I am a big fan of Google Play Music and I have been using it for while now. Therefore, you could easily assume that I am also an only Android user. Well that is partly wrong because I am also a heavy Windows user, both Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Reality is, though, that I have been searching for a while for a way to access my Google Play Music account from within Windows 10, through an app. Indeed, there is a lack of Windows apps compared to the plethora of Android apps.
gPlayer for Google Play Music PRO
The first app which I have tried is gPlayer for Google Play Music PRO. You can download this application from the Windows Store for free. It is quite clean and carries the color scheme of Google Play Music. It is nice to navigate through, however, it is somewhat different to the look and feel of the official Google Play Music service. It is after all a Windows application.
What I found most annoying at the time of testing was that the app would keep synchronizing over with my local library, from scratch, every few minutes.
The other problem was that after logging into my Google account, my Google Play Music Library was nowhere to be found. This means that whatever albums I have added in my library over time where not shown for me to play.
The application also has a caching option, which, however I was not able to use since no music appeared in my library.
Google Play Music Desktop Player
This application is a standalone one and is not available on the Windows Store. You can get it from here. Once you install and run the application you will get a feel and look very close to the Google Play Music website. All functionality and options are there and the application does not let you think you are using something else.
When you log into your Google account, your music library will show up as expected so there are no surprises there.
The only thing I could not find in the application, though, is the option to download an album to my Windows device. This is something I very often use when I am on the road and it is dearly missed.
Overall, though, the app is pretty stable and makes for a very good Google Play Music app for Windows.
At the time of writing I couldn’t find any other good (native) option for Google Play Music in Windows. So out of the two apps I would definitely say that Google Play Music Desktop Player is the best option, even though it does not come with a download music function for offline use.