How to Control Music Playback from YouTube and Other Services via Chrome’s Toolbar

Do you frequently listen to music using services like YouTube, Google Music, or Pandora? If so, wouldn’t it be great to be able to control the music playback from these sites without actually having to switch to its tab?

If you’re a Google Chrome user, an extension called Music Controller (Chrome Web Store) adds music controls for various popular sites so you can control its music playback right from the browser toolbar. At this time, the extension supports the following services: YouTube, Google Play Music, Pandora, Rdio, Grooveshark, and MOG.

Music Controller

Music Controller for Google Chrome

As shown in the screenshot above, Music Controller also integrates with the thumbs up/down feature of services like Google Play Music and Pandora. There is also a mute button at the top which stops all playback activity.

The limitation to this extension is that it can only control services that are open in a tab of the same browser window.

What do you think of Music Controller? Have a better way to manage your in-browser audio playback? Share with us in the comments.

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Brian is the co-founder of TechAirlines. He is a developer currently focusing on mobile and web development. He is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, majoring in Computer Science.

  • Anonymous

    WOW, I did not know that I can do that via my toolbar! What an amazing browser is Google Chrome, I am again coming to prove it! Ever since I started using it, have been amazed from the so convenient add-ins that are created every day. So I can listen Pandora and swich my tracks without switching the tabs- what can beat that?!