Xubuntu 16.04 will have no media manager by default; proposes to use the cloud

Xubuntu 16.04

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) will be the first version of Xubuntu that will not have a multimedia program set by default. This move aims to help all those who do not have a specific preference, so the Xubuntu team debated and exposed which were their favorites to reach the conclusion that it was not necessary to include any. There are already many in Ubuntu's default repositories, so anyone who misses one can quickly install it from the Software Center or with a command.

On the other hand, they also took into account that more and more of us use a streaming multimedia content service, such as Spotify or Netflix, and in their blog post on xubuntu.org They talk about several of these services. Below you have the three services of streaming music what the Xubuntu team proposes and my personal opinion about this move.

Xubuntu will bet on the cloud for multimedia playback

  • Spotify: the leader of music in streaming by number of users. In recent months it has been gaining more and more users, which may have something to do with the arrival of Apple Music. The more users, the more views; The more views, the more money the artists will earn and the more they will be interested in the platform. It has about 30 million songs available and can be accessed from the browser by going to play.spotify.com.
  • Pandora- A kind of radio available in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, it has between 1 and 2 million songs available. You can access your service from your web browser by going to pandora.com and other GTK + applications.
  • Google Play Music- Available in many countries, Google's proposal can be used for free, but many options are paid. It has about 35 million songs available.

Personally, I have a divided opinion regarding this Xubuntu move. On the one hand, it seems perfect to me that software should not be added if it is not going to be used. On the other hand, I know that there are many users who do not know very well how or what software to install to play multimedia content. Perhaps the best thing would be to make the options available from the Xubuntu Software Center clearly visible, although surely they have thought of something similar. What do you think of this movement?


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  1.   Ruben said

    Does that mean it won't come with gmusicbrowser installed? If so, that's fine with me, in all the distros I end up installing Clementine and VLC. With that enough for everything.

    1.    Paul Aparicio said

      Hello Ruben. Exactly. I use Ubuntu and I don't like rhythmmbox either. I uninstall it and install VLC and Clementine as well.

      A greeting.