How to Install Potamus (music player) in Ubuntu Linux?

Potamus is a very, very simple music player designed for the GNU/Linux geeks :). Although "it says" that Potamus is an extremely fast (loading) player although while I was using it, well, it loaded fast but not that impressive because I've seen others that loads faster than Potamus even after having a lot more features in them.

Remember, Potamus in no way can replace your current music players such as Banshee, Rhythmbox, BMP, etc because with it you don't have a menu, no options whatsoever + you can't even add a folder or create and manage more than one playlist either.

But I guess that's exactly its purpose, to be as simple as possible. But again, if you want to manage a lot of music files... then THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

Main features...

*. The GUI is written in GTK+ toolkit.

*. Can play MP3, OGG Vorbis, WAV, FLAC.

*. Gap-less playback and 24-bit audio output support.

*. Supports either OSS or ALSA sound servers OR JACK out-put if you prefer enhanced, minimized latency while playback but can "create" a bit unstable environment, sometimes.

This message lets you use "Jackd" sound server with Potamus, but as you can see in the message itself, it can be unstable sometimes. So in doubt, just choose "No" (story of my life :P)...

*. Few audio channels related features. 

Well, that's about it actually. There are no album-art, or advanced audio file data fetching (like MP3 tag editing, etc) to talk about.

But if you want a very simple looking GUI and only gonna need to be able to access very little (say 15-30) music files at a time and can cope with the fact that the only way you can add a music file is by just drag-n-drop (yikes!)... well, then just give it a try.

But please don't throw angry comments at poor me ... 'cause I did give you a "warning" ;-). Anyhow, you can install Potamus music player in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.
sudo apt-get install potamus

That's about it!.

1 comment:

shan said...

to install in 12.04 and 13.04

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