Google Music Manager for Linux

Google has (finally) released the Music Manager PC client for Linux, meaning work-arounds like WINE are no longer necessary.  You can download pre-packaged binaries in either .rpm or .deb format, ready to install on many popular Linux systems.  This is a closed source project, so if you're not using a Linux distro that can parse a deb or rpm package, you'll have to convert it to your preferred package type with a program like Alien, or extract the archive and manually inspect the install script (I'll drop those ubergeek instructions after the break for those interested).

Along with official Linux support, Linux versions of Google Music Manager also support .ogg files, by transcoding them to 320kbps .mp3 files.  This is the same way it handles FLAC files, and while not perfect, we're not going to complain because any support is better than none.  Getting it installed is easy --  just fire up your web browser (on your Linux computer, of course) and head to  Once there, click the "add music" link, and download the client.  It seems pretty solid, and certainly better than using the (not an)emulated Windows version.

Source: GoogleThanks, Andrew!

.deb files are a type of archive and many programs can extract them, including MC, 7zip, File Roller, etc.  If you prefer to just do it the simple, old-fashioned way using the terminal, you'll use the "ar" and "tar"  commands to extract the data tarball like so:

ar -p <package-name>.deb data.tar.gz | tar -zvx

Once you have the files, look for the postinst script for any install or clean up details, and copy the directory structure manually.  Hit the forums if you run into a snag. 



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Google Music Manager now available for Linux


Woohoo! Now I can move this process to my Fedora server where it belongs (I don't run Wine on my server). I only use it to update a single folder tree anyway, so I never actually interact with it. One less running app on the Windows box. Now to actually download and get running...

Does anyone know how to exclude things from Google Music Manager? I tell it to sync my itunes library, which means it also syncs podcasts, so I end up with a pile of old podcasts on my Google Music account that I don't want there.

I was talking about the windows version (On an article about the Linux version, oops). Google kind of stopped responding to me, we had a couple of emails back and forth troubleshooting.

I'm excited to see this, however, I wonder if it's like other Google "Linux" programs that are just Windows programs wrapped up in a specialized version of Wine (see Picasa, Google Earth for other examples)

Yay! This is great news for us Linux users. Although I have no interest in Google Music, it still makes me happy ;)

I hope it is a REAL Linux program and not a winelib or something sneaky.

Why can't the Windows version transcode ogg files? I ripped a couple of albums to ogg, and Google music won't accept them... Damnit, I want to listen to my CAKE...

When I visit I just get

''The Google Play music player is currently available in select territories.''

Reading between the lines, I'm guessing Canada is not a "select territory". Oh, well.