Do you hate programs that are laden with features with the vast majority of the functionality something you’ll never use and which only distracts you from enjoying the software? There is definitely virtue in having a music player that’s stripped to the bare essentials. The developer has a clear perspective crafting a simple music player that doesn’t seek to offer all the bells and whistles.
If you want a simple and attractive music player and can live without gapless playback, Amberol may be a good fit for your GNOME desktop. We like its gradient backgrounds and that it offers a GNOME-friendly aesthetic style. The developer plans to add a ‘Zen mode’ where the controls fade out after a timeout when the playlist is hidden which will be a pleasant touch.
If you need management of your music collection, smart playlists, the ability to edit songs’ metatdata, Airsonic support, view lyrics and other such features, Amberol is definitely not going to meet your requirements. But for many audiophiles, these types of features only distract from the main objective; enjoying their music collection.
Developer: Emmanuele Bassi
License: GNU General Public License version 3 or later