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Google wants to manage your music. Fine; go for it guys.

But here's the thing: there is an app in the Chrome WebStore for the Google music player thingy. And that installs fine. But you have to upload music into your library, right? Well, to do that, you gotta use their "music manager" application.

Which, of course, you can't install on a Chromebook. And while that's annoying, I do accept that Chromebooks are not laptops, and therefore can't do everything with one. I understand why I can't install this "music manager" application that's required to upload music into one's library on Google Play.

But what really freakin' hacks me off is that there isn't anything on the Google Play website that just tells me that. I click on "upload music" and it wants me to download this app. I go to do that and it gives me options to download Ubuntu .deb files or Fedora .rpm files. Neither of which will do a damn thing on a Chromebook.

Really? Google can't freaking figure out that I'm hitting this site from a Chromebook, and therefore tell me, "Sorry, no can do, boss!" Are the folks at Google Play aware that Google is selling these gorram Chromebooks? It's not the lack of function that's a problem, it's the lack of support/respect. Just tell me that it won't work! Don't make me figure it out on my own, fer chrissake!


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Mar. 5th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Imagine the poor folks that aren't as smart as you trying to figure it out. Clearly chromebooks are not for grandma.
Mar. 7th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I see your point, but I'd presume that grandma doesn't have much on an MP3 collection. Indeed, if all Nana does is check email and shop for support hose, a Chromebook might work pretty well.

Who is being misled, methinks, are teenagers looking for a cheap laptop to use for school and entertainment. I've seen a lot of complaints about, for example, poor Netflix support in the Chromebook forums. (The other commonly seen complaint is usually something related to the round-about process for printing, but that's a different story.)

Google picked a tough row to hoe with the Chromebooks. Because they ain't laptops, but they sure do look like laptops, ya know? But Google isn't making anything easier on itself by avoiding directly reporting the limitations of the things.

At least the one I have was relatively cheap. Apparently they're bringing out a $1200 model, to compliment the current $300 and $350 ones. I expect they're going to get a hell of a lot more kick-back from people who buy those things, which are in the price range of MacBooks but with not nearly the same level of software polish or function.
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