Lollypop is a powerful music player developed in GTK, free software and very famous in GNOME. However, its usability is not limited to the GNOME ecosystem and can be used in various environments and even other systems. After all, the player is also available for FreeBSD. During this year 2019 I come more than ever using various music players. I have long replaced my sound moments with streaming via Spotify, and when offline using the VLC player. Unfortunately my favorite player was dropped by Canonical, it was Music, one of the Unity 8 applications converging as the window resizes. Obviously I am driven by both practicality, functionality, and visual. See the look just below Music.
However, if there is anything that Lollypop does not ask for (and I am not talking about Android), in its look and amount of features. The player catches the eye with its minimalist and elegant look. In addition, it also has some convergence as it adapts as you resize your window.
A curiosity is that Lollypop is the standard music player of Purism Linux smartphone, Librem 5. Some features of this beautiful player, which I can highlight are:
- Dark theme;
- Reproduction of the main audio formats, for example: MP3, MP4, OGG, FLAC, among others (until today I had no problem with formats);
- Browsing your music by: genre, artist, cover;
- Fast and efficient search;
- Integration with keyboard shortcuts;
- Playlist support (can import playlists);
- Full screen view;
- MTP synchronization;
- Support for high intensity screens (HiDPI);
- TuneIn support;
- Integration with the web, being able to fetch song information directly from services such as Last.fm;
- Download album covers by artists and artists (cool that the player was not this feature, being totally optional);
- Radio support;
- Artist view by context;
- Audio equalizer;
- Favorite system, you can rate your songs with stars (listening to favorites or searching and setting up your hottest playlists);
- Adding multiple directories in different locations with their music;
- Ability to listen to music via streaming (due to incompatibilities with some proprietary APIs, this feature may not always work perfectly);
- Options like: smooth transition between music, repeat, sorting, resizing your album thumbnails, and more.
There are several ways to get Lollypop in distributions, such as Arch Linux, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. Just search the repository normally, either via terminal or through the store. In Ubuntu and derivatives there is the possibility of adding a PPA or via Flatpak (which can also be used in other distros).
Lollypop via PPA
Installation via PPA One way to get Lollypop, however, if you are a beginner I recommend the second option. Particularly I believe that currently using PPAs is the best way to get software on Ubuntu, with few exceptions.
Adding PPA via Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gnumdk / lollypop
Updating the package list:
sudo apt update
Installing PPA Lollypop via Terminal:
sudo apt install lollypop
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa: gnumdk / lollypop
Lollypop via Flatpak
Lollypop is in the Flathub repository first of all to install Lollypop in this way you will need to have Flatpak configured on your system. For users from distros other than Ubuntu or Mint, please visit this post (Flathub repository should be added, as I will cover when demonstrating the process via terminal). In Ubuntu, you can follow every step by step of this post, as well as configure Flatpak, configure GNOME Software (Ubuntu store) to perform its installs via graphical interface. Once you have everything ready, search for: Lollypop and install the application (on Linux Mint, just search, no previous configuration is required).
The process can also be done via terminal, if you prefer or its distribution does not have a store that supports this type of package.
Adding the Flathub repository via terminal:
flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Installing Lollypop Flatpak via Terminal:
flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Lollypop
Removing Lollypop Flatpak via Terminal:
flatpak remove org.gnome.Lollypop
Lollypop is a very interesting, functional and beautiful alternative. It seems to stay on my system for a long time. The player has become one of my favorites, either for its beauty or efficiency. However, there are a lot of current solutions that my co-worker Ricardo (The IT Guy) and I approached during this year of 2019. I recommend that you try and find out which music player is best for you. Follow the list: Olivia Player, Elisa Player, Museeks, Tauon Music Box it's the Strawberry for the most homesick.
Now I will listen to some songs on Lollypop, while I will create the cover of this post SYSTEMATICALLY!
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