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Harmony is a sleek desktop music player for Windows, Mac & Linux that handles regular music files and online streaming services like Spotify.

harmony iconIf the fact that it’s built using the Electron development framework doesn’t put some of you off then the fact it’s keenly inspired by the look and layout of iTunes just might!

I’m a ‘function’ guy, and can easily look past the cloyingly Apple aesthetic.

For the rest of us it’s a decent stab at creating a cross-platform music player that’s open-source and integrates with a number of online streaming services.

Harmony gets a choir of online music streaming services singing from the same lyrics sheet, integrated and accessible through one app — sort of like Nuvola Player 3 for Ubuntu, but in a unified interface.

harmony with coverflow enabled

Limitations of the Spotify API means that you don’t get to peruse the full catalog of songs. Once you sign in with your Spotify account you’ll be able to search, filter and play tracks in your personal playlists, as well as those that you have favourited — but only the metadata will be fetched from Spotify. The actual music track will be streamed from YouTube (!).

SoundCloud integration wasn’t playing nice for me when I tried Harmony — edit: this has now been fixed — and as I have 2-factor authentication set up on my Google account I was unable to try the Google Play Music integration. If you try it do share your thoughts/experiences in the comments.

Harmony 0.2.x (beta) Features

  • Play tracks from SoundCloud & Spotify
  • Play local music tracks
  • Ubuntu sound menu integration
  • Native desktop notifications on track change
  • Optional ‘coverflow’ interface (beta)
  • Last.fm scrobbling
  • Keyboard controls

Harmony also has a variety of simple shortcuts for controlling playback when the app is in focus:

  • Space  – Play/Pause
  • N or Ctrl + Right – Next track
  • P or Ctrl + Left  – Prev track
  • L – Like track (LastFM)
  • Ctrl + F – Search

You can download the latest release of Harmony for Ubuntu from the project’s GitHub page:

Download Harmony for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Tip via Peter S.

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