Musikcube is a cross platform terminal based music player, music management application and a music server; it is open source and available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and as an Android app that acts as a client which connects to the desktop server.
Despite being a terminal based program, musikcube is very user friendly. And like most, it is heavily keyboard focused. Fortunately, the command bar at the bottom of the screen displays the keyboard shortcuts that you can use in the current view. The mouse is mostly used for selecting options.
Tip: check out nnn, a Terminal-based file manager which we have reviewed recently.
When you run the program for the first time, the settings pane is displayed. The pane on the top left is the file browser that you can use to navigate to your music folders. To add the current folder to your library hit the Space key. The right pane shows the “indexed paths” which is your library management tool.
To remove a folder from the library use the backspace key. The bottom pane of the Setting screen has several options that you can configure such as replay gain, gapless playback, theme selection, server setup, and more.
Tip: Go to the Settings > Key Bindings page to view all the keyboard shorcuts.
To play tracks in Musikcube, you have to switch to the library view. You can do this by using the “a” key. The library has an artist pane on the left and a tracks pane on the right. It displays all of your songs in one place so that you don’t have to navigate from one folder to another. The playback control bar on the bottom lets you control the volume, enable shuffle, repeat, and has a seek bar for jumping to a specific time stamp.
Use Tab (or the arrow keys or mouse) to switch between the artist and tracks panes. Hit enter to play (or double-click) the selected track and use space to pause or resume the song. You can use the keys 1-5 to change the view.
This is the search engine in Musikcube and categorizes your library by albums, artists and genre. You can use the search bar at the top of the window to find a specific track, artist or album.
The tracks view is quite similar to the Filter view, except it only displays the songs from your library. It still displays track information such as the track number, total duration and artist though.
You can change the theme of Musikcube from the Settings page. Tap the v key to bring up available visualizers such as the Music drop plugin.
I didn’t find any major difference in the playback quality between Musikcube and Musicbee.Then again, I think that hardware plays more of a role when it comes to quality than audio players if the same files are used to test the quality.
Then again, I believe audio (and video) quality depends on the hardware that you use.
I only tested MP3 and FLAC formats, but the program supports other formats as well. It was very light in terms of memory usage.
Musikcube is an excellent option if you want a minimalist music experience.
Note: I had been using an older version of the program (v 0.65) when I began reviewing it. The 64-bit version was only introduced in version v 0.70 which was released about 10 days ago. I tested it for a few days, and the memory usage was about the same. Interestingly the portable version of v70 picked up my library from the older version, even though both versions were in their own portable folders.
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