On Chrome OS, Google Play Music is one of the main options of playing back songs in a library. However, there are times when users want to whistle while they work while not having an Internet connection. Fortunately, thanks to Chrome Packaged Apps, Chromebooks can be enhanced for offline use.
One example of is Remo Music Player.
Remo is a relatively simple app that’s available in the Chrome Store that’s designed to play music on internal or external storage. Entire folders can be dragged and dropped into the playlist portion of the window.
Basic playback controls of play/pause, forward, and back buttons are available. The volume can be adjusted, the playlist can be shuffled, and an equalizer can be used to fine tune the individual’s listening experience. As an added bonus, one can attempt to pull lyrics from a song.
There’s even a QR code that can turn your smart phone into a remote control, a feature that works through the device’s mobile browser. Depending on network connectivity, whether it’s through a mobile network or higher speed networks (cable, DSL, T1, fiber, etc…), there may be a slight delay.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of issues with Remo. For starters, dragging songs into the playlist isn’t smooth. It works, but songs aren’t kept in exact order.
Though shuffle exists, there currently is no way to edit the playlist within the window. Those obsessed with editing their playlist may experience some frustration.
Another issue is the background that the app uses. While the changing color scheme looks great, one can clearly see album covers from mainstream artists, which could spell a potential copyright lawsuit against the author if they aren’t careful.
As an app, Remo is quite functional, but only has a couple of features that set it apart from Chrome OS’s built in offering. Though the player has promise, there’s still some work that needs to be done.