Here at AC, we love Google Music, and some of us have it cranked high all day long while the lovingly sweet sounds of Led Zepplin or Motorhead coax us through the workday. But I digress, and maybe that's only me. We especially love it when changes get made to makes things easier, and today is a good day for easy. Google has updated the Google Music Manager program to allow for easy downloading of songs you have uploaded or purchased from the Android Market. Music Manager is the portion of the service you run on your computer to upload and manage your library, and we have to admit when compared to competitors like iTunes or Zune it's a little sparse.
With today's update, you can download all your legitimately *cough* purchased and uploaded music with just a few button clicks. Right click on the Music Manager in your system tray, open the options dialog and choose the "Download" tab. From there you have the option to download your library. If you've downloaded it before, you'll also have an option to only download newly added songs. The tracks are saved in the folder you specify as 320 kbps .mp3 files. Your songs still stay in the cloud, but now you've got a local copy as well.
In addition, server side changes now allow you to share the Youtube video for purchased songs with your Google+ circles. Click the dropdown next to the song title to share the video with your circles, and they'll see it in their Google+ timeline. Now if only the rest of the planet could use Google music, it would be perfect.