Nuvola Player

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2.5.0 / 3.0.0 Alpha BSD License    
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An Open Source project that provides users with an integrated cloud music player

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Nuvola Player is an open source graphical application designed to provide users with a simple interface for popular cloud music services, such as Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, Grooveshark, Rdio or Pandora.

Supports a wide range of music services

At the moment, it supports the Amazon Cloud Player, Deezer, 8tracks, Google Play Music, Pandora Radio, and Rdio services. It used to support the Grooveshark and Hype Machine services, which are no longer maintained.

Even if it’s not mentioned on the official website, Nuvola Player also supports the Bandcamp online music service and Logitech Media Server, which allows users to connect to Logitech Squeezebox devices.

Easy to use graphical user interface

The user interface is quite simple, as it provides four big buttons on the middle of the main window, from where users can load a service, configure various options, view the release notes, and quit the application.

From the preferences dialog, you can easily set the program to run in background when the main window is closed, enable keybindings with the Space key, change the skin, use proxy servers, configure the currently loaded services, as well as to add various plugins.

Includes various plugins for extended functionality

Default plugins include a dock manager, support for Last.fm and Libre.fm services, fetching of lyrics, remote player interface, notifications, tray icon support, media keys support, and developer’s bar.

The application integrates well in the system tray area of any Linux distributions and uses the dock menu, the internal notification system, multimedia keys, media player applets, as well as the sound menu and Unity launcher of the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Under the hood

Being written in the Vala and JavaScript programming languages, the project is distributed as a single source archive that can be configured, compiled and installed in any Linux distribution. In addition, there are official packages for the Ubuntu and Debian operating systems.

Summing up, Nuvola Player is a great and unique application that allows users to use all of their cloud music services from within a single desktop application (no Internet browser required).

Nuvola Player was reviewed by Marius Nestor
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Last updated on December 8th, 2014
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