I’ve used many audio players in the past (including extremely simple ones), but haven’t really used something like the “Nulloy” player. It is another simple music player that uses the Gstreamer multimedia framework for audio playback.
It’s an open-source audio player, the UI is written in Qt and supports GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. But as said before, one of the things that makes it unique is the progress bar style that it uses (which also adds a beautiful look to it).
As you can see from the below screenshot, whenever you play an audio file, it creates a waveform based on the actual audio data (unique for each audio track, of course) and that’s your progress bar! (perhaps you geeks have used similar ones before, but this is totally new to me ;-)).
Few main features …
*. It should be able to play all the audio formats supported by Gstreamer (such as MP3, AAC, OGG Vorbis, WMA, FLAC, WAV etc).
*. Create and save playlists.
*. Drag-n-Drop support.
*. The developers say that it uses somewhat little of your system resources and this seems to be true as it used about 15-18MB of RAM while I was using it.
*. Two built in skins (the default one or the other one that inherit the UI look-n-feel from your OS).
*. Unity application launcher integration (plus Windows 7 task bar support).
*. Restarting playback from the last location (can be disabled).
*. You can change few other options such as enable the system tray support, automatic update checking, restore playback after restart, change the skins and few more options from its “Preferences” window.
If Interested, you can install Nulloy in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot by using the below commands.
wget -q http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/sergey-vlasov:/Nulloy/xUbuntu_11.10/Release.key -O- | sudo apt-key add –
sudo add-apt-repository ‘deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/sergey-vlasov:/Nulloy/xUbuntu_11.10/ / #Nulloy’
sudo add-apt-repository -r ‘deb-src http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/sergey-vlasov:/Nulloy/xUbuntu_11.10/ /’ # for Ubuntu 10.10 and beyond
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nulloy nulloy-gstreamer
It also support other versions of Ubuntu such as 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 (plus Fedora). For installation instructions for those versions & downloading Windows and Mac OS X binaries, please visit this official Nulloy download page for more.
Remember, it’s still at its Alpha stage so you might encounter bugs. But however, it worked really well while I was using it in Ubuntu 11.10 (except, sometimes I couldn’t access its right click menu while using the “native” skin, but it worked while using the default).
And also remember that, it needs a decent amount of your CPU cycles to generate those “Waveforms” and there is no option to disable it. So if you have somewhat older hardware, then it might get slow while creating the Waveforms. Other than that, thumbs up for ‘Nulloy’!.