Today the streaming format is popularized in certain areas of the internet, such as video games, movies and videos, and in music. Streaming is changing the way in which content is traditionally consumed online, and especially in the musical sphere.
And to use this online technology in each area mentioned above, certain services and applications have been created and made available to make use of it. In the musical field specifically, a light and beautiful application called "Nuclear" stands out, which is an excellent streaming music player and uses three services to offer totally free music to anyone who wants it.
Nuclear is a streaming music player developed on GitHub under the "Affero GPL" license., and under the development philosophy known as "GNU / Linux First", which means that said application respects our freedom, offers us full access to the source code, so that we can modify it and contribute to the project.
The official slogan of the application in its Official website It states that the Nuclear player is a:
Modern music player focused on streaming free fonts.
And its developers describe it as a player that allows us to:
Listen to music on our own terms. Without the need to use services that limit our freedom and seek to exploit us to listen to certain favorite artists. Listen to what we want, where and how we want, completely free of charge.
They also add that Nuclear allows the transmission of musical content from any free source on the Internet. And that it supports YouTube and Soundcloud services from the first moment, through the use of a system of add-ons (plugins) that allows adding them more easily.
And it supports scrobbling to last.fm and updating the current playback status. For those who are not sure what "Scrobbling" is, this means being able to send the name of a song heard and the artist of it to an online music profile.
Scrobbling is used to, among many things, form statistics, obtain recommendations for similar music, and compare our musical tastes with other people online. Even to be able to get alerts of nearby concerts, of groups that we listen to regularly.
Nuclear is apart from minimalist and functional, a very beautiful player with a dark touch in its interface. An interface that in its upper area has a search bar, and comes without the classic "Minimize, Maximize and Close" buttons.
In its central area it has 3 clear sections that are:
- Option menu: Section that has 6 options called Dashboard, Downloads, Playlists, Plugins, Settings and Search Results to achieve the correct and efficient use of the application .
- Display panel: Section that has 4 options called Best new music, Top Tracks, Genres (Styles) and News (News) to view music content through different patterns of tastes and searches.
- Utilities menu: Section that has 3 buttons for "delete content, save content and random content playback" for managing the music listed or obtained for playback.
In its lower area it has a simple playback bar, which on its right side shows the content in playback, in the central part the classic buttons "previous song, stop / play and next song", and its left part with the classic volume bar and 3 other function buttons, such as the one to play again.
Currently this player available for your discharge It is going for its version 0.4.4 and it is multiplatform, that is, it comes with installers for Mac OS, Windows and Linux. For the latter it comes in appimage, tar.gz and deb format, as well as its source code in its classic zip and tar.gz formats. And it comes available with a manual and documentation online.
And soon it hopes to offer new features such as:
- Support for local files
- Popularity browsing
- Country-specific top lists
- Tips for listening (similar artists, albums, tracks)
- Unlimited downloads
- Lyrics in real time by means of lyrics
- Library section and Favorites stored locally.
This Nuclear music player is a good option to use for those who love free online music content, and because it is minimalist, functional and very beautiful with its dark style. As for the negative, if you have a low-resource computer, it is that its development is based on Electron, which forces the application to consume certain levels of resources (ram memory) that can reduce or slow down the themselves.
Another negative highlight is its usability with respect to keyboard use. With the Nuclear player the use of the keyboard is minimal or null. You need to use the mouse for everything. Which is not very practical, as there are many lovers of using the keyboard for their frequently used applications. And because of its minimalist look, it sometimes lacks navigability essentials such as being able to go backwards on the display panel.
For the rest, I recommend trying it so that each one draws their own conclusions about it.