Music player


I's been said before: Rather than the command line becoming extinct as desktop GUIs take over, it seems the opposite is happening. Each month, an increasing number of wonderful command-line interface (CLI) tools attempt to do things we've become more accustomed to on the desktop. Of course, this could be because it's easier to create a command-line tool than a desktop tool, and it's a good place to start if you're experimenting with Linux and open source software development. However, this can't be the whole story. It must also be because more and more of us are beginning to prefer the distraction-free environment of the command line over the desktop. This is certainly my own experience.

Musikcube is another step away from the desktop without having to sacrifice any desktop functionality. It's a music player and manager alongside a server that can stream your music to other clients and even an Android app. It works just like any major music application, building a database of your music collection and then letting you browse by album or artist. The filter section lets you quickly search for a piece of music, an album, or an artist that matches your search term. You simply add the music you're interested in to the play queue. It's easy to use, with your first view providing a great overview of how musikcube is configured and which music back end it's using (PulseAudio by default). You just need to select where your music is stored and press the space bar. From there, you simply navigate through your music and press play. The UI is beautifully designed and looks fantastic on a dark theme, making a mockery of the frippery you find in some desktop equivalents.

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Although not shown here, the Android client is a brilliant accompaniment to an already brilliant application.

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