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Installing Google Music Manager in Linux

19/07/2013
I really like Google Music’s Service, the ability to upload virtually all of my music collection to the cloud for free is great and Google’s music interface is actually superb, making it really easily to spot artwork or tags that need changing or replacing. My music collection is quite well organised, with artwork and lyrics added to most files and I’m quite particularly about my tagging too. I thought it was almost 100%, but after uploading to Google Music I found that was far from an accurate assessment.
However, Despite what Google want to you think, their Linux support is a bit of an afterthought as none of the downloads for Linux work out of the box anymore. For a Start there are ONLY RPM/DEB downloads, which is fine for most people and what most linux users want, but how hard could it be to include a zip file and bash script installer? 
Neither the .deb or .rpm files work in their intended Distros, and they haven’t been working for a long long time. Fedora 17 was the last distro where the RPM worked for me, Suse, Rosa, Mageia, and Fedora 18 onwards are all unable to install either 32 or 64bit RPM. From the Ubuntu forums the same has been true since Ubuntu 12.04 and personally it fails to install on all and every debiand based distro I’ve tried.
I have tried to tell Google about it and file it as a bug/request about a year ago but it’s been ignored.
However, there is a workaround and a way to run Google’s Music Manager in probably almost any linux distro. So that once installed you can finally upload and download your music to and from Google Music.
The Workaround is not install via your package manager but to install the application manually. Here’s how:
Point your browser at:   https://play.google.com/music/listen#/now and log in to your existing Google Music Account (or create a new account if you haven’t already got one)
When you’re logged in, Click on the orange “Upload your Music” button. This takes you to the Music Manager download page. 
Click on the Download Music Manager Button
Google autodetects your operating system and presents you with the Linux versions to choice from. 
Pick the download file that best suits your system and processor architecture.
 If you don’t have either a Debian or RPM based distribution, like Arch, Puppy etc, I’d recommend downloading the RPM.. 
Although the principle is the same of the .deb version, I’m using ROSA Linux which is RPM based, RPM files are more or less just compressed archives. Open up your file manager and navigate to where you downloaded your RPM file. In KDE, you right click on the RPM file and select 

Extract Archive Here, Autodetect Subfolder

This will run Ark and extract the contents of the RPM to the same folder, in doing so it will create three subfolders

etc,  opt  &  usr

Open up your file manager as Root this time and merge the contents of these three new files into your filesystem.
IF you’re using Dolphin you can split your file manager F3
When you drag the contents over you can select “Write Into” as the copy option.
Merge  etc, opt and usr to /etc/ /opt and /usr

To run Music Manager you’ll find it in 

/opt/google/musicmanager/google-musicmanager

You can optionally add Music Manager to you menu by editing it manually using your menu editor and, if you’re running KDE easily run it by using KRunner (Alt+F2) and typing “google-musicmanager” (without quotes)
I’ve tested this approach in Rosa Linux 32 and 64bit, Mageia 3 and Fedora 19 and it works in all of them.

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