Tauon Music Box

Your new favorite music player for the Linux desktop!

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Tauon music box is a modern streamlined music player with a minimal interface that's packed with features! An emphasis on playlists and direct file importing puts you in control of your music collection.

Heres just some of the features:

Install

You can download the app on Flathub:

Download on Flathub

For Arch Linux based distros, you can also install from the AUR.

If you have any issues, suggestions or questions, feel free to create an issue on the Github page, or for comments and feedback you can find my contact email on Github also, or just hop onto the official Discord server.




Manual

Thank you for purchasing Tauon Music Box. The most advanced dekstop music player.

Tauon is a playlist oriented music player that makes that assumption that folders are albums. (You may find the words "album" and "folder" used interchangeably within the interface and documentation)

While some features and interface elements may not be immediately intuitive, I hope that once you are a familiar, you will find that Tauon is pleasant, fun and fast to use!

When you launch Tauon for the first time, you should be greeted with the main window that looks something like this:

Emtpy main window

Importing tracks

To import tracks, simply drag and drop files or folders from your file manager into the main tracklist area.

Tip: To get started, try import all your music into the single playlist.

Once you have tracks imported, just double click them to play.

Updating

Tauon has no background file monitoring. To update, simply clear the playlist and re-import.

Alternatively, if the first folder you ever imported to a playlist was a top level folder, you can activate "Rescan Folder" from the playlist tab context menu.

Playlist navigation

Screenshot of the top panel

The top panel contains the playlist tabs. Click a playlist tab to switch the tracklist view to that playlist. You can also mouse wheel scroll to cycle through them.

Hint: Playback from any originally started playlist will still continue.

You can create a new empty playlist by clicking MENU, then clicking "New Playlist".

You can delete a playlist by middle mouse clicking on the tab of the playlist you want to delete.

You can drag tracks from the main tracklist and drop them onto a playlist tab to add them to the end of that playlist. Also, if you drag and drop tracks to the right of all the playlist tabs, this will create a new playlist including those tracks.

You can drag playlist tabs to re-arrange them. Hold Shift to merge one playlist onto the end of another. Hold Ctrl while dragging to the right of all the tabs to create a duplicate of that playlist.

The bottom panel

The bottom panel

Starting from the left:

Feature: Next and Previous normally play songs in the order they appear in the playlist. However with shuffle mode on, Previous plays tracks from playback history.

Staring from the bottom right:

Along the top is the seek bar. You can middle mouse click this to bring up a time cursor.

The right side panel

On the top half of the side panel is the album art display. Left click the album art to cycle through any available images.

Tip: Holding Shift while placing the mouse cursor over the album art will tell you the image resolution.

On the bottom half is track metadata. If you right click here, this will bring up the lyrics menu. If the "Show lyrics" entry in the menu is enabled, the right side panel will automatically switch to lyrics layout when lyrics are available.

You can resize the panel by dragging the left edge.

Tip: Resize the panel far left for a large album art style layout.

Side panel with full sized art

Album on show here is https://music.midwestcollective.us/album/odyssey

You can also toggle between an alternate centered style layout by middle mouse clicking in the side panel.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can edit key-binds in the input.txt file. You can open this file from within Tauon by going to "Settings", "Function" tab, and pressing "Open keymap file". Here's some of the important shortcuts and their defaults:

Space Play/pause
- / + Seek
Left / Right Cycle playlists
Shift + Left / Right   Previous/Next
" Show playing
, / . Toggle repeat / shuffle
Ctrl + F Find in playlist
Begin typing Global search

For a more complete list, see here.

Screenshot of the gallery view

You can enter the gallery either by clicking MENU, then clicking the gallery layout icon (2nd from the top). or by pressing mouse button 4 (the one closer to you) on a 5 button mouse.

You can also enter the gallery in a "keyboard control mode" by pressing Tab

To play an album, just click it. This is a single click by default but you can change it to a double click in settings if you want.

The tracklist

Selecting and re-arranging tracks

You can select a single track by clicking on it or you can select an album block by clicking its title in the tracklist. You can also select a range by clicking the first track then holding Shift and clicking the last track.

You can move/add tracks in a playlist by drag and drop, or copy and paste.

Note: Using paste from the context menu will add tracks at the end of the album block of the selected track. Using the Ctrl + v shortcut will add them to the end of the viewed playlist.

Note: Moving a single track requires holding Shift when dragging.

Scrolling

You can scroll using the mouse wheel.

There is also a scroll-bar hidden to the left of the playlist until you mouse over. In the scroll bar you can hold down the mouse button above or below the grip to scroll quickly in that direction. You can also right click to jump to an absolute position within the scroll field.

The left side panel

To toggle the left side panel, click the far top-left corner button.

The left side panel has multiple available views. To switch between them, right click the toggle button to bring up a menu that lists the other views.

Playlists + Queue (Left side panel)

Screenshot of the playlist list

This "Playlists + Queue" view lists all of your playlists. These tabs behave similar to the top panel tabs. You can choose to unpin a tab from the top panel from the tab right click context menu.

Tip: Just keep tabs Pined when you want quick access to them.

Artist List (Left side panel)

This layout lists artists from the current playlist. See here for details.

This view lists folders in the current playlist.

Screenshot of the folder navigator

Double click a folder to play. Single click to simply locate that folder in the playlist.

If there are sub-folders in your collection, this will be presented in a tree style layout. Note that this doesn't directly represent folders on your filesystem, but rather tries to intelligently list only relevant nodes of the folder structure of tracks you already imported.

Tip: If you have a large music collection, you could consider keeping your collection divided in separate sub-folders based on, for example, different genres. This will allow you to navigate your music collection more easily using the folder navigator.

Warning: In the right click context menu of a node level folder, there's an option named "Move playing folder here". Note that this is a physical move of the folder of the playing track to the selected folder on disk. The folder will be placed in an additional sub-folder that has the name of the artist of the album. (Folder will be created if it does not exist.)

This feature is useful if you have multiple library locations you want to transfer albums between, or between different sub folders such as suggested in the above tip.

This search complies different types of results from all playlists. It will automatically activate when you start typing.

Clicking an Artist, Genre or Folder result will create a new playlist of that result. Clicking a Track or Album result will play it.

Right clicking any result will simply locate the result instead of playing or creating a new playlist.

Ctrl + clicking will add the result to the current playlist without closing the search screen.

Quick find

The find box locates tracks within the currently viewed playlist.

To use the find box, press Ctrl + F and type search terms, then use UP or DOWN arrow keys to jump to the next or previous results in the playlist.

Tip: You can press Shift + Enter to create a new playlist of all matching results.

This can be useful for example, finding artists in features or filenames that may not be picked up by the global search.
Since this also searches the filename, you can use this to create a playlist of tracks of a single file type, for example searching .ogg

Tip: If a playlist was created using a search, you can re-run the search / reload the playlist by right clicking the playlist tab and clicking "Regenerate". You can also add the keyword "auto" to the generator string to have the playlist reload automatically. See Generator Codes
for details.

Mini Mode

Album on show here is https://illeniumashes.bandcamp.com/album/ashes

To enter Mini-mode, double click in the area under the seek bar of the main window.

You can switch to different styles by right clicking in the same area under the seek bar and selecting an option from the menu.

While in mini mode, you can pause by right clicking.

Audio backends

Tauon supports two different audio backends: BASS and GStreamer. You can switch between these in the Audio tab of settings.

There are some differences to note:

One-click download importing

This feature monitors your downloads folder. When one or more completed downloads are detected, it presents a button that when pressed will extract files if the download is an archive then immediately import those downloads.

You must enable this feature before it can be used. To do so, in the "Functions" tab of settings, enable both "Monitor download folders" and "Extract archives on import". You may also wish to enable "Trash archive after extraction" and "Always extract to music folder".

Note: This feature works with folders and zip archives. Items older than one hour are ignored.

Feature: Items will be imported to the current playlist. However if you have a playlist named "Downloads", that playlist will always be used instead.

Warning: Password protected archives are not supported.

Tip: 7z and RAR archives are also supported, but you may need to install some optional packages: