What “Babes” Are You Listening To? Meet Babe – A New Music Player For KDE

“Babe” is the result of what happens when a Linux user develops an application for the platform he so loves.

Apr 17, 2017Apps
Babe music player (dark theme)

Almost a couple of weeks ago, IWF1 has informed you about a brand new music player for KDE that finally took shape.

As it now turns out, that music player wasn’t the only one cooking over at the KDE camp, as another developer recently announced his own creation to the public in the form of yet another new music player, “specially made for KDE/Plasma”, named Babe.

Babe Features

Babe features have grown out of its developer’s wants and needs, which modestly began from a tiny player playing music (referred to as “babes” by the developer) found on YouTube and later grown into a much more capable player boasting at the following features:

  • Integrated collection manager – with song, artist and album view.
  • Playlist support – create and play different playlists.
  • Information view – retrieves information about tracks.
  • Integrated search function.
  • Chrome / Chromium extension – lets you bookmark favorite music video from online services such as YouTube and Vimeo.
  • KDE Connect integration – send music to your devices.
Babe music player's album view

Babe music player’s album view

Pretty neat set of features and there are a few more to be introduced in the future, says the developer.

Get Babe

Being very new and still under heavy development, Babe probably isn’t available yet as part of your distro’s official repository (as of time of writing this).

Users who’d like to follow Babe’s development from up close and perhaps get a hand over its source code can do so by visiting the app’s official Web page which also contains a link to its source code on GitHub as well.

Finally, a big kudos to the entire KDE community (developers and users) for the achievement of having a couple more wonderful music players to choose from.

Nonetheless, it might also be a good opportunity to ask ourselves the following question: how come no one has picked up the gauntlet of developing a new video player for KDE that will replace the age old Dragon player – which is, by the way, still considered the default KDE Video player although many distributions doesn’t ship with it.