At my desk, while working, I typically stream music from Google Play Music (GPM) using my Chromecast Audio device linked up to my hifi. I control this via my Samsung Galaxy S5.

What I'd like is some way to display the 'now playing' track on my Windows 10 laptop (as a widget or notification, preferably), as this is the screen that occupies my attention; I don't want to have to divert my attention from my work in order to turn the phone screen on every time the track changes.

Is there anyway I can accomplish this (I could conceivably script something if there was an appropriate API, but there doesn't seem to be). Or a way to send that info from the phone to the laptop?

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    There's no Web app involved here; this question should be on Android Enthusiasts. That said, there are a couple of tools that allow for display of your Android notifications on your desktop. Pushbullet is one that comes to mind.
    – ale
    Jan 6 '16 at 11:09
  • Google Play Music is a web app, surely. Jan 6 '16 at 11:13
  • It is, but if you're looking for a way to connect up your Android device you are far more likely to get an answer there.
    – ale
    Jan 6 '16 at 11:33
  • Fair enough; I had considered posting over there, but decided that it wasn't an Android question; I was expecting an answer that somehow took information direct from GPM and displayed it on my laptop, and didn't involve the Android devices at all. Jan 6 '16 at 12:35

First, make sure you have Google Chrome Chrome on your computer and add the Cast button to your toolbar.

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Connect your computer and Chromecast to the same wireless network
  3. Go to Google Play Music (play.google.com/music) using Chrome. You can also add the Play Music chrome extension and cast from here instead
  4. Click a song, album, or playlist
  5. Click the play icon
  6. Near the bottom of the screen, click the cast icon. It will be next to the playback controls
  7. Under "Connect to a device", select your Chromecast from the device list.

To disconnect: Near the top right of your browser, touch the cast icon Cast > Stop casting.

Playback controls: You can use the playback controls on Google Play Music, near the bottom of the screen.

Note: You may want to keep the music player open when casting music from your computer. Playback controls can't be used after the music player has been closed, the computer has been turned off, or an Internet connection has been lost.

Source: Use Google Play Music with Chromecast

  • yes, this is one option; but I have a feeling this solution doesn't allow the Chromecast to play the stream direct from the web source? Also, I dont do all my work in a browser - a notification would be better. Jan 7 '16 at 0:11
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    It'd be better if you quote the text, since image cannot be indexed by search engine.
    – Andrew T.
    Jan 7 '16 at 9:39
  • @fearoffours It does play it directly from the web source, as you can close the browser after you start the cast, though you would no longer be able to control it. This is currently the only way to cast GPM. Jan 7 '16 at 11:57
  • @Andrew T. I tried to quote it but it removed too much of the formatting, and didn't have enough time to reformat it. Jan 7 '16 at 11:58

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