How to stream music from Google
Friday’s announcement of Google Music is great news, but it’s only available if you live in the US.
There is another way to stream your music from Google, which while not as visually impressive as Google Music, sounds just as good. You can stream your music from Google Docs to your PC or phone.
To do this, you need Syncdocs and a media player like iTunes, Windows Media Player or VLC.
Guide to playing music on Google Docs
To stream your music from the web:
1. Install the latest free beta version of Syncdocs.
2. Right click on the folder containing your music. Select “Create Google Playlist”.
If it not already on Google Docs, Syncdocs will pop-up and ask you to upload it first.
3. Syncdocs will make two “Google Playlist” files.
Syncdocs syncs these files to Google Docs, so you can just download the playlist files from another browser and open them to play your music. Open these files to your mobile, or other computer you want to listen to this music from. You can also email these files or get the short link in Syncdocs sharing.
What’s great is that you don’t need the big audio files on the device you are using to play the music. All you need are the tiny playlist files. The audio is streamed live from the Google.
The “Google Playlist” file that Syncdocs creates, is a tiny file with links to your music on Google Docs.
Open the playlist in Windows Media Player, VLC, Winamp or iTunes on any other PC or Mac. You can also play it on your mobile, the m3u playlist file can be played with a playlist media player, like Just Playlists on Android or fstream on iPhone.
Playing in VLC in Windows
Playing in Just Playlists on Android
Just tried it and it works to my iPhone 4. This rocks!
Update: In late January 2012 Google rolled out a change that means VLC won’t play the playlist. Other mp3 players, (like AIMP) still do.
We’re looking at how to fix this.