There once was a time when about the only way to find, buy, and play music on a Mac was through iTunes. While Apple’s monolithic media mall remains a dominant player in the industry, Mac or Windows PC, there are plenty of alternatives around– both for playing music, and buying music.
One that caught my ear a few years ago is Google Play Music, a somewhat competitive alternative to iTunes. The only real problem is that playing music using your Google account is a crummy– but totally Google-like experience.
One way to beat the banality of Google Music is with the inexpensive Goopy app. Goopy? Goopy, the Google Play Music cloud player. For the Mac.
Goopy isn’t exactly like iTunes. The former is a cloud music player, while the latter is a full on media mall with everything except a food court. If anything, though, Goopy is familiar.
Goopy’s music controls grace the bottom of the app– play, pause, stop, fast forward and backup– plus, sound volume control. Songs, albums, artists, playlists, and Radio are displayed in the left sidebar, which album art for each selection on the bottom.
There’s even a remote control app for your iPhone so you can control Goopy on your Mac. That’s about it. It’s not iTunes, but more of a simple music player for the music stored in your Google Play Music account in the cloud. Not bad for less than $2.