Add Free Music To Google Music With Magnifier

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 22, 2011
Updated • Dec 4, 2012
Music, Music and Video

Google in an effort to make their online music service Google Music more popular has created a website called Magnifier (more precisely a blog) which promotes the service by giving away music for free. Visitors need to have a Google Music account to benefit from Magnifier, and since it is currently limited to select countries and invite only, it could mean that some won't be able to listen to the free music Magnifier offers just yet.

Users with a Google Music account find at least one free song per day over at the Magnifier website. Each new song is introduced with a short review on the site and a "add free music" link to add the song free of charge to the user's Google Music collection.

The songs are added online on the Google Music Beta website where they can be listened to. Google Music offers no options to download songs to a computer. The program Google Music Downloader adds that functionality so that it is possible to download the free songs to the PC.

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The Magnifier website has a free song archive where all past songs of the day are grouped into genres. One nice feature here is the ability to add all songs of a selected genre at once to Google Music.

One song per day may not seem much but it is a free service nevertheless. You find songs from various music genres, e.g. Metal, Alternative and Hip-Hop or Rap there.

Another interesting thing on the Magnifier website is the artist of the week feature which offers a short biography of the selected artist or band plus links to free songs.

The last option is located under the Scanner link on the Magnifier website. Here you find multiple themed tracks, from classic over hip-hop to electronic and jazz.

I have to admit that I'm personally not using any online music storage services which can be attributed to the fact that I have no requirements to access my music collection on other devices. What about you? Are you using music services like Google Music or Amazon Music?


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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