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Music App update – July 15th.

It’s been a while since the last update, but there haven’t been any real news or updates – until now(!).

Today there where a lot that got merged into trunk, and therefore is coming to a PPA near you.



  • Removed the ability to chose your own music directory. Instead using default: ~/Music (Victor Thompson)

  • For Ubuntu Hackfest, make Music scan ~/Music on each start up. (Victor Thompson)

  • Placeholder for cover art in Now Playing toolbar. (Victor Thompson)

  • Initial playlist support. (Daniel Holm)

    • Create/edit/remove playlist.

    • Add track to playlist.

    • Show playlists in Playlist tab.

  • Popover. (Daniel Holm)

    • Press and hold playlist to either edit or remove it.

    • Press and hold track to add to playlist or queue it.

  • Debug (Daniel Holm)

    • New function that’s makes it easy to shut debugging of for later.

  • Library. (Andrew Hayzen)

    • A limit has been introduced into the buffer to stop large memory allocations.

    • Performance tweaks so database is written in a single transaction.

  • Ability to seek on the Now Playing view. (Andrew Hayzen)

  • New icons. (Lucas Romero Di Benedetto)

    • Default album/cover art missing.

    • Last.fm

    • Playlist

    • Music Directory


Bugs resolved

  • Buttons in queue dialog being too far down.

  • Playlist dialog not showing up.



Last week Ubuntu Hackfest started off and day two treated the Music app.

I (Daniel) worked on the playlist support, which landed in trunk today. Although you aren’t yet able to actually play, or show any of the tracks in them, they work.

Andrew Hayzen helped a lot with the scanning of the music dir. He first proposed a branch that shortened the scanning process a LOT! Then he helped trying to resolve the UI lockup during scanning by introducing limit to the buffer.


Design meetings

During one of the past design meetings we decided to pretty much put the UI on hold, since we haven’t yet decided how the app will look like, exactly. However, we still do some change, like icons and annoying bugs, but there will be no large changes and I hope you all can bare with us until the UI is decided – and Lisette Slegers and Lucas have some really good ideas coming our way: It will be gorgeous!


Whats next?

Well, quite much.

  • Victor and I will take a look on how to switch from the current tracklist playing, to the chosen playlist.

  • I will move the remove the queue dialog and move the queue list to the Playlist tab.

  • I will continue to work on scrobble support, which is not yet done – and together with that, we will get a new way of downloading and using missing cover art.

  • Some nice new icons will land by Lucas.

  • Micah Losli is working on the bug that when shuffling is activated, wrong track info is showing for the currently playing track.

  • Probably much more, which I don’t yet know of.

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