Download Ambiance Theme For Spotify

Michael Tunnell has created a nice Ambiance theme for Spotify which makes the Spotify Linux client integrate better with the Ubuntu desktop.
For those not familiar with Spotify, this is a music streaming service with comes with desktop applications for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X as well as iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The service is available in a limited number of countries. More @ Wikipedia.

The Ambiance Spotify theme comes with Ambiance-like toolbar and colors, a better Spotify tray icon especially designed to look like the Ubuntu Mono Dark icon set (the default icons used in Ubuntu), along with other tweaks that try to give Spotify a more native feel.
Here’s a screenshot in which I’m using the Ambiance Spotify theme in Ubuntu:

Spotify Ambiance theme Ubuntu
And below you can see the original Spotify for Linux theme:

Spotify default Linux theme

How to install Ambiance theme for Spotify
1. To use the Ambiance Spotify theme, firstly make sure you’ve installed the native Spotify Linux client. Then, download Ambiance for Spotify from HERE (see the bottom of the post for a download button) and place the downloaded archive in your home folder.
2. Then, close Spotify and run the following commands to install the Ambiance Spotify theme:tar -xvf ubuntu-ambiance-spotify-theme*.tar.gz
sudo cp resources.zip /opt/spotify/spotify-client/Data/
After this, you can remove the downloaded archive as well as the “resources.zip” file from your home directory.
If you want to revert the changes and go back to the default Spotify for Linux look, close Spotify and then simply reinstall it:sudo apt-get install –reinstall spotify-client

Thanks to / via +Michael Tunnell

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Audacious Media Player 3.3.3 Available To Install In Ubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04 (PPA)

Audacious is a fast, lightweight music player that focuses on high audio quality. The application comes with a huge list of plugins and with two interfaces: a GTK interface (used by default) and a Winamp 2.x like interface (to which you can switch from the menu: View > Interface > Winamp Classic Interface).
Audacious 3.3.3 GTK3

Audacious has been updated to version 3.3.3 recently and is now available, as usual, in the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10. There are no new features in this release, only bug fixes:Export more metadata information through MPRIS2″Close to tray icon” doesn’t work when using Winamp interfaceMixed stereo/mono OGG streaming don’t play properlyFixed fsync() error which was returned for files on read-only mediums such as a CD-ROMPSF plugin skips silences even when they are in the middle of a songOgg vorbis tags do not update”Close Playlist” dialog ignores GTK dialog button orderCannot find decoder for certain urls
The Audacious media player package in our PPA uses a patch to get ffaudio (vma / wav files) to work with the FFMpeg version available in the official Ubuntu repositories and with this release, I’ve had to add yet another patch to get everything to work on Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10. Hopefully everything will work properly (I didn’t encounter any issues in my tests).

Here are a few more Audacious 3.3.3 screenshots:

Audacious 3.3.3GTK3 interface

Audacious 3.3.3 Winamp interfaceWinamp 2 like interface
Audacious 3.3.3The interface is as customizable as Winamp 2 and it even supports Winamp 2 skins

Install Audacious 3.3.3 in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04
To add the main WebUpd8 PPA and install Audacious Media Player in Ubuntu 12.10 or 12.04, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacious
If you’re upgrading from an older version, make sure you upgrade all the Audacious packages (use “sudo apt-get upgrade” or Software Updater / Synaptic).
For other Linux distributions and Windows, get Audacious from its download page.

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Foobnix Music Player Gets New Ubuntu PPA

A quick update for our Ubuntu readers using Foobnix: the player has a new PPA, so remove the old one and add ppa:foobnix-team/foobnix-player instead.

Foobnix music player
For those not familiar with Foobnix, this is a very interesting music player available for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and even Android that comes with a clean design and can play formats ranging from mp3, mp4, aac, audio CDs, wma to FLAC, WavPack (WV), Musepack, CUE and many others (and can convert between audio formats). Among its features are:a huge list of built-in online radio stations;last.fm scrobbling, including for radios;customizable global hotkeys;equalizer;display album cover, lyrics;last.fm integration which can display your favourite songs, top songs from an artist, more;integration with VKontakte (VK), a controversial social network that, among others, allows users to upload (but not to download), search and stream music, kind of like Grooveshark;more!
Here are a few more Foobnix screenshots:

Foobnix music player
Foobnix music player
Foobnix music player

Install Foobnix in Ubuntu using the new PPA
To add the new Foobnix PPA and install the latest Foobnix player in Ubuntu, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:foobnix-team/foobnix-player
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install foobnix
For other Linux distributions, Windows, Mac OSX or Android, see the Foobnix downloads page.

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Xnoise Media Player Gets New Album Art View

Xnoise 0.2.13 has been released today, introducing a new Album Art view, similar to the one available in Banshee or in Rhythmbox through the CoverArt Browser plugin, along with a new application icon created by Reda Lazri.
The new Album Art view can be accessed from the toolbar/menu or by using the CTRL + B keyboard shortcut. There’s an integrated search too, which supports searching for artist, album or track name so you don’t have to exit the Album Art view to find out on which album you can find a certain track:
xnoise media playerNew Xnoise album art view
Other changes in Xnoise 0.2.13:
Revamped ‘Now Playing’ image rendering with reflectionsAdd weblink to keyboard shortcuts in help menuUse symbolic icon in volume sliderImplement MPRIS 2 seekEnable support for more media typesMingw compatibility fixes
new xnoise iconNew Xnoise icon

Xnoise is a fast GTK+ media player written in Vala, which supports both music and video files. It features automatic album art fetching, a nice “Now Playing” pane, media keys sypport, plugins for online services like UbuntuOne Music Store, Last.fm, Lyrics as well as Ubuntu integration such as Quicklists, HUD support, SoundMenu integration and notifications.
Here’s a video recorded by the Xnoise developer, demoing some of the features available in the latest Xnoise 0.2.13:

(direct video link)

Install Xnoise in Ubuntu
xnoise media player
To install the latest Xnoise in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal or 12.04 Precise Pangolin, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xnoise
For other Linux distributions, get Xnoise source via GitHub.

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    Clementine Music Player 1.1 Available For Download

    clementine music playerClementine, a cross-platform music player inspired by Amarok 1.4, has reached version 1.1, getting podcast support with gpodder.net integration, modbar support along with other new features.

    Clementine already had support for quite a few online services, such as Grooveshark, Spotify, Last.fm, Icecast, Jamendo, Magnature and others, and even more were added in the latest Clementine 1.1.: Soundcloud and jazzradio.com.

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      Rhythmbox 2.98 Released, Install It In Ubuntu

      rhythmbox

      Rhythmbox 2.98 has been released yesterday, bringing a new dialog for importing music into the library along with some other small, but interesting changes and many bug fixes.

      Improvements in Rhythmbox 2.98:

      • New dialog for importing music into the library
      • New audio CD metadata lookup library, replacing libmusicbrainz
      • Improved transitions between album art images
      • Nautilus cluebar buttons now result in the right source being selected
      • Update notification buttons when playback state changes
      • Grilo plugin ported to grilo 0.2 API
      • Search musicbrainz for album art by album and artist name
      • Love/ban buttons visible in last.fm/libre.fm sources

      The complete changelog, including the bugs fixed in Rhythmbox 2.98, can be found HERE.

      Here’s the new dialog for importing music:

      rhythmbox 2.98

      Install Rhythmbox 2.98 in Ubuntu

      The latest Rhythmbox 2.98 is available in our Rhythmbox PPA, for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Add the PPA and install Rhythmbox using the commands below:

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/rhythmbox
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

      And a note: the plugins available in the third-party Rhythmbox plugins PPA, should work just fine with the latest Rhythmbox 2.98.

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      Exaile Music Player Lives On, Version 3.3.0 Released With Many Improvements [Ubuntu PPA]

      With no major release in more than 2 years, many thought Exaile, once a pretty popular music player (it was even the default Xubuntu music player), was dead. But it turns out that’s not the case and a new version – 3.3.0 codenamed “jump” -, has been released a few days ago.
      Exaile, an application designed with Amarok 1.4 in mind, but for GTK, comes with many of KDE’s Amarok 1.4 features, along with some extras. Since our last post on Exaile dates back to 2010, here’s a quick features overview:

      • can handle large music libraries
      • tabbed playlists
      • plugins support which includes a huge list of plugins
      • cover fetching
      • CD playback, iPod and USB mass storage support
      • advanced tag editor
      • ReplayGain support
      • equalizer with presets
      • Moodbar integration
      • multimedia keys
      • lyrics fetching
      • dynamic playist
      • Last.fm support
      • many many other features

      exaile 3.3.0
      Exaile 3.3.0

      Besides dropping the leading “0” from the version number (going from 0.3.x to 3.3.x), the latest Exaile 3.3.0 “brings hundreds of fixes as well as a lot of new features”, says the release announcement. Here’s a list of the most important changes in the latest Exaile:
      • New / updated plugins: A-B Repeat, BPM Counter: manually set BPM per track, Group Tagger, History: keep history of played tracks and export them to a playlist, Inhibit Suspend, Last.fm Loved Tracks, Main Menu Button: moves the main menu into a single Chrome-like button, MusicBrainz Covers, OSD: completely rewritten with new options, Preview Device: allows playing audio over a secondary device, useful for DJs
      • Lots of threading issues which resulted in hangs during playback and upon startup have been fixed
      • Asynchronous cover fetching
      • Improved import of media from drag drops
      • New playlist column: scheduled playback time of tracks
      • Tracks and playlist import from and export to arbitrary locations (like network locations)
      • Revamped cover chooser and cover manager
      • Completely new, provider-based menu system
      • Completely rewritten playlist API (cleaner, more flexible and extensible, move and copy tracks arbitrarily between playlists)
      • Support relative paths in playlist import/export
      • Tag handling: support albumartist for MP3/MP4
      • Many UI tweaks and fixes
      • Lots of improvements made to Exaile for Windows, including an installer

      For a complete list of changes, see the Exaile homepage.

      On the left: some of the plugins available in Exaile; on the right: the Exaile cover manager

      The new version isn’t bug-free and since there wasn’t a new release in a long time, expect to find quite a few bugs. Some of the bugs you’ll encounter in Exaile 3.3.0 include: non-working Shoutcast plugin, a buggy Lyrics plugin and most importantly, a bug in the Collection Manager dialog under Ubuntu 12.10 (doesn’t occur with older Ubuntu versions): when adding a music folder, Exaile always adds your home folder instead of the folder you select.
      Here’s a work-around for this Collection Manager bug in Ubuntu 12.10: in the “Add directory” dialog, click the “Type a filename” icon (the pen icon), then enter the exact path to your music collection, like for instance “/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Music” and click “Add”, like in the screenshot below:

      Install Exaile 3.3.0 in Ubuntu

      The latest Exaile 3.3.0 is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10 – add the PPA and install it using the following commands:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install exaile exaile-plugin-contextinfo exaile-plugin-ipod exaile-plugin-moodbar exfalso

      (the last command above installs Exaile along with some Exaile plugins which are not installed by default)

      For other Linux distributions and Windows, download Exaile from Launchpad.

      If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad!

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