Tauon-Music-Box

Tauon Music Box – Excellent desktop music player

Last Updated on September 3, 2020

Summary

Tauon Music Box is absolute gem of a music player. Designed to be streamlined but powerful while putting the user in control of their music collection. It’s jam packed with great features. And there are lots more options with a right-click of the mouse for you to explore.

This is definitely a must download application if you like spending any time listening to music. The software had a nasty bug which caused audio stuttering when listening to FLAC files. Fortunately, this bug is fixed with version 4.1.0. The author has also added 2 new lyric types.

The author offers a disclaimer “I started this project when I was first learning python, as a result this code can be quite messy. No doubt I have written some things terribly wrong or inefficiently in places. I would highly recommend not using this project as an example on how to code cleanly or correctly.” Even if the code isn’t as clean as some might like, the proof is in the pudding. And the pudding (aka software) is awesome.

Website: github.com/Taiko2k/TauonMusicBox
Support: Wiki
Developer: Taiko2k
License: GNU General Public License version 3. BASS library has been removed since this review was written

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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.

Phillip
Phillip
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

Tony
Tony
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.

Ben
Ben
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.

OBx
OBx
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.