Sayonara is a very simple yet an elegant looking (oh well, at least in my taste :D) music player written in Qt tool-kit and C++. It actually is a cross-platform player and the developer is planing to release it under GNU/Linux, MS Windows and Mac OSX as well.
Luckily Ubuntu users can easily install it thanks to the pre-build “.deb” packages but while I was using it in 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, whenever it click the “minimize” button, I could hear the music playing from the background but the player was nowhere to be found (scary stuff :P).
Update: Although I cannot be certain. But perhaps this is because I’ve removed Pulse audio and replaced ALSA sound server thus removing the “Volume Indicator Applet”. Again, this is just a guess, cannot be certain though.
Few main features …
*. One of the things that I like about “Sayonara” is its extremely simple UI.
*. It is based on Gstreamer (a Phonon version is also coming) multimedia framework and has the ability to play a lot of audio file formats: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, Flac etc.
*. Simple built in Equalizer.
*. Load single files or set a folder path for the music library.
*. Has a dynamic playlist window.
*. Edit audio meta-data (tag editing).
*. The player is built especially for managing larger music collections.
*. Automatic album-art fetching.
*. Last.FM integration.
That’s pretty much Sayonara at the moment.
If interested you can install Sayonara in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (it might also work in 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 10.10 as long as you have never version of Qt mainly) by first downloading the “.deb” package from this official Sayonara download page.
Note for the Ubuntu users: When downloading please get the file called “Sayonara… gstreamer.deb” because if you go with the first file that uses Xine-Phonon backend, you’ll run into unmet dependency issues.
Once the download completes double click on it and Ubuntu Software Center should install it for you. It is still alpha stage so use it with caution. Good luck.