Cross-platform music player Clementine now with Google Drive support

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 6, 2012
Updated • Jan 16, 2013
Music, Music and Video

A new version of the cross-platform music player Clementine Player has been released recently introducing support for several online services including Google Drive support to play music stored on Google Drive directly from the player. Clementine, which is based on Amarok, has a lot to offer in terms of functionality making it more of an iTunes alternative than an alternative for music players such as AIMP3 or Winamp.

Clementine is not only a music player but also a program that you can use to organize your music library.While you can use it to play Internet radio or local files exclusively and without adding them to the library, you can also add your local music collection to the program to benefit from a number of features including automatic or manual tag editing, lyrics, cover art downloads and more.

clementine music player

Instead of going through all the program's features, I'd like to mention several that I like the most. One of the things that Clementine offers is to tap right into Jamendo's catalog of music. This downloads Jamendo's online catalog to the application so that all of the service's artists are listed afterwards in the music player. From here, it takes two clicks to play any artist hosting music on Jamendo. Note that this may take up 150 Megabyte of storage space on your hard drive and that actual tracks are streamed to the computer just like Internet radio is.

Clementine has support for Grooveshark, Spotify, and SoundCloud built-in which you can tune in if you are living in a country where those services are available. Add to that support for highly popular Internet Radio stations such as Digitally Imported, and SomaFM, the full Icecast directory,, and your own personal collection of streams and you have a player that leaves little to be desired in this regard.

The latest version of Clementine comes with support for the gpodder podcast directory which you can use to add podcasts. That comes in addition to support for finding iTunes podcasts (even if iTunes is not installed on the computer), BBC podcasts, and podcasts urls that you can add manually.

Other features worth noting are support to copy music to your iPod, iPhone or mass-storage USB player directly from Clementine, integration of artist biographies, lyrics and photos during playback, smart and dynamic playlist support, music conversion and playlist import and export.

There is one downside which needs to be addressed. Clementine is quite resource hungry memory-wise. On a 64-bit Windows 7 test system, it used about 250 Megabyte of RAM, which is a lot more than music players such as AIMP3 use. If RAM is not of an issue, or if you are looking for an iTunes replacement, then Clementine may be the tool that you are looking for. (discovered via Instant Fundas)


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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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