Tauon Music Box – Excellent desktop music player

Last Updated on September 3, 2020

Other features


You can broadcast your music collection and listen to it remotely using a web browser. Click the MENU followed by Start Broadcast. Here’s the software streaming.


Besides being able to broadcast your collection, you can also open HTTP audio streams.

And there’s more!

  • Database functions:
    • Export your music database to CSV.
    • Play history to playlist.
    • Reset your image cache.
    • Remove missing tracks.
    • Mark missing as found.
  • Native desktop notifications when new tracks start.
  • Edit tags with MusicBrainz Picard. You’ll need MusicBrainz Picard installed on your system.
  • Keep track of play counts. Visualize these so you always know which tracks are your favorites.
  • Shortcuts for searching artists on Rate Your Music and tracks on Genius.
  • Desktop integration with MPRIS2. The Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification (MPRIS) is a standard D-Bus interface which aims to provide a common programmatic API for controlling media players.
  • Extract archives and import your music downloads in one click.
  • XSPF, CUE (automatic detection).
  • Keyboard shortcuts which are hard-coded.
  • Full-screen mode.

Next page: Page 8 – Memory Comparison

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
4 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
4 years ago

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

Neil D
Neil D
4 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.

9 months 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.

9 months 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
9 months ago

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