G-Ear

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G-Ear
G-Ear music player screenshot.png
Developer(s) Zsolt Szatmári
Initial release April, 2012
Stable release OS X 1.6.20 (released June, 2014), iOS 1.0 (released June, 2014)
Development status Active
Written in Objective C, C++
Operating system Mac OS X,[1]iOS[2]
Size MB
Available in English
Type Audio player
License Commercial
Website www.treasurebox.hu

G-Ear is an application for OS X and more recently iOS that allows users to access Google Play Music and in the case of iOS version, YouTube without having to confine themselves to a web browser[3] or having to install Flash Player, with an interface similar to iTunes.[4]

G-Ear's letter "G" refers to Google and the word "Ear" to the human ear. "Gear" suggests the speed of the process when accessing music. The application was created in 2012 by Zsolt Szatmári from Hungary.

It is compatible with Snow Leopard and up, and iOS 6.1 and up.

Features[edit]

Features:

  • play songs added to library from Google Music All Access (a subscription to Google Music All Access is required)
  • iOS version only: YouTube access, free version includes partial YouTube functionality
  • gapless playback
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • post currently played song via Twitter or Facebook (Mountain Lion only)
  • fully Retina compatible
  • "Modern Dark" and "Cocoa" visual themes
  • album-, artist- and genre views
  • playlist support
  • compatible with Rogue Amoeba's Nicecast
  • Post songs to Notification Center (Mountain Lion only)
  • Share Sheets (e.g. can post currently audible song via Twitter, Mountain Lion only)
  • Previous, Play, and Next buttons in OS X status bar (can be turned off in settings if not desired)
  • Apple keyboard Previous, Play, and Next buttons (this is achieved by installing an open-source tool called Magic Keys made by the developer to circumvent Sandbox limitations [5])
  • pause playback if Mac goes to sleep
  • pause/play song by pressing Space
  • filter your songs
  • shuffle, repeat
  • 'instant mixes' and radios
  • Sandbox compliant for the user's security
  • full screen support
  • 2-factor authentication is supported
  • display album art for currently played song[1]

Reception[edit]

G-Ear has been generally well received by the press, citing it's easy of use and its many features.[4][6][7]

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