Google has recently released a few new features for Google Play Music users. The new goodies have arrived by way of the Labs, which means that you will have to choose to enable them. That bit aside though, the new goodies include Desktop Notifications, HTML5 Audio and 5-Star Ratings. These all come disabled by default however that can be changed easily enough by hitting the Google Play Music link at the bottom of this post and then clicking the button for “enabled” next to the feature(s) you want to use. Breaking each of these down a bit further and we have the following;
- Desktop Notifications: Find out what’s playing without having to switch back to your Google Music tab. A notification will appear at the start of each song with the song title, artist name, album title, and album cover. This lab only works in the Chrome browser.
- HTML5 Audio: Listen to your music without the need for Flash. Works in all browsers that support MP3 playback with HTML5 audio: Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE9+.
- 5-Star Ratings: Rate songs on a 5-star scale rather than thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
And lastly, as Google so kindly notes — these are still Labs features which means that “they may change, break, or disappear at any time.”