Kaku Is An Open-Source Desktop YouTube Music Player for Linux
On the hunt for a desktop YouTube music player that works on Ubuntu (or another Linux distribution)?
Check out Kaku, which OMG! Ubuntu! reader PyGeek03 tipped us to via our mail bag.
He writes: “…someone has created a new and fully-functional app for playing music from Youtube: Kaku. In fact, this app even has its own Numix icon!
Beside features available with Atraci, there’s a list of Top Ranking tracks on the Home page, and a feature called Online DJ, which enable you to share what you’re listening with other people (I haven’t check this feature out yet). You can also choose whether to backup your data to Local or Dropbox in Settings.
While the video is playing, you can view it in Fullscreen mode (which is more like Focused mode, because I can only switch to other running apps using Alt + Tab, but not Plank), TV mode (which enlarge the video to fill the whole window), cast to other device, or open the video in your default browser.”
YouTube is possibly the single biggest online music repository that’s available for free. It makes the perfect backend for a desktop music streaming player.
Kaku is exactly that: a desktop YouTube music player for Windows, macOS and — hurrah — Linux. It uses Node.js.
You can use it to search for and listen to music and create playlists from YouTube, but also Vimeo and SoundCloud.
The simple, straightforward layout is easy to get to grips with, though it lacks any customisation options, e.g., you can’t disable the sidebar, extend the width of columns, etc. Desktop integration is also lacking, so you won’t see track change notifications or find player controls in whatever MPRIS applet you typically use.
But the app has a number of strengths. The ability to see the top rankings from around the world lets you find and listen to popular songs without having to look them up, and the “Reduce Bandwidth” mode is highly recommended as it disables the distracting video playback to, instead, play only the audio track.
In short Kaku does what it needs to, and does it well enough to be worth a look.
Search for and listen to music
Supports YouTube, Vimeo & SoundCloud
Option to disable video playback
Create and share playlists
Download Kaku YouTube Desktop Music Player
Want to check it out for yourself? You can find Linux binaries for 32-bit and 64-bit distributions on the project’s GitHub page:
XvoiceXvoice Project on Sourceforge Xvoice-sphinx project Xvoice CVS repository Frequently Asked Questions SourceForge documentation Mailing listsXvoice enables continuous speech dictation and speech control of most X applications. To convert users' speech into text it uses the IBM ViaVoice speech recognition engine, which is distributed separately (see below). When in dictation mode Xvoice passes this text directly to the currently focused X application. When in command mode, Xvoice matches the speech with predefined, user-modifieable, key sequences or commands. For instance "list" would match "ls -l" when commanding the console, so that when the user says "list" "ls -l" will be sent to the console as if the user had typed it. This figure shows a typical session with Xvoice. Recognised (and some rejected) speech can be seen on the right pane. Currently active vocabularies are listed on the left. The application to which commands are being sen…
The schedule of the release of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with given dates are as follows:
4th January 2018 - Alpha 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)1st February 2018 - Alpha 2 (Not Public Release - opt-in)8th March 2018 - Beta 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)5th April 2018 - Final Beta19th April 2018 - Release Candidate26th April 2018 - Final Release
A new version of United GNOME, the Unity 8 inspired GTK theme, is available to download — and there are some significant changes to see. The United GNOME theme, partly inspired by the design direction of Canonical’s scrapped Unity 8 desktop, has picked up a few fixes and flourishes that fans of theme will want to know about.
Rounded window covers and more subtle drop shadows Most of the changes (rather notably) see the theme adhere to the actual styling of Unity 8 and Ubuntu Phone/Tablet, including colour hints. The angular window borders are gone; the outline toggle switches are gone; the bizarre purple buttons are gone. If you used (or still use) Ubuntu Touch or any Ubuntu Touch apps a lot of the widgets, switches and stylings will seem super familiar. The Unity 8/Suru colour palette is also more prominent in this version of the theme. The overall look is one that’s a compelling alternative amidst the dominance of Arc and Adapta, the latter being the basis of the Pop GTK theme. Download Uni…