Mélodie – no frills music player

Last Updated on August 13, 2022

In Operation

On first startup, you’re presented with a quick tour which lets you choose a folder on your hard drive that hosts your music. It’s simple to add additional music folders after finishing the quick tour.

Here is an image of Melodie in action. The interface is extremely polished, thoughtfully laid out, and a genuine pleasure to use. At the top, we can filter by albums, artists, and playlists.

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There’s support for album art. And it’s really simple to add an image to an album. There are many nice touches which help to make the interface sublime.

There’s support for the ubiquitous shuffle play, repeat one track and repeat all options.

Other features include:

  • Audio formats supported: FLAC, Ogg Vorvis, Opix, WAV, Webm/a and MP3.
  • Supports AudioDB and Discogs.
  • Reads music metadata to construct the album and artist library.
  • Broadcasting.

We always consider a music player must have gapless playback. 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 essential if you listen to classical, electronic music, concept albums, and progressive rock. There’s a few Linux music players that don’t offer gapless playback.

Sadly Mélodie falls into the minority camp bereft of gapless playback. That’s a showstopper in our book.

Next page: Page 3 – Memory Usage

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Memory Usage
Page 4 – Summary

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