Tizonia – powerful open source cloud music player for the Linux terminal

Last Updated on April 28, 2023


If you like the command line and want to stream your music, you’ll probably fall in love with the simplicity and cleanness of Tizonia. With the ability to stream music as well as play local content, this open source software is one of my favorites even though gapless functionality doesn’t currently work with Spotify.

One of the many advantages of command line software is that they are often more frugal with system resources. When playing back audio locally stored, Tizonia consumes a mere 18MB of RAM. Streaming from Spotify consumed 34MB of RAM, whereas streaming with the official GUI client weighed in at a hefty 612MB!

The lack of seek functionality (fast forward and rewind) is a startling omission. And depending on what type of audio you regularly listen to this might be quite annoying. Seek functionality has been on the project’s radar for a long time.

There’s a few services I’d love to see added including support for Deezer and Last.fm scrobbling. The former is included in the project’s roadmap. Other planned features including Pandora support, RPC interface / headless support, Airsonic/Subsonic and Tidal support.

I’d like to be able to configure the output colours, as some of the text is hard to read on a terminal using a black background. Adding lyrics support would also be awesome.

There’s no support for audio enhancements such as graphic equalizers. That’s good! Let’s keep it that way.

Website: tizonia.org
Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository, Gitter
Developer: Juan A. Rubio
License: GNU Lesser General Public License v3.0

Tizonia is written in C and C++. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Spotify (Premium)
Page 4 – Google Play Music (free and paid)
Page 5 – YouTube
Page 6 – Soundcloud
Page 7 – Other Services and Features
Page 8 – Summary

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