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May 4, 2012

Beatbox Music Player on Ubuntu

Beatbox 0.4 on Ubuntu 12.04
Beatbox music player has been updated and made available for Ubuntu 12.04.

The former-elementary application, which hits version 0.4 with this release, gains stability, performance and bug fixes in addition to a number of significant new features.

Basics
As any music app should be Beatbox is simple to get started with, even prompting you on first run to import some music – a super intuitive gesture that will save you staring at a blank screen, or cause you to root through menus.

Looks
One thing that is clear from the get-go is that the application has been designed solely to complement the elementary GTK theme.

For example, there are parts where colour of text used by the app drowns in Ubuntu’s orange highlights; there are no icons on either of the ‘view’ buttons, and the monochromatic symbols for menu unfolding, shuffle, repeat, etc are simplistic but not consistent in style with the rest of the system icon theme.
example of visual issues in beatbox

Features
The search needs to be singled out as the standout feature in Beatbox. It suggests artists and albums as you type giving you a super quick way to play what you want with a minimum of fuss.

searching in beatbox is powerful, and easy

A sole click on an album cover in the ‘Album View’ presents you with a pop-over track-list from which to choose tracks to play, add to play-lists etc.

popover in beatbox


Other features include: -
  • Sound Menu support
  • Two Views – Album art and ‘list’
  • CD Playback
  • iPod Syncing
  • Auto-fetching of missing album art
  • Album art renderer in ‘List View’
  • Scrobble support
  • Equaliser

Download and Install
Like a lot of apps at the moment Beatbox is not yet available to install through the Ubuntu Software Center, but it can be installed by adding the official PPA – Personal Package Archive – to your systems’ Software Sources.

This can be done quickest by using the Terminal application and running the following commands:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sgringwe/beatbox
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install beatbox
So, will Beatbox be better than Rhythmbox and Banshee?