Goodvibes: Excellent application to listen to audio from the Internet

Goodvibes: Excellent application to listen to audio from the Internet

Goodvibes: Excellent application to listen to audio from the Internet

Certainly when a user wants consume (watch / listen) multimedia content online, no matter what kind of Operating system have, that is, if it is proprietary, closed and commercial or free, open and free, it is most likely that you will open your preferred web browser and connect to the website of your choice to access it.

However, the desktop applications, both for downloads and viewing of said content, to avoid the use of the Web navigator, which generally consume a lot of resources, such as CPU, RAM and Bandwidth. And among the existing apps, one of them is good vibes, which is a simple and lightweight application for GNU / Linux that allows us to easily listen to audio from the Internet, both online via streaming from for example a radio, and offline as a podcast already recorded.

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It is worth noting that recently we also commented on another simple and light application linked to audio and podcast managementCalled Audio recorder, which we recommend you read if you were unable to do so at the time, by clicking on the following link below:

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"Audio Recorder is un fabulous program for recording audio (sounds) on a computer. This tool allows the user to record audio from devices such as microphones, webcams, sound cards, as well as from applications such as multimedia players or Internet browsers, among others.".

Goodvibes: Content

Good vibes: Internet Radio Player

What is Goodvibes?

Quoting his Official website, it is briefly described by its developer as follows:

"Goodvibes is a lightweight Internet radio player for GNU / Linux. In it you can save your favorite stations just by putting them, that's all. The application does not have any function to search for radio stations, you will have to enter the URL of the audio stream yourself. It's not very easy to use, I know, but doing better than that is not easy".

Installation

Currently, the latest stable version available is the number 0.6, which can be downloaded directly for compilation using git, as indicated by your website in your installation section. It can also be installed directly from the repositories of most of the GNU / Linux Distros, as was my case from my Distro MX Linux, appreciating that the available was the version number 0.4.2.

The same, I have installed it with the simple command below: «sudo apt install goodvibes». However, for more information, you can visit its official site at GitLab y GitHub.

Features

As you can see in the image immediately above, the main interface is quite minimalist or clean, it has a top bar with 2 sections:

Menu

In this first section you will find the following options:

  • Add station: To add the Name and URI (web address) of the online audio source, whether it is a streaming or a static or dynamic audio file.
  • Preferences: To display a window with 3 more options, called Misc, Display and Controls, to, among other things, manage the reproduction and interaction with D-Bus, manage the interaction with the graphical interface and its visual appearance, and manage the interaction via Hoykeys on the keyboard.
  • Close GUI: To close (hide) the application's GUI without closing the running audio stream.
  • Logout: To completely close the application.

Help

In this second section you will find the following options:

  • Online help: To open the official website in GitLab so that users can easily access the application documentation.
  • About: To display the information window, shown in the image immediately above.

Here at the preferences window, in a more detailed way, the following can be managed:

  • Multimedia key support: Keys , and that are present in most keyboards.
  • Notifications: Information that appears when the song changes.
  • The option not to suspend: To prevent the system from suspending while a radio is playing.
  • Autoplay function: To start playing the last radio when the application starts.
  • MPRIS2 support: For better integration with modern desktops.

In addition, Developer comment the following:

"For those of you who live primarily in a terminal and avoid graphical user interfaces, you should know that you can build Goodvibes without a GUI, and control it via the provided command line client.".

Recommendation

I personally tried several online radios, and all excellent. But what I liked the most is being able to record the Podcast URLs that I have chosen as proof. Not all websites offer a URI or direct URL to consume the dynamic or static audio stream of a recorded radio station or podcast, So the trick (hack) used by me has been the following, when I don't get a direct URI or URL:

"I use a download plugin like Video DownloadHelper, to start the download of the audio file that contains the dynamic or static audio stream, then I copy the download link of it and stop the download, and enter the same in the URI. So I can listen to my Podcast and some radios from Goodvibes".

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Conclusion

We hope this "useful little post" about «Goodvibes», which is a simple and light application for GNU / Linux that allows us to easily listen to audio from the Internet, both online via streaming from, for example, a radio, as well as offline as a podcast already recorded; is of great interest and utility, for the entire «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» and of great contribution to the diffusion of the wonderful, gigantic and growing ecosystem of applications of «GNU/Linux».

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  1.   pedruchini said

    Articles like this are appreciated. To listen to Internet radio, I used the very light Pyradio application, which hardly consumes resources. But for some reason I have not managed to install it on MX Linux (it must be something related to Pip). Strangely, I did manage to install it on BunsenLabs, also based on Debian Buster.