Clementine 0.6 Released – Supports Lyrics, Smart Playlist And Monochrome Icon For Ubuntu

Clementine, the music player inspired by Amarok 1.4, has just hit version 0.6. This version is a huge improvement over the previous releases both in terms of features, looks and bug fixes.

Clementine 0.6

Clementine 0.6 has a number of new features. It includes new Song Info and Artist Info tabs. The Song Info fetches the lyrics of the song that is currently playing. In addition it also fetches the tags, statistics and play count of the song from The Artist Info displays biographies of the artist fetched from Wikipedia,, Amazon etc. It also displays photos and similar artists.

Another new feature in Clementine 0.6 is smart playlists. The smart playlist is just a way to create new playlists like – Favorite Tracks, Least Favorite Tracks, Never Played – you get the idea. The library system in Clementine 0.6 has also been improved to keep track of statistics like ratings of the songs, number of times played, skip counts etc. Support for Icecast has also been added with this release. It can be assessed from the Internet tab at the left.

clementine sound menu

In addition to these new features, there are also a few Ubuntu specific changes. The Clementine icon at the system tray is no longer orange. It is now monochrome like all the other icons there. Another change is that Clementine now shows up in Ubuntu’s sound menu.

Install Clementine 0.6 In Ubuntu

Clementine 0.6 is available for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx and Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. To install it open the terminal and execute the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install clementine

After installation Clementine will be found at Applications > Sound & Video > Clementine.

Download Clementine 0.4 For Ubuntu

Clementine is a cross-platform music player which tries to bring back the goodness of Amarok 1.4 by porting it to Qt4. We have reviewed Clementine a number of times in the past.

Now, there is a new version of Clementine, i.e Clementine 0.4. It has a number of improvements and new features. New features in Clementine 0.4 include:

  • Tabbed playlists
  • Playlist search
  • ProjectM visualisations
  • Magnatune integration
  • ReplayGain volume normalisation
  • Music transcoding

This version has not made it to the repository yet. So to install it in Ubuntu, you have to download it from the links given below:

32-bit deb

64-bit deb

[Review] Clementine 0.2 Music Player in Ubuntu

For many Linux users (me included), Amarok is the music player of choice. However, the Amarok 2 series introduced a radical change in Amarok for the earlier series and has found many haters. As a result many people still refuse to upgrade to Amarok 2 series and are sticking with Amarok 1.4. For those people who want to have Amarok 1.4 along with the new tecnologies that Qt4 brings, there is a new music player called Clementine.

Clementine is basically a port of Amarok 1.4 to Qt4. Techie Buzz author, Sathya Bhat, has already covered Clementine when it was at a very early stage of development. Now, it has matured a bit more. Some of the features have been rewritten to take advantage of new features provided by Qt4. Now with the new release, some new features/improvemnts have been added:

  • Album cover art is now automatically loaded from disk for your library.
  • Cover manager downloads missing covers from
  • Covers for radio tracks are shown in notifications.
  • Much better Various Artistsdetection.
  • Shuffle and Repeat modes for the playlist.
  • Playlist columns for album, artist, composer, file type, date
  • Support for Media keys (play, stop, etc.) in Linux.

Clementine provides a very simple and no-frills interface which is extremely easy to use, just like the one you get with Amarok 1.4. In fact, I think it is the exactly the same interface that Amarok 1.4 had. For software at such an early stage of development, it is extremely stable. I have been using it since yesterday and yet it has not crashed or hung or done anything of that sort.

Clementine has a dead simple configuration editor, where even newbies will feel quite at home. Like Amarok 2.3, it uses Knotify to notify when a new song starts which is much better than the OSD that Amarok 1.4 uses.

Feature-wise, Clementine provides most of the features that you would expect from Amarok 1.4. Of course, it does not have stuffs like the applet supports that you get with Amarok 2 series, but users of Amarok 1.4 should be quite satified with the features that it provides. However, it still does not have some very basic things like iPod and MP3 player support. This can however be overlooked for the time being as it is in early development stage.

A feature missing in Clementine that can however cause problems is that there is no option to use an external database instead of the default SQLite. With a large music library SQLite tends to be slow, so with Amarok, I use an external MySQL database to maintain my library. With Clementine I am forced to have SQLite handling the entire library. However, if you have a relatively small collection (from my experience I would say less than 10k songs), this will not be a problem.

If you would like to try it out you can  download the .deb file and install it. It is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. For Ubuntu, Karmic Koala is the only supported version. Since it is Qt based you will also need some KDE libraries to run it.

[via Digitizor]

Amarok 1.4 Gets Ported Over to Qt4, Named “Clementine”


Amarok 1.4 was probably one of the best media players for Linux, and arguably one of the best media players around. Amarok 2.0 was a radical departure from its previous versions and was not well received by quite a lot of Amarok users. If you’re one of the folks who feel that Amarok 1.4 should not have been touched upon, well this new ongoing project might interest you.

David Sansome and John McGuire have been working on a project, which aims to port Amarok 1.4 to Qt4 and rewrite it to make full use of Qt4 features. The project has been christened as “clementine-player”.


  • Ability to search and play your local music library
  • Listen to internet radio from and SomaFM
  • Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files.
  • Works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Native desktop notifications using libnotify on Linux   and Growl on Mac OS X

The player is still in very much early stages, and the pending features include

  • Automatic addition of files from disk to music library
  • iPod and MP3 player support
  • Global shortcut keys on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Loading and saving of playlists

Clementine for Linux
Clementine for Linux
Clementine for Mac OS X
Clementine for Mac OS X
Clementine for Windows
Clementine for Windows

The project certainly seems interesting and Techie-Buzz will cover it as it progresses. If you wish it try it out, do check out the download page.

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