Introducing Strawberry: The Ultimate Music Player and Organizer

Strawberry Music Player is an open-source cross-platform music player and music collection organizer with a focus on providing more features than typical music players would.

Strawberry is a fork of Clementine music player released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. It’s written in C++ using the Qt toolkit and GStreamer.

Strawberry Music Player
Strawberry Music Player

It is built to look and feel like a native desktop application as much as possible with features like support for multimedia keys, integration with various sound menus, launchers, desktop notifications, Last FM, lyrics fetching, and radio streaming.

The web-based music player features a simple minimal design-based intuitive user interface that is customizable and will adapt to whatever Linux desktop environment you are running.

Features in Strawberry Player

  • Free to use and download with its source code available on GitHub.
  • Play and organize music.
  • Supports WAV, FLAC, WavPack, Ogg Vorbis, Speex, MPC, TrueAudio, AIFF, MP4, MP3, ASF, and Monkey’s Audio.
  • Audio CD playback [*].
  • Native desktop notifications.
  • Playlist management and playlists in multiple formats.
  • Smart and dynamic playlists.
  • Advanced audio output and device configuration for bit-perfect playback on Linux.
  • Edit tags on audio files.
  • Automatically retrieve tags from MusicBrainz.
  • Album cover art from, Musicbrainz, Discogs, Musixmatch, Deezer, Tidal, and Spotify.
  • Song lyrics from, AudD AudD, Genius, Musixmatch, ChartLyrics, and
  • Audio analyzer and equalizer.
  • Transfer music to mass-storage USB players, MTP-compatible devices, and iPod Nano/Classic [*].
  • Scrobbler with support for, and ListenBrainz.
  • Streaming support for Subsonic-compatible servers.

If you’re in need of a feature-rich music player for your music streaming services then Strawberry is as close to a native application as you can get since its purpose is to provide better UI and UX than most web browsers would.

Install Strawberry Music Player on Linux

Strawberry is available in the package repositories on most Linux distributions including Fedora, Debian, openSUSE, and Arch.

$ sudo apt install strawberry         [On Debian]
$ sudo dnf install strawberry         [On Fedora]
$ sudo pacman -S strawberry           [On Arch Linux]
$ sudo zypper install strawberry      [On OpenSUSE]    

For Ubuntu and derivatives, you can install from an official PPA repository.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonaski/strawberry
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install strawberry

I’ve covered a couple of other music players that stream cloud music while nicely integrating with the Linux desktop via Mellow Player and Headset. Against them, I think Strawberry stands a chance of a fair fight.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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