Clementine Music Player Added to Slackware 13.1 Repo
In my never-ending (but often paused) search for the perfect music player for my Linux systems, I recently ran across Clementine. This is a port/rewrite/whatever of the old Amarok 1.4 code for QT4. Amarok 1.4 was a nice music player/music manager application, and I prefer it to Amarok 2.x. Clementine seems to maintain much of what made Amarok 1.4 good, while also polishing some bits.
In the past I have built packages for, and tested, several music players and music managers. These included Banshee, Exaile, Quod Libet, and Rhythmbox. I settled on Quod Libet as the best out of the bunch for a few reasons. It is fast, simple, light on resources, and worked reasonably well when transferring files to my USB mass storage DAP. However, there are two nagging issues (that I can think of off the top of my head) that afflict that software.
First, Quod Libet has no “Stop” button to stop playback. This seems to plague most GTK+ players I’ve tested. I suppose the argument is that there is really no reason to stop music while “Pause” has the desired effect when dealing with computer files rather than physical media such as tapes, albums, and CDs. However, this causes problems when listening to streams over the Internet. Pausing the music keeps a connection open to the remote host. It also causes issues while resuming playback: at first, the music will pick up where you left off. After a few moments, though, playback will skip to the current streaming content after some buffered amount of data expires. I personally find this to be annoying. Second, Quod Libet has an odd way of dealing with radio streams that contain multiple URLs. All “stations” get lumped together in the “Internet Radio” tab. Stations with multiple URLs show up multiple times in that tab. It’s hard to explain how this causes problems unless it is experienced first hand. Suffice it to say I’ve been annoyed by this set up on several occasions.
While Quod Libet is still my favorite music manager, despite the shortcomings I perceive, I’ll always be on the lookout for something that better suits my needs. Time will tell if Clemetine is that software.
Feel free to check out Clementine 0.5.3 by downloading my binary package for Slackware64 13.1: