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Google Play Music replaces Flash with HTML5 audio + star ratings

Some new 'experimental' controls have been added to the Music sub-section of Google Play which include a toggle for using HTML5 as opposed to Flash for desktops as well as a new five-star rating system (with the thumbs up/down system having been replaced).

Some new 'experimental' controls have been added to the Music sub-section of Google Play which include a toggle for using HTML5 as opposed to Flash for desktops as well as a new five-star rating system (with the thumbs up/down system having been replaced).

Further to the above, desktop notifications are now provided for Chrome users, while the new HTML5 feature for audio streaming will work in all browsers which support MP3 format playback over HTML5 (including Safari, Chrome and IE). At this stage Firefox and Opera are left out in the cold until HTML5 MP3 audio support comes along.

However, despite these minor improvements it is unlikely to do much in turning around the disappointing sales figures from the Music section thus far, especially with iTunes still being way too far ahead to consider Google's alternative any form of competition at this point. Perhaps when Google deals with the unpublished limit bug that even affects users listening to their own music that was manually uploaded to Google, things will be looking better.

Source: iPodnn

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