Recently, MellowPlayerhas been updated with support for remote application management from any other device, as well as support for Pandora and others.
MellowPlayer is a free and open Qt based desktop application for the use and integration of cloud music services (and more) with your desktop, available for Linux and Windows.
It supports many services such as Apple Music, Deezer, Mixcloud, Soundcloud, Spotify, TuneIn, 8 Tracks, Google Play Music, YouTube and YouTube Music, Tidal, Jamendo, Radionomy, Plex, Netflix, Yandex Music and many more. Note that his website does not list all supported services, probably because they are not all supported on Windows and Linux when using AppImage.
Each online music streaming service is integrated as a plugin, making it easy to support other services in the future.
Desktop integration consists of an icon in the taskbar, configurable keyboard shortcuts / media key support, can be controlled via MPRIS v2 (e.g. sound menu in different desktop environments) and notifications.
This is the latest MellowPlayer (with the YouTube plugin) integrated into the Linux Mint Cinnamon sound applet :
Other characteristics of the MellowPlayer:
- Customizable drawer icon and application theme (7 integrated themes and the ability to create your own themes)
- Automatic or manual scaling of HiDPI
- Progress of the song: It can track the numbers you listen to on each shift, with customizable delays. Tracking history is not enabled by default.
- Support for network proxies and custom scripts
- Service options for a range of services :
- Netflix option to skip credits
- Automatically skip and mute the display and close the lower banners for YouTube and YouTube music
MellowPlayer 3.6.0 (followed by Fast 3.6.1 and 3.6.2 for error pair correction) comes with remote control support so you can control playback from anydevice. To do this, install MellowPlayer.Connect (and activate remote management in the MellowPlayer settings), a web server application that displays a simple web interface for remote management of MellowPlayer.
Note that KDE Connect (and GSConnect) users can control the MellowPlayer by enabling the MPRIS plugin – with the plugin enabled, you can open the KDE Connect application on your Android device, click Media Control and find the buttons for playing the MellowPlayer and the current song title and album cover. This works with any MPRIS v2 compatible media player, not just MellowPlayer.
The new version of MellowPlayer has also added automatic detection of faulty plug-ins (music services). When an application detects that a plug-in is faulty, it informs the user and tells him whether the problem is already known or not.
MellowPlayer 1.6 also offers support for Pandora, also known as Pandora Radio. It is an internet radio with free music streaming and automatic music recommendations, only available in the United States.
Other changes to MellowPlayer 1.6 (and 1.6.1 + 1.6.2) :
- Add a filter line at the top of the main picture of the MellowPlayer (if available) and the ability to filter preferred services. This makes it easy to find the desired cloud music service, now that MellowPlayer has grown and supports many services.
- Modification of logbook rules and associated command line arguments. All.log should always contain all debug messages, while console logs should be limited to standard information messages. Also replace –log level/-l with –verbose/-V & –very-verbose/-W. The verbose option allows you to debug messages in the console, while the very verbose option also allows you to track messages.
- Added support for the language selection of the header to ensure that MellowPlayer respects the system language for websites (online music services) downloaded via the header
- Added the possibility to display the player panel (if hidden) via thepop-up menu .
- Fixed mixed cloudPlugin
- Fixes an error in the Spotify plugin when trying to control it from the Plasmaextension of KDE.
- Other corrections
Similar -> Olivia: Cloud Music Player with support for YouTube and more than 25,000 online radio stations
MellowPlayer is available for Microsoft Windows and Linux. On Linux you can find native binaries for Debian, Ubuntu and openSUSE, as well as the Flatpak package and the general AppImage.
It is very important to note that some MellowPlayer plug-ins (music services on the web) require HTML Flash, non-free and/or Widevine codecs. Although this list hasn’t been updated for a while now (and doesn’t contain newer plugins like Apple Music or Pandora), it shows what some plugins need. The list also shows which plugins are missing in some packages (for example in Windows or Linux AppImage). This page shows you how to install Widevine (drm) in case you need it for a plugin (in short, you have to copy libwidevinecdm.so to /usr/lib/chromium).
I should also add that MellowPlayer AppImage does not work on my Ubuntu 20.04 desktop.
The MellowPlayer documentation also explains how to install MellowPlayer on Fedora, ArchLinux (AUR) and KaOS.ubuntu linux news,linux news – phoronix