Nuvola Player is a very simple graphical interface for Cloud music services. If you have more than one of those services that you listen to regularly, Nuvola Player offers the best interface for enjoying them. It saves you and your computer the task of keeping multiple Web browser tabs open.

And with tight integration with the Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more), it provides a better user experience when compared to using the same Cloud music services from a Web browser.

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It can scrobble your music to Lasf.fm and fetch lyrics from A-Z Lyrics. This screen shot shows the programs launch interface
Nuvola Player Cloud music

This shows the Cloud music services it currently supports. Some popular services are missing, but all it takes to add them, if you have some coding skills, is to write the JavaScript service integration script.
Nuvola Player Cloud music rdio google music

Official installation packages are available for Debian and Debian-based distributions, and for Ubuntu and those distributions derived from it. The last stable release is version 2.0.4, but the first beta of what would be version 2.1 was released a few days ago.

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To install and help test the beta version in Ubuntu Desktop, type sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuvola-player-builders/beta. Follow that up with sudo apt-get update, then install the player with sudo apt-get install nuvolaplayer. For the stable version, use sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuvola-player-builders/stable in place of the first command, then repeat the last two commands.

For Debian and compatible distributions, see the instructions here. For distributions other than Debian and Ubuntu, the source code is available here.

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7 Responses

  1. am failing to configure jisti software to the server.what do you mean by Registrar > Domain and Proxy > Outbound Proxy in configuring SIP account?please help me out.

  2. I would like to use it in my office in place of Pidgin, but it does not support Microsoft Office Communicator server, so I’m not sure what to do.

    Pidgin is also open source client and has MS Communicator support, so I hope developers can just take that plugin and implement inside Jitsi.

  3. From the Jitsi FAQ:

    The correct spelling of the application name is Jitsi (“jitsi” also works). The origin of the name is Bulgarian (spelled Жици). It means wires and the point is that the application allow you to connect to many network and people just as wires do. Of course no one other than Bulgarians is supposed to know what this means and we picked the name mainly because it was short and sounded well.

  4. Looking for an alternative to Skype I tried Jitsi. It’s a multiplatform client and I need that. I want to be able to reach people using Macs and it’s not always easy (seems like when Linux developers port their software to another platform they will start with Windows and Mac gets a back seat).

    With a friend we tried to use Google Talk because neither of us has a SIP account and the software itself doesn’t provide clues about where to get one.
    We couldn’t call each other so we tried to chat – in Japanese as the nick suggests – but Japanese script turned into little squares. A problem not so common nowadays. The Japanese names in the buddy list do not show correctly either.

    For me that’s a deal breaker. I’ll keep an eye on Jitsi but for now it cannot do what I need.

    1. Jitsi can communicate with any SIP or XMPP/Jabber Account. I personally made a conversation to partner who is using a Mac- so there is a MacOS X Version and it works.

      The Japanese characters are difficult to handle, I learned. They should appear – as Unicode is supported. I know that some Japanese computers doesn’t use Unicode. Probably that is a clue.

      Conrad

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