Basically what the title says. I’ve grown accustomed to using not only the media keys on my home keyboard, but also generic global hotkeys at work (where I must use a dedicated media player instead of Google Play Music). Is there a way to trigger at least the next, previous, and play/pause functions with a set of global hotkeys?
Bonus points if you can also tell my how I can show the track info on my Logitech keyboard LCD (using SirReal’s panel).
Install the Google Play Music Chrome extension, then see this article about shortcuts to configure next/previous/pause/play/stop features on either “in chrome” shortcuts” or “global shortcuts” (available no matter what window is on top).
If that doesn’t do it for you, there are Chrome extensions such as Key Socket Media Keys, Prime Player for Google Play Music™, Media Keys, Sway.fm Unified Music Media Keys, Better Music, Media Buttons for Google Music, and maybe others that can enable keyboard media keys to control Google Play Music and other music players. Do read their entire FAQs about setup. Some of these extensions are open source so they can be further enhanced if needed.
If you’re using Firefox, try the Google Music Media Key Fix add-on.
Google Play Music Labs will let you enable “Desktop Notifications”. It won’t use your keyboard LCD but it does show “what’s playing without having to switch back to your Google Play Music tab. A notification will appear at the start of each song with the song title, artist name, album title, and album cover.”
If you’re running on Windows, the GMusic program supports media keys and more.