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David Mead

More new music, this time from Norway...

1 min read

Putting pay to the fact, as a kid, "Norway = nul points". First up some electro-pop starting with Aurora's 'Churchyard'...

...then Sigrid with 'Sucker Punch'.

An old favourite of mine, Royskopp, have now started to release their "Lost Tapes". 'Church' is very good.

Ending with a more "traditional" track from those proto-Norse folk singers Wardruna — 'Solringen'

 

David Mead

Fix for my @GooglePlayMusic issues? Yes! Use @Firefox instead of @GoogleChrome.

2 min read

A week ago I wrote about my issues with Google Play Music. I added another one to the tally as I couldn't upload any music over the past couple of days.  The uploader was stuck with no error message or way to cancel the queued uploads.

Seems a lot of people have had the same issue recently.

I tried the advice in the Reddit thread and it did clear the stuck uploader, but I couldn't get anything new to load.  That was until I tried it in Firefox.

See I'd been doing this all in Chrome because, you know, it's all Google. Turns out that's rapidly turning from a 'pro' to a 'con'.

Opening Google Play Music in Firefox is a little slower than Chrome, but, it fixed some of the issues I was having:

  • upload artwork where it's missing
  • replace incorrect artwork

Downloading the Music Manager desktop app now uploads songs right away and gives me an error report if something fails, along with a reason why it failed.

screenshot of Music Manager showing why a file didn't upload

Chrome never did this. Who knew there was a maximum file size for music - I didn't.

Could this mean, after many years, I switch back to Firefox as my default?

 

David Mead

Is @GooglePlayMusic letting out a death rattle?

1 min read

So @GooglePlayMusic has been showing signs of that, oh so worrying, Google product trait where small things start to not work properly.

Continual uploading

For sometime now the web interface keeps telling me there's one more song uploading. I have no idea what it is. I click on the icon, taking me to the 'recently uploaded' screen, to find everything there.

screenshot of Google Play upload icon

Incorrect artwork

When adding the last four free Underworld tracks, Google Play Music has given them all the same artwork, even though they each come with individual covers.  These covers can be seen when looking at the file locally, but in here they are all the same. Which brings me on to my thrid thing...

screenshot showing same artwork for 3 different music tracks

Cannot upload artwork

At some point Google Play Music lost the ability to upload cover art for tracks or albums. I can pick a new piece, but it never uploads. This means missing, or wrong, artwork can't be fixed.

screenshot showing cover art upload error

I moved away from using iTunes and an iPod quite some time ago, but that option may need to be dusted off (literally) again.