June 14, 2024


Buzz The Music

MusicPod is a New Music, Podcast, and Radio Player for Ubuntu

A new all-in-a person music, radio and podcast player is in enhancement for Ubuntu, named MusicPod.

However MusicPod is not an “official” Ubuntu application it exists underneath the umbrella of the Ubuntu Flutter Group, who also preserve that awesome Flutter-primarily based computer software app I previewed last summer (which Ubuntu may well use in a long term release).

As you may perhaps have guessed, MusicPod is crafted with Flutter, Ubuntu’s desired application framework. Flutter’s “Yaru” style and design features imply the app outcomes a glance comparable to the GTK theme of the very same identify but with no becoming an actual GTK application.

So what can it do?

MusicPod Flutter App

MusicPod 1. – audio library

MusicPod can engage in area audio files from any directory you established. Your library is presented as a scrollable checklist. The list can sorted by artist, album, keep track of name, or track variety. There’s a developed-in look for bar to find distinct tracks a lot quicker (and if you search for an album you can obtain an album view).

You get normal playback controls in the course of playback (and there’s MPRIS handle for handle when you are not actively wanting at the app) there are also controls for shuffle, repeat, and ‘like’ possibilities share (only will work in podcasts) and the app involves capacity to build and take care of playlists.

Moreover, MusicPod allows you research, look through, down load, and engage in podcasts from an on the internet supply.

I did seem by way of the source code to see if I could obtain which certain podcast backend MusicPod probes for its listing content material but came up short. It displays the most recent “top 10” podcast charts with filters to sort by style, nation, and far more.

screenshot of MusicPod flutter app for Ubuntu
MusicPod allows you search podcasts

The final string in its bow, MusicPod lets you lookup for and stream internet radio stations. At existing this is restricted to German world wide web radio stations but, a person assumes, will expand to deal with the exact same slew of stations served up by very similar applications like Shortwave as soon as the application edges nearer to a official launch.

screenshot of MusicPod flutter app for Ubuntu
MusicPod’s UI alterations based on dimension

Initially impressions rely, and MusicPod tends to make a fantastic a person. Though additional layout refinements are needed (like finding fewer lonely spot for the Settings button, and hiding the sidebar on narrowest widths) the bones of a great app are there currently.

The playback strip at the base of the window is specifically nice (other tunes applications put the playback controls at the top rated). I also like the sidebar MusicPod reveals on the correct-hand aspect when the window is maximised (but desire it was capable to clearly show at smaller sized viewports too).

If you are utilizing your notebook or Pc as a music hub while you’re undertaking something else there is a ‘full screen’ method that choose the sidebar I mention earlier mentioned and stretches it to fill the display – great for “party mode” shenanigans.

Not completely ready for the huge time (but)

screenshot of MusicPod flutter app for Ubuntu
Lacking album art

The catch right here is that MusicPod is less than active enhancement. And regardless of staying available in the ‘stable’ channel on the Canonical Snap Retail outlet, it is not but all set to be your daily-driver songs participant, podcast app, or radio customer.

Correct now, MusicPod doesn’t “remember” options (e.g., new music directory, liked tracks, playlists, window dimension) in between sessions it doesn’t (for me) render album art for .mp3 files only .m4a but, conversely, will only engage in .mp3 information, nothing at all else. Radio and podcast streams really do not operate, and thumbnail catching is patchy.

I also discovered that audio wouldn’t enjoy if I double-clicked on a observe within of the library. To essentially start off playback I both had to drag the progress pip along the slider a minor, or hit the “play” button in the header of the library perspective. The moment taking part in it operates fantastic, and transitions to up coming tracks in sequence (or shuffle) fine.

But people are bugs that will be preset, and some are uncomplicated to are living with/workaround in the interim.

I do discover the effectiveness of Flutter apps (on my Ubuntu installs, at least) much less-than-best. Not terrible, but there’s a perceptual sluggish-ness when interacting with the UI that isn’t there in standard native toolkits, like GTK. That may well be associated to this bug, a fix for which is forthcoming — just an FYI YMMV LOL OOTB.

In summary, MusicPod is a flashy-seeking Flutter application designed exclusively for the Ubuntu desktop. When it is not in-tune with daily usage needs but but it puts on a promising audition as a headline act in the future.

How to Install MusicPod

MusicPod supply code is up on GitHub but the best way to check out it out is to grab the most up-to-date release from the Snap Store. This theoretically supports any Ubuntu edition (and any Linux distro) that supports Snaps.

Do preserve in thoughts that the app is comparatively new and, as talked about above, has quirks, bugs, and lacking operation. But as Snaps are (comparatively) sandboxed from other components of your technique you can consider it without much too several concerns. Additionally, you’ll get new variations of the application immediately in the background.

Allow me know what you feel about it down in the comments!