We don't know why Google do not develop applications for their services for Linux/Unix, there are Google Chrome and Google Earth applications available for Linux but not for all of Google services, many of us want Google Drive. Well, for Google Play service there is an 3rd party application available for all desktop platforms.
Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) is a standalone application for Google Play service, now you don't have to hunt through your tabs to pause your music, or stop listening to your favorite track because being a lightweight, standalone framework it uses far less resources than having Google Play Music open in a web-browser tab. This frees up your computer's resources to do things you care about, instead of wasting them on playing music.
GPMDP desktop client is developed by Samuel Attard and from now you don't have to touch your mobile for Google play service because you can do it right from your desktop. It is open source, lightweight, free, and cross platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The application has since been consistently updated, and features Google's Material design, along with nice functionalities like a settings window.
There are also GPMDP apps available for Android and iOS which means you don't even have to touch your desktop, just select something to play from your mobile application and your desktop will play but it's kind of useless because if you are on your PC then you don't have to use mobile to play something.

  • Supports media keys (play, pause, stop, next, previous)
  • last.fm Scrobbling and Now Playing support!
  • Hands free Voice Controls!
  • Desktop notifications on track change
  • A simplistic mini player
  • Customizable Dark theme
  • Task bar media controls (media controls embedded into the task-bar) Windows only
  • Smooth scrolling and overlay scroll-bars for a nicer User Experience
  • HTML5 Audio Support - No more Adobe Flash Player
  • Minimize to task bar for background music playing
  • Customizable hotkeys, no worries if you don't have media keys. Choose your own shortcuts
  • Choose your audio output device from within the player
  • And a whole lot more coming soon!

Available for Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Debian and Ubuntu derivatives
To Install Google Play Music Desktop Player (GPMDP) in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

If it freezes while logging into your Google account, simply run it from terminal using this command (as mentioned in FAQ)
google-play-music-desktop-player --disable-gpu
If you don't want to add repository then download Deb package and install it, RPM packages also available as well as source code to compile in other distributions.

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