Music Applet Controls Tunes From The Linux System Tray

Music Applet Controls Tunes From The Linux System Tray

Linux: There are lots of music and media managers for Linux desktops, and the Music Applet controls almost all of them. It places helpful notifications, button controls, track time and rating data in a convenient corner for your listening pleasure.

Many distributions carry Music Applet in their repositories, so installing should be a simple matter of searching out music applet in your software installer of choice. Once installed, right-click on your GNOME panel, hit “Add to Panel” and select the Music Applet. The applet recognises and controls VLC, Banshee, Amarok, Rhythmbox, Exaile, XMMS and others, but can be set to control a “preferred” player if you’ve got more than one open.

Granted, some players, like Banshee, already offer control and notification options for the Linux system tray (also known as the “notification area”), but Music Applet is far more configurable and multi-purpose. The app’s maker has already started work on a newer version of Music Applet, Panflute, to target the next release of GNOME desktops, but for now, Music Applet is a pretty good music managing solution. Music Applet is a free download for Linux systems (running GNOME desktops) only.

Music Applet [Paul Kuliniewicz via Super User]


  • “system tray” != “panel”, so please fix the article title – not all Gnome users use the panel. Not sure where you got the idea that this is a tray app, the project page clearly states “Music Applet is a small, simple GNOME panel applet”.

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