Got Google Music? Or, is it Google Play music player? Whatever it’s called it’s not exactly setting the world on fire. Maybe the problem is the browser. Google seems to want every feature and function they can dream up to live inside a browser tab.
There’s a better way to get your Google music and it’s cheap and easy.
A couple of bucks uncouples Google Play music player (Google Music) from the browser window. The secret is G-Ear, an inexpensive Mac app that’s kinda sorta like iTunes Music Player.
G-Ear isn’t much to look at but it’s better than running Chrome on your Mac. Songs from your Google Music library can be filtered, shuffled, repeat, stopped, started, paused. There’s even a built-in timer and sound volume.
One click and G-Ear becomes a full screen app in Mac OS X Lion. As for the rest of the features, well, there really are none.
G-Ear is simplicity personified, so it matches what you’d expect from Google (but G-Ear isn’t from Google; it only plays Google Music).
After browsing through G-Ear for awhile, it’s easy to see that there’s not much competition (yet) for iTunes. Playlists? Shopping? Equalizer? Sound Enhancer?
Still, if you’re into Google Music or Google Play or whatever it’s being called this week, G-Ear will give you a little more control over music playing, and get you away from Flash and Google Chrome for awhile.