Version: GIT Web: www.github.com/milohr/babe-qt
There’s a category of open source applications that’s full to bursting with versatile solutions for everybody’s needs, and of course we’re talking about music players. We’ve already come across Babe-Qt in LXF222, but since this project is rapidly growing and rolling out new features every few weeks, we believe it’s time to revisit it and give this oddly named player another try.
Babe-QT evolved from the tiny album art widget with player controls below it, into a more versatile, feature-rich and complex jukebox. The first time you launch the babe executable, you’re taken to the large Settings window, where you can add your music directory to the library, drag and drop files onto the playlist area, and even play a YouTube video. After chewing through your media library and fetching cover art, Babe-Qt is ready to rock!
Unlike many other rivals for your ~/Music treasury, this application encourages you to discover its hidden potential. Numerous tiny buttons with precisely crafted monochrome icons of a windmill toy, hare or a smiley are a very cool way to welcome new users to features within the program.
Babe-Qt immediately caught our attention with its great search capabilities that not only provide the search as you type queries for songs, albums and artists, but also somehow finds similar tracks. For example, when you type something like “similar: elvis”, Babe-Qt returns not only Presley’s hits, but also a selection of other artists’ tracks that it finds, which have the same musical style. Other contextual queries are supported as well. For instance, you can find all songs of an artist that contain specific words in their lyrics. For example, “artist: lana,lyrics:never”.
As you’d expect, you can always hide all the extended features by clicking the Go Mini icon over the beautifully blurred cover art area. The Babe-Qt developer presents new features of his player via the Google+ page ( http://bit.ly/2xVi6ZB) instead of making releases at Github, so stay tuned and follow the updates!
“You can find all songs of an artist that contain specific words in their lyrics”
The player instantly fetches album art and lyrics for everything in your music library.