Gemini – audio player with wallpaper changer

Last Updated on September 1, 2020

In Operation

Here’s a short video showing Gemini in action. The player plays a wide variety of audio codecs including FLAC (the most important for me) and MP3. It uses mpv for playing the audio.

Top right shows the playlist. It doesn’t parse the track names properly. A left mouse click plays a track, a right mouse click deletes the entry. You can drag and drop multiple tracks to the playlist, or add them from the musical note icon (the 4th icon residing above the volume slider). It’s very basic as playlists go. You can access the Gemini playlist with the keyboard shortcut CTRL+P, although the functionality in the playlist pane didn’t work on my system.

There’s the usual playback icons, volume slider, and shuffle playback. In the centre is a circular progress bar.

Gapless playback is the uninterrupted playback of consecutive audio tracks, such that relative time distances in the original audio source are preserved over track boundaries on playback. It’s an essential feature if, like myself, you listen to classical, electronic music, concept albums, and progressive rock.

Implementing gapless playback is not trivial, and many Linux music players lack this functionality. Gemini sadly falls into that camp.

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Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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