Tauon Music Box – Excellent desktop music player

Last Updated on September 3, 2020


If you click MENU, there’s various views available. There’s the default Tracks + Art View, as well as a Gallery View, Tracks Only View, Lyrics View, Toggle Columns, and Artist Info view.

You’ve already seen the Tracks + Art View. Here’s the others.

Gallery View


Here you get a track listing with album covers. This view works well with a monitor offering a high resolution.

Tracks Only View


If you prefer a more minimalistic approach, this track only view may fit your requirements.

Lyrics View

Here you’ll see album cover art together with the lyrics of the currently played song.


If you don’t like this view, you can view lyrics as a small pane.  By default, lyrics are not enabled as a small pane. To enable, click Menu. From Function, check the Auto search lyrics box. Lyrics will then appear below the album’s cover art, assuming they’re available.


The software scans LyricWiki to retrieve songs’ lyrics. You don’t get the wide choice of lyric providers offered by Cantata. Nor do you get the lyrics highlighting feature of ncmpy. Definitely room for improvement.

Right clicking the lyrics box presents a menu with various options such as the ability to copy the track’s lyrics to the clipboard,

Toggle Columns


This view lets you display columns not normally displayed such as the play count, codec, bitrate, whether the track has lyrics etc. You can also remove any of the columns. Great for the tweakers among you.

Artist Info


In this view, information about the currently playing pop music group is displayed above the track listing. The information is retrieved from Last.fm.

Next page: Page 4 – Settings: Function / Audio

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Views
Page 4 – Settings: Function / Audio
Page 5 – Settings: EQ / Playlist
Page 6 – Settings: View / Transcode / Accounts / Stats
Page 7 – Other Features
Page 8 – Memory Comparison
Page 9 – Summary

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Cameron Clyne
Cameron Clyne
5 years ago

I agree with the review in the main. I’m really loving Tauon Music Box, it’s probably my favorite music player. Does everything I want and much more. This sounds like a sales pitch. But of course it’s totally free and open source software.

Nicholas Clay
Nicholas Clay
5 years ago

This is a real gem of a music player. Definitely worth downloading.

Neil D
Neil D
5 years ago

Excellent is often over-used by web sites. But here’s an occasion where excellent isn’t just another superlative.

4 years ago

Damm is this good! I’m a new ARCH user, been searching for just the “right” player for my collection, WOW! and I’ve used EVERYTHING open-source… I “bow” to the developer… Well Done. Phillip

2 years ago

I have just discovered Tauon via this website. I have used many music players for Linux, most of them are unsuitable, having no gapless playback, or an over-fussy GUI.
I was using qmmp, with the non-skinned (simple) interface, which operates like a file browswer, and facilitates easy drag-and-drop playlist compilation.
Tauon offers both a music library by scanning your Home Music folder, and also drag-and-drop for playlists. Either way, album art can be displayed if you choose, and the image size can be changed, as can the font size within the entire GUI.
It also offers a choice of audio output options, i.e. ALSA, Pulseaudio or JACK.
A very welcome bonus is the stylish interface, often lacking in Linux software. Several colour schemes can be chosen.
As I write, I have been using Tauon only for a few days, and I think I’m going to be using it a lot more.

1 year ago

Interested that it’s so highly praised. I added it, and couldn’t even find a way to point it to read my music from /mnt/T3/Music/Musicbrainz (my sorted folder).

It looks like too much flash – and insanely ‘Importing… 45567’ right now when I have only 1670 files currently in my ‘sorted’ music directory.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ben

Like a lot of feature-laden software, it’s worth reading the manual.

Tauon is a playlist oriented music player. To get started, try importing all your music into a single playlist.

Never seen Tauon misread the number of music files like yours. If you’re still getting an issue, raise it upstream.

Kyle R
Kyle R
1 year ago

I think Tauon is overrated to be honest. While the range of features is impressive, the interface is turgid for a music player.