Tizonia: cloud music from the terminal


Tizonia is a cmdline music player specially for those who love to stream music. Spotify premium, Google Play Music and Soundcloud are the most advertised services which work with Tizonia. However, it doesn’t stop there. Tizonia has every potential to become your one stop music player. And if you share a LAN with friends, you can setup a common music server too! Continue reading Tizonia: cloud music from the terminal

pmrp: radio stations from cmdline


We explored internet radio players like Yarock, XiX and Nuvola in our earlier articles. Though they differ in certain features, all of these players have nice GUIs. How about a lightweight online radio player that plays right from the terminal and doesn’t obstruct you in any way? Enter pmrp (Poor Man’s Radio Player). Continue reading pmrp: radio stations from cmdline

Nuvola Player: cloud music for the desktop

If you have multiple cloud music service subscriptions, you might end up installing several clients to access them. There are music players like Yarock which can play from some cloud services and play local music as well. Continue reading Nuvola Player: cloud music for the desktop

Lollypop: GNOME music player

lollypop_compYarock is rocking me for a while. However, I like variety and was quite happy to find Lollypop, a fresh music player for the GNOME desktop environment. It’s still under development but can be tried out for testing. Lollypop is written in gtk3 and python.


  • Plays mp3/4, ogg and flac.
  • Genre/Artist/Cover browsing
  • Search
  • Queue
  • Party mode
  • Replay gain
  • Cover art downloader
  • Context artist view

Lollypop is available on Arch, OpenSUSE, Fedora and Debian. There is a gtk3 bug due to which installation is broken on Ubuntu (at the time of writing). Once the fix is in place with gtk 3.14, you can install Lollypop on Ubuntu using the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/gnuppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install lollypop

Webpage: Lollypop

Yarock: cloud and local music player

Yarock is an online radio and local music player written in Qt with Phonon multimedia framework in the backend. It can stream online radio services like Shoutcast or TuneIn to play the music of your choice. In addition, it has far less dependencies than Tomahawk. Yarock has a clean interface with music collection browser based on cover art.


  • Music collection database (SQLite 3)
  • Browse your local music collection based on cover art
  • Easy search and filter music collection
  • Manage favorites item (album, artist)
  • Play music directly from collection or play queue
  • Simple Play queue
  • Smart playlist generator
  • Support mp3,Ogg Vorbis,flac music files (depending on phonon backend)
  • Support load/save playlist file (m3u, pls, xspf)
  • Play radio stream (tunin, shoutcast, dirble, …)
  • Mp3Gain tag support for volume normalization
  • Cover art download
  • Last Fm scrobbler
  • Cmdline interface, Mpris interface
  • Clean and simple user interface
  • Minimal dependencies (no GNOME or KDE dependencies)


To install on Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install yarock

Webpage: Yarock

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Tomahawk: search & play music

Have you ever wanted to listen to a song badly only to find out that it is not on your hard disk? Tomahawk is a powerful music player that can fetch the best quality audio for the song you search and play it for you. It looks up a number of web services to find the music. It can play audio files on your device too. Tomahawk uses Qt project’s Phonon multimedia framework to play music. It’s also a social music player where you can discover what your friends are tuned to.


  • Supported services:
    > Spotify
    > Beats Music
    > Google Play Music
    > Soundcloud
    > Last.fm
    > Grooveshark
    > Owncloud
    > and many more to make sure you get your tune
  • Polished look and feel
  • Connect to your friends to browse and play their libraries, playlists and stations
  • Create custom stations
  • Multiplatform. Supports Linux, Windows, mac and Android.


To install Tomahawk on Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tomahawk

Note that Tomahawk has a overwhelming number of dependencies, a drawback in my opinion.

Webpage: Tomahawk

Similar software

  • Atraci
  • Ampache
  • Clementine
    $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install clementine

XiX Music Player: beautifully musical

XiX Music Player is a beautiful and feature-packed multiplatform music player cum organizer. Your music collection can be visually categorized in different tabs like Artist, Albums, Playlists or File Manager. It also showcases a lyric viewer. While it can play online radio it also has the ability to schedule and record them. The software is a fresh one and powered by Lazarus and FreePascal. Features at a glance:

  • Supports the following file formats: MP3, OGG, M4A (non-DRM), AAC, FLAC, OPUS, APE
  • Play & Rip your CD to MP3 or FLAC. CD-Text and CDDB support
  • Rip DVD tracks to MP3 or FLAC. Needs mplayer.
  • See albums the choosen artist is on and vice versa
  • Create and use Playlists
  • Online Radiostations + Presets
  • Record Online Radiostations
  • Schedule Radiostation recordings
  • Listen & Download Podcasts
  • Play License free audio from the Internet Archive
  • Show the lyrics and CD-Covers of the song being played
  • Shuffle and Repeat
  • Reverse Play
  • Crossfading
  • Search
  • Rate your songs
  • EQ + FXs (Flanger, Echo & Reverb)
  • Set EQ for individual songs
  • Copy, Delete or Rename the file
  • Change ID3 tag (only for MP3/OGG/FLAC/APE)
  • Theme support
  • Supports: Linux, Linux ARM (Raspberry Pi), Windows & MacOS Intel. Windows support is limited.


$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps 
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install xix-media-player
$ sudo apt-get install xix-media-player-qt

The second instruction installs the Qt version.

Webpage: XiX Music Player