Clementine is a cross platform music player and library organizer forked from Amarok 1.4.
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Pro Creates playlists based on past music you listened to
Clementine gathers the user's listening data to use for smart playlists. Clementine uses your listening history to play music similar to the music you play most - which typically is music you will like but maybe haven't discovered yet.
Pro Decent library management
Clementine allows the user to move and organize audio files easily. Some examples include the following:
- It's easy to find a specific album song (find artist, select album, select song).
- It's easy to add songs to a playlist and queue the songs.
- It's easy to rename files from their metadata (artist, album, song number, etc).
- It's easy to add cover images.
- There are options to find duplicates, untagged songs, etc.
Pro Remote app for Android
There is a very good remote app for Android. The app lets you do a lot: from the usual volume controls to checking the lyrics on your phone. You can even download the songs from Clementine onto your phone.
Pro Tag editing
Clementine features competent tag managing for all music files, be it album art or just simple text entries.
Pro Sensible UI
A fork of the 1.X line of Amarok, Clementine favours usability over design trends.
Pro Supports a lot of online services
Clementine includes support for services such as Ampache, Google Play Music, Spotify, and many internet radio stations such as Jamendo and Icecast. It's also possible to search all available sources (local and online) at once, as well as mixed content playlists.
Pro Intuitive and fast to set up
Clementine is easy to get up and running with lyrics, equalizer, online info, etc., within minutes after installation.
Pro Built-in format conversion
Users can format any of their music files to a different format with Clementine's built-in format conversion tool.
Pro Built-in equalizer for custom sound
There is a built-in equalizer with many presets from genre-specific rock, pop, and party, to experiences such as large hall and live. You can also tweak it yourself and name your own preset.
Pro Can display song lyrics
Fetches lyrics from several lyric providers.
Pro Very good folder organization
Organizes your music folder based on the tags of your library.
Con Slow development
Very little development work has been going on for a while as of mid-2017. Nobody is responding to bug reports.
Con Resource exhaustive
Clementine uses up to two orders of magnitude more CPU than VLC and takes up about 180 MB of memory, plus additional memory for spawned processes (tag-readers), while VLC uses 80 MB with no other processes.
Con Bit perfect output no longer configurable
Audiophiles want to play their expensive HD albums.
Clementine is probably the most fully featured music player for Linux, however it has its own issues. It crashes and experiences occasional memory leaks that can slow down your system.
Con Default settings aren't great
Although this is subjective, you might have to do some tweaking before you like it.
Con Not a lot of documentation
Clementine does not offer a lot of documentation, which can make discovering its features a bit difficult.
Con Doesn't allow gapless playback
Con Horrible user interface and confusing layout
Con No way to search on filename
Con Database regularly messes up
Con Too bloated by default with things like LastFM that can't be removed
When you install it, you get ton of internet radios and services plugins, that you can't remove, only turn off. There is also useless stuff like artist info that doesn't work and stuff.
Con Sometimes messes up taskbar
Con Cannot choose which tag profile to use
I use Tag2 (ID3:2.4) which doesn't seem to be the default tag used and I can't see a way to choose this.
Con Slow to start in Gnome/Cinnamon
It takes about the same time to start as an IDE or Photoshop.