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Introducing cmus: The best Linux music player I have seen so far

I believe one of the things that made Linux, Linux is its terminal. Most Linux users (especially developers) prefer to use the terminal for all of their tasks. VIM is a good example. Most Linux developers prefer to use VIM while there are plenty of GUI-based code editors; because, it’s the editor you’ll fall in love with.

When it comes to music playback on Linux, people usually use apps like VLC or Rhythmbox. I know they’re all good; but, to be able to use them, you have to leave the lovely terminal environment 😉 I searched a lot over the internet to find a good music player for terminal and found cmus!

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In one sentence:

cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.

cmus supports nearly all popular music formats and it has a very cool user-interface since it uses ncurses to display song list and other information. It has a completely configurable keybindings and the good part is that the default keybinding configuration is very similar to VIM! For instance, you can use j and k to move and up and / to search.

If you’re a big fan of terminal based apps as I am, check their GitHub page, download, install, contribute, and enjoy 🙂