Google Music Manager Fix for Linux
There seems to be a problem with the Google Play Music Manager on Linux, where once you set up the Music Manager for the first time, it's impossible to get its main window to appear after that. The tray icon is there, and it can be right-clicked on to bring up a menu, but clicking "Options" in the menu does nothing, and double-clicking the icon (which should
bring up the Options window) also doesn't do anything.
I ran into this problem a couple different times on different machines running Fedora over the span of about the last 6 months. I had to Google it both times to find a solution (which wasn't easy to find), so here's the solution that ended up working for me each time.
- Stop the Music Manager by right-clicking the tray icon and clicking "Quit."
- Delete the folder
- Optional step: the Music Manager is horrible at detecting duplicates, so I recommend you completely clear out your
~/Music folder (if you already downloaded songs from Google, move them to some other place). You'll see why in step #8.
- Open the Music Manager again from your applications menu.
- Log in to your Google account, etc.
- Choose "Upload music", not Download.
- Don't use the default "Music Folder" option, but explicitly browse to your Music folder and add it manually.
- Ignore any warnings about "less than 10 songs in the folder" etc. Also, if you already have music in your Music folder, the Music Manager will upload them anyway, and it sucks at detecting duplicates so you'll end up with a ton of duplicates on your Play Account in the cloud. This is why I recommend to clear out your Music folder in step 3.
For some reason, choosing to upload rather than download during the initial setup fixes the problem of the Options window not appearing from then on. Hopefully Google will fix the Music Manager soon, but it's been broken for ~6 months already so in the mean time this is the work-around. I eventually found this solution both times from a thread on the Ubuntu forums
. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app is unnecessary, simply deleting the config folder does the same job.
Also, if you can't get the Music Manager to start at all in the first place, try running it from a terminal window with the
google-musicmanager command and see what it says. On Fedora, it told me "error while loading shared libraries: libQtWebKit.so.4", and I just had to
yum install qtwebkit to fix it (the MusicManager RPM didn't correctly list this dependency). When you see this or similar errors in Fedora, you can use a command similar to
yum provides '*/libQtWebKit.so.4' and see what packages provide the missing file, and know what to install from there.
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