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Audacious audio player announced the first beta for the next major 4.2 release few days ago.

The new release improved the user experience for those running the player in Qt interface, including the dark mode theme and new Flat icon set.

Audacious Dark Qt interface

The Qt dark mode will be default in Windows. For other systems as well as the new icon set, there are toggle options in the settings dialog.

Qt dark theme and Flat icons options in Settings dialog

Other feathers in Audacious 4.2 beta include:

  • Partial support for Ogg FLAC streams
  • Preselect the filename of an imported playlist when exporting it again
  • Automatically set the title of an imported playlist based on the filename
  • New ‘Jump to Song‘ dialog for searching from large list of audio files for Winamp interface in Qt mode.
  • Add formatter syntax to allow truncating title strings
  • And some bug-fixes.

How to Install Audacious 4.2 in Ubuntu:

I’ll upload the new release package into this unofficial Ubuntu PPA when it goes stable!

For testing purpose, user may install this BETA package in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and Ubuntu 22.04 via the testing PPA.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/test3
sudo apt update
sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

And, uninstall them if you want by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/test3

The popular audio manipulation tool, PulseEffects, finally adds supports for PipeWire sound server by re-naming to EasyEffects.

EasyEffects is a GTK4 app designed for only PipeWire sound server. For PulseAudio, default sound service in current Ubuntu releases, PulseEffects is still available.

The UI looks almost same as before, and it may apply effects including Auto gain, Bass enhancer, Bass loudness, Compressor, Convolver, Crossfeed, Crystalizer, De-esser, Echo Canceller, Equalizer, Exciter, Expander, Filter, Gate, Limiter, Loudness, Maximizer, Multiband compressor, Multiband gate, Noise reduction, Pitch, Reverberation, Stereo tools.

Besides manipulating sound output, it may also apply effects to an input device, such as a microphone. This is, for example, useful in audio recording, but it also works well during voice conversations.

The PipeWire tab contains the options to select input & output devices, edit presets, and test signal.

How to Install EasyEffects in Ubuntu Linux:

The tool has been made into official repositories for Arch Linux, Gentoo, openSUSE and NixOS. Since Ubuntu sticks to PulseAudio, you install EasyEffects only when PipeWire is present as sound server (Read this tutorial for more).

1.) EasyEffects so far is only available as Flatpak package. Firstly, search for and open terminal either from the Activities overview screen or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to install the flatpak daemon first if you don’t have it:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Next add the repository, the place hosts a large amount of Flatpak apps by running command in terminal:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3.) Finally install EasyEffects flatpak package via command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.wwmm.easyeffects

If everything goes well, you may either launch it by searching for and opening from the overview screen, or run flatpak run com.github.wwmm.easyeffects command to start it from terminal.

Uninstall EasyEffects:

To remove the tool, open terminal, copy and paste the single command below and hit run:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data com.github.wwmm.easyeffects

switch between sound sources and devices

PyAudioSelector, an open-source project written in Python, is a GTK3 indicator applet for Ubuntu users to easy switch between audio devices for all or some of the audio sources.

With the indicator applet, you can even set the different audio sources to different output devices.


How to Install:

The project is now under early development stage. An Ubuntu PPA will be created to make it easy to install. And before that, follow below steps to install a git release.

Open terminal from the Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run below commands one by one:


1. Install git if you don’t have it.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install git

2. Grab the source:

cd /tmp/ && git clone


3. Navigate to the source folder and run the install script:

cd /tmp/PyAudioSelector && sudo sh

Once installed, it starts automatically at next login.

How to Uninstall:

There is not an uninstall script at the moment, but you can easily remove the applet by running below commands one by one:

1. Remove the python script:

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/PyAudioSelector/

2. Remove the config file:

sudo rm /usr/share/PyAudioSelector/config.ini

3. Finally remove the autostart file:

rm ~/.config/autostart/PyAudioSelector.desktop

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Pogo is an ultra lightweight music player for Ubuntu Linux. It is a fork of Decibel Audio Player and supports most common audio formats. Pogo is written in Python and uses GTK+ and gstreamer.

pogo ultra lightweight audio player

Pogo plays your music. Nothing else. It is both fast and easy-to-use. The clear interface uses the screen real-estate very efficiently. Other features include: Fast search on the harddrive and in the playlist, smart album grouping, cover display, desktop notifications and no music library.


Install Pogo Audio Player:

The developer has created a ppa repository to make it easy to install for Ubuntu and Linux Mint users. So far it supports Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise, 10.04 Lucid.

To add the ppa, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pogo-dev/daily

After that, update package lists and install Pogo via command below:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install pogo