tar'd up the Music Manager program folder it would work for anyone willing to install Wine. Google should at least offer a Wine solution until they get their native Linux app out.
    Can I take you up on your offer?

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    i used virtual box to upload stupid music, took forever too. didnt think of using wine, will try it tonight!

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Needs wine 1.3 the version in the ubuntu repo wont work.

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    Smile Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    Hi All,

    I can confirm that although the installer does not work in Wine, the actual Music Manager works fine (Wine 1.3). I just pulled the files from a VM, and ran them straight from the extracted directory.

    So that others don't have to first install it in a VM just to extract the files, here they are.

    Google Music Manager Without Installer
    md5: dd76c2d72997aeb6cad682621c9c320e

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Kilbasar; May 26th, 2011 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: Google Music Beta vs Linux

    I hope Google isn't trying to come up with their own version of iTunes. All we need is a crappy alternative to another crappy concept for software.

    And I really hope they're not working this toward forcing us to sync with Android. One of the main things I like about Android is not being tied to something like iTunes.
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