Ario is one of those rare application you really need for a command-line project under GNU/Linux operating systems. It’s an open source, fast, lightweight and multiplatform tool designed to act as a client for MPD (Music Player Daemon).
Its GUI (Graphical User Interface) is inspired by the popular Rhythmbox application and can be used to browse your entire music library. It supports all the features that are implemented in the Music Player Daemon program.
Modern, straightforward and easy to use GUI
Ario’s graphical user interface (GUI) is easy to use, straightforward and has a modern look. It is compatible with various desktop environments, including GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt, Xfce and KDE.
It comprises of multiple components, allowing the user to easily access artists, albums and songs. On the bottom part of the window, you will be able to view a list of all the songs that are part of an album, with detailed information about album, artist and duration.
While the toolbar lets users to easily stop, pause and navigate between songs, enable shuffle and repeat modes, as well as to change the volume, a status bar will show you the total number of tracks and duration of the currently selected album.
Additionally, the GUI uses tabs, which allow the user to quickly navigate between the library, file system, playlists, web radios and search functionality.
A portable application supported on Linux and Windows systems
Being designed from the ground up as a cross-platform application, Ario is engineered in such a way that it is very portable, supported on various UNIX-like operating systems, such as OpenBSD and Mac OS X.
At the moment, it is distributed as a source tarball for GNU/Linux and UNIX-like systems, as well as a native installer for Microsoft Windows operating systems. The application is written entirely in the C programming language, using the GTK+ toolkit for its graphical user interface.