Today the finding a music player that suits your needs is a task that may take some time and this is due to the large number of players that exist for Linux.
Even if a player arrives that makes you think that it is the good one, you find someone else that makes you try it and follow this chain. I recently came across Tauon Music Box which is a music player desktop for local audio file playback.
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About Tauon Music Box
Tauon Music Box in its beginnings it was designed to be functional under Windows 10 and Arch Linux. But thanks to the benefits Flatpak provides, it is possible to test this player on other Linux distributions.
Tauon Music Box It is designed for ease of use and simplicity with minimal setup required and also uses the BASS audio library.
One of the features that I personally liked and caught the attention of many is the lyrics viewer with support for getting lyrics from LyricWiki.
Another plus point that I give to this music player is that it is possible to edit tags with MusicBrainz Picard when it is also installed.
This player has support for popular audio formats: FLAC, APE, TTA, WV, MP3, M4A, ACC, ALAC, OGG, OPUS.
It has a simple interface, easy to learn and with a fairly acceptable usability, it has a fairly generic configuration that is established by default for traditional users.
In addition, it has a large number of keyboard shortcuts, support for a playlist, importing music from a playlist, quick searches, among others.
Of the other characteristics that can be highlighted in Tauon Music Box we find:
- Import tracks and create playlists simply by dragging and dropping.
- Support for gapless playback.
- Batch transcode music folders for easy copying to a PMP.
- Last.fm scrobbling support
- Song history, with which you can see which are your favorites.
- Shortcuts to search for artists in Rate Your Music and tracks in Genius.
- Desktop integration with MPRIS2
How to install Tauon Music Box on Linux?
To install this audio player on our system, we can do so by following the instructions we share below.
As mentioned at the beginning, Tauon Music Box was originally thought to be functional in Arch Linux so its installation in this distribution, as well as in derivatives of it such as Manjaro, Antergos and others.
They must have the AUR repository enabled and an AUR wizard installed. If you don't have it, you can visit the next post where we recommend one.
We are going to open a terminal and in it we are going to type the following command:
yay -S tauon-music-box
Installation from Flatpak
Now for those who are users of a different Arch Linux distribution and not a derivative of it.
You can install Tauon Music Box on your Linux distribution with the help of Flatpak packages.
They should only have the support to install these types of packages on their system. If you don't have Flatpak support added to your system you can visit the following link where we explain how to do it.
Now in a terminal we are going to type the following command to perform the installation in our distribution.
flatpak install --user https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/com.github.taiko2k.tauonmb.flatpakref
Now in the special case of those who already have this application installed and want to update the player to a more recent version.
They have to perform an uninstall of their previous version (only those who installed by Flatpak). To do this, they only have to type the following command:
sudo flatpak uninstall com.github.taiko2k.tauonmb
And then run the above command to install. And you're done with it, you can start using this music player on your system.
In case of not finding the application launcher, you can run it from the terminal with:
flatpak run com.github.taiko2k.tauonmb