Google’s culture of letting their staff spend 20% of their time working on pet projects of theirs has certainly borne its fair share of fruit over the years, and it has not gone unnoticed that we ourselves have ended up so used to Google Labs features on most of the common services such as Gmail and Google Maps, that we tend to forget that they are experimental in nature (technically speaking). Google Music, too, is a beneficiary this time around, where new features have been introduced to the desktop version of its web player. Some of these features include toggles for an HTML5 player instead of relying on Flash, desktop notifications which resemble those in Gmail (for Chrome users only), as well as the ability for you to rate a piece of music on a five star scale. Ever since Google Play put up Google Music, there has been no shortage of updates, and for those who live in the US, you might want to check things out.

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