Xubuntu 16.04 will not have a default media manager

Xubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) will be the first version of Xubuntu that you 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 set out what their favorites were to conclude that it was not necessary to include any. There are already many in the default Ubuntu repositories, so anyone who is missing one can install it quickly from the Software Center or with a command.

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

Xubuntu will bet on the cloud for media playback

  • spotify: The leader of music in streaming by number of users. In recent months has been gaining more and more users, which may have something to do with the arrival of Apple Music. The more users, the more reproductions; the more reproductions, the more money the artists will make 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 logging in play.spotify.com.
  • Pandora: A kind of radio available in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, has available between 1 and 2 million songs. Your service can be accessed from your web browser by logging into pandora.com and other GTK + applications.
  • Google Play Music: Available in many countries, the Google 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, I think it’s perfect not to add software if it’s 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 visible the options available from the Xubuntu Software Center, although I’m sure they have thought of something similar. What do you think of this move?


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