Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Tomahawk is an unique music player that unifies music sources like Spotify, SoundCloud, Rdio, Youtube and others to make listening to music easier. Like iTunes, it can play the music from your local computer. But with some plugins, it is capable of searching for your favorite music, on the music sites/sources I have just mentioned two lines up.
The latest version available is Tomahawk 0.8, which has been recently released, coming with a huge list of changes:
- Redesigned – Shiny new interface. Simplified. New icons.
- Added Friend Feed.
- Many actions now available in context menu – including Favorite and Send to a Friend.
- Drag and drop support for iTunes, Deezer, Beats Music, Rdio, Spotify, SoundCloud links (into Tomahawk) for playlists/tracks/artists/album links.
- Support for clicking source icon for currently playing track in audio controls to take user to associated page on source’s site
Added Hatchet plug-in.
- Added Google Play Music and Beats Music support.
- Add links to Support site, Bug Reports and Translations to Help menu.
- Add “What’s New” page to display on first launch (or until user dismisses it) – also available from Help menu.
- Changed label from “Resolvers” and “Services” to more generic “Plug-Ins”.
- Clarified some labels, help text and status messages.
- Changed icon color a bit.
- Added “Acoustic” and “Electric” songtypes to Stations options.
- Removed some stale Chart sources.
- Playback Queue now saves its state across sessions.
- Queue now moved to sidebar.
- Added “Inbox” feature, showing incoming song recommendations. Dropping a track on a user in the sidebar sends a recommendation to them.
- You will now be asked whether you want to trust invalid SSL certificates.
- Improved connecting between Tomahawk peers and support having multiple IPs
- Removed Top Loved from sidebar.
- Removed Spotify playlist syncing (we will bring it back in future versions).
- Heavily reduced memory footprint during and after indexing the database.
- Retina display and DPI scaling fixes.
- New Collection views. Re-added support for tracklist view of Collection.
- Added Telepathy support.
- Plugin refactoring (and .AXE resolver binaries).
- Removed Twitter due to change in Twitter’s API.
- Removed auto-playlists.
- Improved error messages.
- Added basic remote control API.
- Add support for Opus codec (requires TagLib 1.9).
- Support rtmp:// streams.
- Support custom headers in CustomUrlHandler.
- Fuzzy search indices for JS Resolvers.
In this article I will show you how to install Tomahawk 0.8 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Tomahawk 0.8 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the tomahawk package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install tomahawk
Optional, to remove tomahawk, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove tomahawk