Gear Player allows you to manage your Google Play Music and YouTube music collection, without the difficulties of a web browser or Flash Player. This way playback is flawless, navigation is swift, in an easy-to-use interface.
Users can upload 50,000 of their songs to the Google Play Music* service for free. Put your music into the cloud and listen to your songs without carrying them on your device! Edit your music library comfortably with Gear, access songs on YouTube too, create playlists and radios, use the EQ, rate songs, scrobble them to Last.fm, or if you wish, save for later offline listening**!
We appreciate every feature request, and encourage you to write your opinion to us. Please drop an email in case of encountering any bugs (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the forum on our website (http://www.gearmusicplayer.com/forum.html)!
- full Google Play Music All Access*** support, including curated radios***
- YouTube support
- gapless playback
- graphic Equalizer
- customizable shortcuts
- pause/play by pressing Space
- pause playback if Mac goes to sleep
- Last.fm scrobbling
- audio output devices: AirPlay, ChromeCast (except the ChromeCast Audio), or even multiple devices at the same time
- Notification Center (on Mountain Lion or better) / Today View widget (on Yosemite)
- Offline mode (only for Google Play Music)
- can sit in status bar instead of Dock
- add song to/delete songs from Library (by right click on song)
- create Radios and Instant Mixes based on song, album, or artist (by right click on each)
- select multiple songs and add to offline
- 'I'm Feeling Lucky’ radio
- editable queue
- Previous, Play, and Next buttons in OS X status bar (can be turned off in settings if not desired)
- rate your songs with optional 5 star ratings or thumbs up/down
- create Auto playlists (Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Recently Added, the meaning of the latter is configurable)
- order songs by international characters
- full screen support
- high resolution album art via Last.fm
- compatible with Nicecast
- 2-factor Google authentication
- fully Retina compatible
- edit song metadata
- post currently played song via Twitter or Facebook (on Mountain Lion or better)
*Google Play Music is a music streaming platform that lets you combine the Google Music All Access catalog with your own library. With All Access you can enjoy unlimited listening to millions of songs and creating custom radios.
**only for Google Play Music
***a subscription to Google Music All Access is required
- Fixed issue with YouTube playback
Ratings and Reviews
Give me the option to turn off these ugly Play icons in the interface
They just mess up my sensibilities… I want the ability to turn this off…you can most likely figure out a better way of letting us know what the source of the music is… maybe text? maybe a more monochrome (black & white) icon? Also… why is there so much space in between the albums? You see what iTunes does? Do exactly what they do… there doesn’t need to be like a football field in between one album and the next. Also… why does the song & album title show up in the menu bar (but no album cover), but there’s a random album cover in the bottom left hand corner with no text? Like seriously you have iTunes right there which is showing you what to do design wise… either do it better than them or copy them.
Also they make you install Magic Keys to use the keyboard shortcuts… Radiant Player (open source client) doesn’t make me do that… why do I need to install a separate application?
Crashes easily, not registering that magic keyboard is installed so keyboard shortcuts aren't functional, UI is slow to populate and struggles more and more if you are impatient and continue clicking around.
I hoped this would allow me to have a desktop application for google music but it seems that this isn't the one. I welcome the dev team to reach out and help solve my problems. If they do, I'll be more then happy to update the review to 5 stars if it fits my needs.
Update: Would recommend, though it has some very minor bugs
I've been using this for about a week, my library is over ten thousand songs on google play so the web browser just doesn’t cut it on a smaller screen like my macbook pro. The app is easy to navigate, understand, and hasn't crashed unexpectedly on me yet.
But beware if you skip multiple songs in a row the app takes 20-30 seconds to load. If you mess with it before it is finished loading, it'll take twice as long to finish, you are better off closing and opening the program. I'm sure it has to do with downloading the cover art and loading the song for each song, making it very inefficient, though this might depend on google's speed. I'm sure this is a simple fix, I would still recommend this app to anyone who has uploaded their entire library to google play like I did.
On another note today I noticed the volume is a lot quieter when I play it back through google play vs iTunes. This could just be my computer, who knows.
I could not be happier with this application, the developer is spot on with the updates, worth every penny.
All access works perfectly, took the developer only a couple of days to update it.
The buggs mentioned above have all been adressed.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.