When comparing Exaile vs TOMAHAWK, the Slant community recommends TOMAHAWK for most people. In the question“What are the best music players for Linux?” TOMAHAWK is ranked 14th while Exaile is ranked 18th.
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Pro Can handle large libraries
Exaile utilizes a SQLite database to store information. As such, it can handle large music libraries.
Pro A lot of built-in plugins
Exaile comes pre-loaded with a lot of plugins so users can customize the application how they see fit.
Pro Trimmed down interface
Exaile excels for being a simple-to-use music player that is not filled with a lot of guff.
Exaile has a built-in equalizer.
Pro Innovative music inbox
Pro Familiar interface
TOMAHAWK uses a familiar panned interface that users have become accustomed to within other music players.
Pro Plays from online third-party sources
You can connect Tomahawk with Spotify, Google Play Music, Last.FM, YouTube, Soundcloud, and a lot of other online sources. This means you have instant access to virtually any song you could ever want - even remixes (especially on YouTube) from this one program.
Pro Beautiful Design
TOMAHAWK has one of the best modern design
Con Built on GTK2
Exaile is an older app that is still built with GTK2. Therefore, it may look out of place in a GTK# desktop environment.
Con Cover songs show up in mixes
Amateur cover songs have a habbit of finding their way into mixes which means TOMAHAWK has trouble telling the difference.
Con Lacks some polish
While listening to music, the music area doesn't scroll along with the music. Also, some of the plugins are slow to respond and they each provide a slightly different experience with which information they show, and how they show it (there isn't a standard format).
Con Development seems to have stalled
This project's github readme.md states that the project is abandoned, although some people appear to be contributing still.