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PlayMusic by BStevenson PlayMusic by BStevenson
Author: Brett Stevenson
Contact: BStevensonDev@gmail.com
Version: v1.2.1
Last updated: 2/8/2017


deviantART Groups Description


PlayMusic is the only Rainmeter skin I've been able to find that allows Google Play Music users the ability to display their active media tastefully on their desktop. 
The skin displays the Album Artwork, as well as the Title, Artist, and Album of the song being played. 
Additionally, this skin also includes a variety of supplementary features including a customizable visualizer, scalability, as well as volume control and minimization functionalities.
Keep an eye out for updates, as I will surely be adding more features soon.

    • Simple and easily modifiable design that goes well with a wide range of themes, layouts, and wallpapers.
    • Features three skin variants, including the two shown above and as well as a minimal landscape alternative.
    • Ease-of-use. Just load the skin and ensure your configuration meets the two setup requirements below.
    • An intuitive settings menu, which allows users to easily access the many customization options and functionalities. Allowing the skin to adapt to any nearly desktop layout.
    • Well maintained and frequently updated with more features and improvements.


For more frequent updates, information, or to contribute to this skin, visit the GitHub Icon ultramini GitHub Page




Deviator Setup


  1. This skin requires you have Google Play Music Desktop Player installed in order to function properly. If not already installed, you can download it here
  2. After installation, you must also ensure that Playback API is enabled in the "Desktop Settings". This allows GPMDP to interface with external applications.




 New Updates: (v1.2.1)


  • Fix issues with .rmskin package

+fav Updates: (v1.2.0)

  • Added Round skin variant
  • Added a configurable visualizer to skin
  • Improved icons for  minimized state
  • Added volume control functionality
  • Improved accent color implementation
  • Added modular scaling to all skin variants
  • Overhauled the settings menu to accommodate further customization
  • Added configurable options to improve text visibility on elaborate album artwork


+fav Updates: (v1.0.6)


  • Added modular accent colors
  • Added configurable icons
  • Added the ability to toggle minimization functionalities
  • Improved/Replaced some of the skins lower-quality image resources
  • Made many improvements to the configurable settings menu 



Email License & Credits



    See here for a list of credits and license information for this software.



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:icontackmack:
tackmack Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
awesome
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BRG701 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Amazing skin, I love it!

Suggestion:
custom fonts?
Choosing size in the gui?

Anyway great skin, nice seeing somebody using the gpmdp api! ;)
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks for the suggestions, I've been working to add many new features, so I'll definitely look into adding a selection of selectable fonts. Are there any specific fonts you would like to see available?

Also, as for modular sizing, the last update added the ability to choose between two sizes though allowing for more fluid sizing has proven difficult due to the integrated visualizer. Nevertheless, this is an option that I've still been working on improving in upcoming developments.    
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BRG701 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
I didn't really think of any fonts in particular, but it would've been cool to be able to choose between installed fonts in the gui(if this is even possible in rainmeter), and/or a small selection of fonts in different styles.
Again, thanks for the great skin ;)
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I don't know about Rainmeter's ability to access installed fonts, but it's something I can look into. Though, I do know that it is possible to provide a choice of fonts by including the necessary .TTF files as resources, so that's something I'll definitely expirement with for the next release.
Make sure to watch or favorite for updates!
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gankaku Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2016
This is perfect. I've been looking for something simple but slightly dressier (but not fancy!) to play some music on my desktop through Rainmeter and this really fit the bill. I've been looking for a LONG time actually through Rainmeter collections and this is the one I'm happy with. I did load GPM app. Never had that on my machine but I do have a collection of music I can listen to on there, from the computer. Thank you so much!

One suggestion I'd make. :) If you could use a bit of shadowing or shading on the font. The white font fades into lightly colored albums in the square mode. The shading would help the text to stand out more clearly. On the rectangle mode, it is perfect.
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm glad you like the skin! I too had been looking for a Google Play Music skin for a long time with no success, eventually resulting in the creation of this skin. 

Also, I have noticed the issue you mentioned about the text being difficult to read on lighter album covers when using the square skin. The text is currently shadowed to the extent offered by Rainmeter, so I may have to experiment with alternative methods of making the text more distinguishable.
Thanks for the feedback!
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HueBearSong Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
aw shit. I just got rainmeter and I was looking to see if there was a music widget thing that was able to support Google Play Music Desktop Player. Thanks man. I did notice that it kind of worked when I didn't have Playback API enabled? But might as well just enable it as there is no harm(I hope) from it being enabled. Is there any way to make it so you are also able to load some music controls or not? 
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That may be the case after the many recent updates to GPMDP, so I may have to investigate the changes further, but there definitely shouldn't be any harm in enabling the Playback API. 
Also, I have looked into adding some simple controls to the skin but found that given the current API structure of GPMDP, though I know that the developer is aware of user's interests in this feature so I expect it will be a priority in future updates.
 
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ScottGotRekt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Thanks for this, been looking for something like this for a while, I love Google Play Music and glad it's more popular now.
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I couldn't agree more! 
After setting up my Google Play Music, my only thought was, why hadn't anyone already thought of this? 
I'm glad you enjoy the skin.
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Dirtyearl Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Anyone want to port this to work with spotify?
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'll definitely look into it and see what I can do
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menoseren Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
where download link ?
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:iconbstevenson:
BStevenson Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I apologize, I had forgotten to enable downloads on this page.
It should be fixed now. 
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singee007 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
:happybounce: 
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farout49 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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