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MusicGuru: A Linux Music Organizer and Player




If you are looking for a simple and efficient way to manage and play your music collection on Linux, you might want to check out MusicGuru. MusicGuru is a free and open-source music organizer and player that lets you scan, organize, and play your music files in a user-friendly interface. In this article, we will show you what MusicGuru is, how to install it on Linux, how to use it, and what are its pros and cons. We will also compare it with some other popular music software for Linux.




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What is MusicGuru?




MusicGuru is a cross-platform music organizer and player that was created by Hardcoded Software in 2005. It is written in Python and uses Qt for its graphical user interface. MusicGuru supports MP3, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and AAC formats. It can also read ID3 tags and metadata from your music files.


Features of MusicGuru




Some of the main features of MusicGuru are:


  • It can scan your hard drive or any other location for music files and add them to your collection.



  • It can organize your music collection by artist, album, genre, year, or any other criteria you choose.



  • It can rename and move your music files according to your organization scheme.



  • It can create playlists and smart playlists based on your preferences.



  • It can play your music files using its built-in player or any external player you choose.



  • It can edit the ID3 tags and metadata of your music files.



  • It can export your music collection to HTML, XML, or CSV formats.



  • It can import your music collection from iTunes or other sources.



How to install MusicGuru on Linux




To install MusicGuru on Linux, you have two options:


  • You can download the latest version of MusicGuru from its official website and extract the archive file. Then, you can run the musicguru.py file from the terminal or double-click it from the file manager.



  • You can install MusicGuru from your distribution's package manager. For example, on Ubuntu, you can run the following command in the terminal: sudo apt install musicguru. On Fedora, you can run: sudo dnf install musicguru. On Arch Linux, you can run: yay -S musicguru.



How to use MusicGuru




Once you have installed MusicGuru on your Linux system, you can launch it from the menu or the terminal. You will see the main window of MusicGuru with three tabs: Collection, Playlists, and Mass Rename. Here is how to use each tab:


How to scan your music collection




To scan your music collection with MusicGuru, you need to do the following steps:


  • Go to the Collection tab and click on the Scan button.



  • Select the folder or folders where your music files are located and click OK.



  • Wait for MusicGuru to scan your music files and add them to your collection. You will see the progress bar at the bottom of the window.



  • When the scan is finished, you will see your music collection organized by artist and album in a tree view on the left side of the window. You can expand or collapse each node and see the details of each album on the right side of the window.



How to organize your music collection




To organize your music collection with MusicGuru, you need to do the following steps:


  • Go to the Collection tab and click on the Organize button.



  • Select the criteria you want to use to organize your music collection. You can choose from artist, album, genre, year, or custom. You can also drag and drop the criteria to change their order.



  • Click OK and wait for MusicGuru to organize your music collection according to your criteria. You will see the progress bar at the bottom of the window.



  • When the organization is finished, you will see your music collection organized in a tree view on the left side of the window. You can expand or collapse each node and see the details of each item on the right side of the window.



How to play your music collection




To play your music collection with MusicGuru, you need to do the following steps:


  • Go to the Collection tab and select the album or song you want to play. You can also use the search box at the top of the window to find a specific album or song.



  • Double-click on the album or song to add it to the playlist on the bottom of the window. You can also drag and drop multiple albums or songs to the playlist.



  • Click on the Play button to start playing your music. You can also use the Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Shuffle, and Repeat buttons to control your playback.



  • If you want to use an external player instead of the built-in player, you can go to Preferences > Player and select your preferred player from the list. You can also browse for a custom player if it is not in the list.



Pros and cons of MusicGuru




MusicGuru is a simple and efficient music organizer and player for Linux, but it also has some pros and cons that you should consider before using it. Here are some of them:


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Pros of MusicGuru




  • It is free and open-source software that respects your privacy and freedom.



  • It is cross-platform and works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.



  • It is lightweight and fast, and does not consume much system resources.



  • It is easy to use and has a user-friendly interface.



  • It supports multiple music formats and can read ID3 tags and metadata.



  • It can organize your music collection by various criteria and rename and move your music files accordingly.



  • It can create playlists and smart playlists based on your preferences.



  • It can play your music files using its built-in player or any external player you choose.



  • It can edit the ID3 tags and metadata of your music files.



  • It can export your music collection to HTML, XML, or CSV formats.



  • It can import your music collection from iTunes or other sources.



Cons of MusicGuru




  • It is not very actively developed and maintained, and its latest version was released in 2017.



  • It does not support some features that other music software have, such as online streaming, lyrics display, album art download, podcasts, radio stations, etc.



  • It does not have a built-in equalizer or sound effects.



  • It does not have a dark mode or theme customization options.



  • It does not have a help menu or documentation for users who need assistance.



Alternatives to MusicGuru




If you are not satisfied with MusicGuru or want to try some other music software for Linux, here are some alternatives that you can check out:


Rhythmbox




Rhythmbox is a popular music player and organizer for GNOME desktop environment. It supports online streaming services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Last.fm, etc. It also has features such as lyrics display, album art download, podcasts, radio stations, etc. It has a plugin system that allows you to extend its functionality. It is free and open-source software that is available in most Linux distributions' repositories.


Clementine




Clementine is a modern music player and organizer that is inspired by Amarok 1.4. It supports multiple music formats and online streaming services such as Spotify, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, etc. It also has features such as lyrics display, album art download, podcasts, radio stations, etc. It has a built-in equalizer and sound effects. It has a dark mode and theme customization options. It is free and open-source software that is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.


Amarok




Amarok is a powerful music player and organizer for KDE desktop environment. It supports multiple music formats and online streaming services such as Spotify, Jamendo, Magnatune, etc. It also has features such as lyrics display, album art download, podcasts, radio stations, etc. It has a plugin system that allows you to extend its functionality. It has a built-in equalizer and


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