qoob – excellent foobar-like music player for Linux

Last Updated on September 1, 2020

Other Features

What else does qoob offer?

You can control qoob from the command line.

Play, pause, stop, change tracks, load folders, load files, and more can be initiated without accessing the graphical frontend.

Let’s take a look at some of the other features of qoob.

  • Fast and asynchronous – it’s fast to navigate through your defined library paths even when the system is under heavy load.
  • Search functionality that uses the metadata stored in RAM, with caching functionality.
  • Track sorting.
  • Music library is organized by the structure of your folders.
  • Support for intermittent, remote library.
  • Tags are parsed from file header when available.
  • Missing tags are guessed with regex, from title and folder structure.
  • Realtime search to quickly find a specific title.
  • Hotkeys:
    • Space: play-pause.
    • Backspace: remove selection from playlist.
    • Delete: delete selection from disk.
    • Left arrow: skip 5 seconds backward.
    • Right arrow: skip 5 seconds forward.
    • Ctrl + X: cut selection.
    • Ctrl + C: copy selection.
    • Ctrl + V: paste selection.
  • Customizable notification, title, and tooltip format.
  • Icon theme – light or dark.
  • Desktop popup notifications that are configurable – determine their duration, opacity, font size, and geometry.
  • Human readable configuration, metadata, cache and playlists.

Let’s now examine memory usage. One of my favorite memory reporting utilities, ps_mem reports that qoob uses a frugal 80-100MB of RAM. That’s a welcome break from the memory gobbling music players that use web technologies.

Next page: Page 4 – Summary

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

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5 years ago

I use to play my music with smplayer or vlc. I’m a basic, file manager, kinda’ guy. Then I “discovered” Audacious. What sets this apart from others are the effects section. While I’m playing an mp3, I could modify the song using echo, speed/pitch and even voice removal – all in realtime.

This sometimes helps spice up some oldies: breathing new life to a song I may have listened to many times over the years.