For me one of my favorite things is listening to music and I use music as an aid to help make me more productive when working on projects. Luckily there are a variety of applications that “just work” on Ubuntu to help me get my music fix.
1.) Spotify: Despite the fact that Spotify on Linux is still in Beta I find it to be a stable client that delivers music, lyrics and much more to my Ubuntu Desktop and the ad-supported service is free.
Spotify does require that you add their private repository to install Ubuntu but the process takes just seconds and you are up and running.
2.) Rhythmbox: Naturally Ubuntu has picked Rhythmbox to be the default media player shipping since 12.04 and rightfully so considering the great functionality the client offers from playing media files to subscribing to podcasts and much more.
Rhythmbox is installed by default and available in the Ubuntu Software Center.
3.) Tomahawk: Tomahawk is a client I was introduced last year and is essentially a media player on steroids with p2p goodness baked in.
Tomhawk like Spotify is not yet available in the Ubuntu Software Center but can be downloaded from the Tomahawk site.
4.) Last.FM Client: Last.FM still offers a native Linux client which is available in the Ubuntu Software Center and provides you the opportunity to listen to Last.FM stations.
5.) Clementine: Clementine is coming together as perhaps one of the best media players and at some point it could become a threat to Rhythmbox as I honestly see it as a good default client for Ubuntu.
Clementine is available in the Ubuntu Software Center.
Whatever music client you pick should surely match your personal taste and needs but the above mentioned options are excellent choices and I really look forward to seeing Spotify and Tomhawk in the Ubuntu Software Center at some point and hopefully Jono Bacon’s Community Team can reach out to them as a part of their recent app evangelism.
I think it is really a great opportunity for Ubuntu now in its shining moment to pull in some big app names and drop a bomb on Windows 8’s hope of rekindling a romance with its users.
If bug #1 is ever truly fixed it will be through bringing all the goodness in applications and hardware support to the Ubuntu Desktop and Server.