Byte, a music application in the purest iOS style of Apple

Byte, music app in the purest iOS style

There are not a few applications available in Linux that allow us to listen to music, but there is always room for one more. The main problem that I see in terms of music applications is that it is difficult for one to include everything we ask for, and that is why it is a good idea to try all that we can until you find the perfect option. Yes Rhythmbox, Clementine, Lollypop, Cantata, Tauon or the one you are using now does not convince you, maybe it will Byte.

What is striking about Byte is that, although they do not say it openly, it seems a app designed with how Apple would do things. Starting with the icon that is basically an iTunes icon that is no longer available in macOS Catalina. Once the app is open, the feeling that we are dealing with Apple software does not diminish and it seems that we are facing a clone, a slightly uglier one, it must be said, of the iPhone Music app.

Byte, a minimalist music player for Linux

Among the outstanding functions that Byte offers we have:

  • Light and dark themes.
  • Possibility to add up to 100 articles (songs) in «Recently added».
  • Organize by album, title, number of plays or recently added.
  • Advanced multimedia details and artist information.
  • Group playlists, albums, artists, songs, etc.
  • Search, add and play internet radio stations.

The playback options it offers are also minimalist: play or stop the song, advance or delay, also from the slider or slider, put in random and we can also mark the songs as favorites. If we enter the options, we can choose a theme between light (white and red) and two dark (black and red or black and green). It also offers us the possibility that it does not stop the playback even if we close the app and that it sends us notifications when it moves to a new song. Does not include equalizer, but this is a personal note that, if we take into account that it is not available in many other music apps, it seems that it only matters to me.

Byte is available as Flatpak package en Flatub, so in order to install it we will have to enable support. It is curious that in Ubuntu Software everything appears in Spanish, but I have not seen that possibility in Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine. Will you give Byte a chance or are you already happy with your music app?


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  1.   Alan M said

    The xdxd icon has already been updated.