nuclear – desktop music player focused on free streaming


nuclear gives you convenient access to a huge music archive courtesy of YouTube, Soundcloud, and Jamendo.

The developer has paid a lot of attention to presentation. Its interface is sublime.

At times, the software lumbers like a heavyweight boxer who has been knocked down and taken a long count. The software is slow to start up, feels somewhat sluggish in usage, with occasional peculiar delays in performing an action. Hopefully these issues will disappear with further releases. Stability seems good. I didn’t experience a single crash despite extensive testing.

nuclear is a long way from being a real alternative to Spotify. The software is free and open source but pulls proprietary content. How do they differ? Well you don’t have the amazing catalogue that Spotify offers. Unlike Spotify, nuclear breaches the content providers’ terms of service. And it doesn’t reward artists for their work.

I’ve reviewed a fair few applications that are similar to nuclear. These include, in no particular order, Headset,, Kaku, MellowPlayer, and Olivia. Most of them are memory hogs, and nuclear is the same. ps_mem reports a memory footprint of 500-700MB. That’s courtesy of using Electron.

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: nukeop and contributors
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

nuclear is written in JavaScript and TypeScript. Learn JavaScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn TypeScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Dashboard
Page 4 – Downloads
Page 5 – Lyrics
Page 6 – Search Results
Page 7 – Equalizer
Page 8 – Other Features
Page 9 – Summary

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