Google Play Music is my go-to app for streaming music, and today a new update makes the software even more powerful than before, particularly for users who like to add their own songs to the service. Previously, if you wanted to upload your own tunes to your online Google Play Music library, you had to download a standalone Google Play Music Manager application. Now, you can upload your music direct to your library by simply dragging it into your browser window.
The option is available for Chrome users, and you’ll first need to activate the Google Play Music for Chrome option inside the company’s “Labs” setting. There’s also an option for bulk uploading, which is available by first selecting the “Add Music” option in the top right-hand corner of the web app. The company also added a few other new features to its “Lab” version of Google Play Music, including a mini-player that’s accessible from any open tab, and the ability to download albums, playlists and songs from your web browser.
The company said that these changes are “just the start” of what’s coming down the road. As an All Access subscriber, I’m not as interested in uploading my own music – since there are already millions of tracks and albums available for me to play, but this feature is likely very welcome to folks who have ever expanding libraries. We wonder what’s coming next – shared playlists? Please?