Aqualung is a competent and sprightly music player. There are many nice touches such as its support for tabbed playlists, and that its volume and balance controls don’t touch the soundcard mixer.
The software includes all the absolute essentials such as gapless playback. It doesn’t excel in any particular area, but it’s a good solution to both listening and managing your music collection.
The software includes support for internet radio and podcasts. We don’t think integrating this type of functionality adds a lot bearing in mind Linux has a large range of quality dedicated internet radio software (notably Shortwave, Tuner, and radio-active) and podcast players (including Cantata, Kasts, and castero).
Aqualung’s interface is pretty meh, and the music store adds unnecessarily complexity. But for all its faults, Aqualung deserves our recommendation as its strong in the areas that really matter.
The software’s last release was back in August 2020 with only a few very minor commits since that date.
Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Tom Szilagyi and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0
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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Memory Usage
Page 4 – Summary