Decibel Audio Player – GTK+ audio player

Decibel is a simplistic and functional music player for the GNOME desktop.

Decibel is a GTK+ audio player which aims at being very straightforward to use by means of a very clean and user friendly interface. It focuses on just playing audio without all the fluff that is usually included.

Decibel Audio Player is built around a highly modular structure that lets the user disable completely the features s/he does not need. Decibel Audio Player is written in Python, but still starts faster and uses less RAM and CPU than Rhythmbox.

This software uses GStreamer (a pipeline-based multimedia framework) to read audio files. It is especially targeted at Gnome and will follow as closely as possible the Gnome HIG.

Features include:

  • Extremely fast startup time.
  • Low RAM usage.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • Features are implemented as modules which can be enabled / disabled.
  • Modules include:
    • Audio CD – Allows playing of CDs.
    • Audioscrobbler – Submits played music to
    • Covers – Retrieves and displays album art from the hard disc or
    • Desktop Notification – Alerts the user to the name and artist of a newly playing song.
    • Equalizer – Tune 10 levels of the frequency bands.
    • File Explorer – Allows for exploring music based around folder structure.
    • Instant Messenger Status – Updates the online status based on the currently played song.
    • Library – Allows for exploring music based on artist and then album.
    • Replay Gain – Automatically normalize the volume across the tracks.
    • Status File – Saves playing status to a file for use by an external program.
    • Status Icon – Adds an item to the notification area.
    • Twitter – Update the status of a Twitter account based on what the user is listening to.

Developer: Francois Ingelrest and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


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