Nuclear is a nice looking pre-release application for desktops that sources free music from YouTube, Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
- Searching for and playing music from youtube (including integration with playlists), bandcamp (including albums), and soundcloud
- Searching for related songs in youtube
- Downloading from youtube
- Searching for albums (powered by last.fm and musicbrainz), album view, automatic song lookup based on artist and track name (in progress, can be dodgy sometimes)
- Song queue, which can be exported as a playlist
- Loading saved playlists (stored in json files)
- Scrobbling to last.fm (along with updating the 'now playing' status)
- Newest releases with reviews - tracks and albums
- Browsing by genre
As it is pre-release there will be bugs but what is available now seems pretty good and is a great free alternative to the desktop Spotify app.
Once installed you can choose to search for artists/songs/albums using the built in search function or you can browse the Genres section. The Charts section isn't currently working but the dev is working on that so that could become a popular section for many users.
The default music source for this is YouTube but you can change that under the plugins section.
It is easy enough to add songs to your queue once you have found the songs you have searched for. Just click on the song and select add to queue or you can just select play now if you want to listen to that song straight away.
Last.fm integration allows you to login through the application and scrobble songs to your account.
Overall the pre-release is pretty good so when the dev has added all the features it could be a fantastic little desktop application for music lovers.
One bug I have noticed and is really annoying is searching an album and then clicking the Play button. This seems to freeze the application. The best way to do it is add songs from the album via clicking and adding to the queue.
- You can download Nuclear from Github using this link (.exe for Windows, .dmg for macOS)
- You can follow the dev on Twitter here
- The dev is looking to prioritise bugs so if you report issues on Github using this link
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