Yes, it’s been two years since we last saw a stable release from one of the popular music players for Linux. Clementine is also available for Windows and OS X but I cannot vouch for the popularity of those versions, though.
Clementine is a feature rich music player with a nice looking interface (at least it was back in 2012). It’s not too heavy on resources and all these combinations make it an application worth trying. It even comes with and Android app that works as a remote control for the desktop player.
In other features, you can listen to Podcasts within Clementine. No need of a standalone Podcast app in Linux. In addition to Podcasts, you can also listen to the internet radio from a number of sources such as Spotify and SoundCloud.
It can also download missing album art from Last.fm and Amazon. Basically, it has all the features that you would expect in a standard music player. So, what new features does Clementine offer in the latest release then?
New features in Clementine 1.3
- Support for Vk.com
- Support for Seafile server >= 4.4.1
- Ampache compatibility (via Subsonic service)
- New analyzer “Rainbow Dash”
- “Psychedelic Colour” mode to all analyzers
- Faster boot time
- Ignoring English articles for library sorting
- m4b support for non-drm files
- Option to hide listened podcast episodes
- New “Rainbow Dash” analyser
- Better support for Spotify
There are more than 150 major and minor changes. You can have a look at the complete changelog.
How to install Clementine 1.3 in Ubuntu 14.04, 15.10 and Ubuntu 16.04
The latest version is not available in the official repository yet, but for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions based on Ubuntu, you have the option to use a PPA.
Open a terminal and use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install clementine
For other Linux distributions, you can check the download page of Clementine. It provides binaries for a number of Linux distributions including rpm for Fedora.
Uninstall Clementine 1.3
If you installed it using the PPA, you can use the commands below to remove Clementine 1.3 from your system:
sudo apt-get remove clementine sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
If you installed it using the binaries, you can remove it from the Software Center or by using Synaptic.
Is Clementine 1.3 juicy enough for you?
Personally, I don’t use desktop music players anymore. I prefer streaming services like Spotify or even YouTube any given day. How about you? How do you find Clementine 1.3?