Yes, it’s almost 2017 and I still use Rhythmbox to reproduce my music when I am using my computer. He’s 16 years old but I consider it much better than the brand new Gnome Music for at least 4 reasons.
- Rhythmbox is less resource demanding than Gnome Music. I’ve made a very simple test. I opened both of them and checked how much RAM they need through Gnome System Monitor. When idle, Rhythmbox takes 102 MB of RAM while Gnome Music 169. When randomly playing a song, Rhythmbox hikes up to 112 MB while Gnome Music RAM consumption stays the same more or less.
This would not represent a problem in modern computers, endowed with at least 4 GB of RAM but I also thought that fewer resources means less power consumption and that’s vital when you’re running on battery.
- Gnome Music uses Tracker to build its database. I have Debian installed in a SSD, a Samsung 840 evo, so I really don’t need file indexing. Gnome Music needs Tracker, the Gnome file indexing app to build its database. That’s a low, considering that Tracker uses a lot of resources: when I had it installed, sometimes, without no reason, it took my CPU at 25%. On the other hand, Rhythmbox just let you select the folder where your music is stored. Also, sometimes tracker behave strangely
- No customization options at all. Crossfading? Nay. Party mode? Nay. LastFM? Nay. Select which plugins to enable? Forget about all this in Gnome Music.
- Plugins are still missing in Gnome Music. Rhythmbox is nice, but thanks to some plugins it can become wonderful. The equalizer, the one that compacts the current playing song bar, the tray icon, the mtp and iPod support. Gnome Music hasn’t any of them, yet.
- Interaction with Brasero. My car is 7 years old, I have the standard car stereo and no way I’m gonna buy a new car stereo because I really don’t need it and in the majority of cases, they look ugly. My standard car stereo doesn’t read mp3 CD and doesn’t have a usb port, so I’m forced to burn old fashioned compilation. Rhythmobx is wonderful for this: you create a playlist and, with a button, it opens Brasero and burn it. Easy.
All this to say that maybe Gnome Music still has a long way to do to become a serious choice to consider for me. Well, at least, with the UI, you nailed it. It’s very clean and beautiful, I’d love to see the wall of album cover at opening.