GNOME Music: Notifications, Search and Playlists

The notifications, search and playlists features are now usable and almost complete, so I added a new package to our openSUSE Build Service repositories. We are not sure yet if it would make it to 3.10 cycle (because the UI and String freezes are already in effect), but we really hope so.

Here’s the overview of the status of these three features.


To the three, this is the most tested and was ready even before the port to Python. A libnotify bug was blocking it so it wasn’t able to be ready before the port. Giovanni Campagna is the one who wrote this feature.

With these, you could control Music even if your screen is locked. You’ll get a notification in the message tray when the song changes, and it adds an icon to the message tray that you could always access.

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It could only filter the views for now, but it is very helpful when you have a large music collection.

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Fully working except that you can’t remove songs in the playlists (I haven’t implemented it yet, busy with exams this week) and it needs some design fixes to fully follow the mockups.

Edit: Shimatta! I forgot that I haven’t fixed Add to Playlist in Albums and Artists view yet. Gonna work on that once I’m finished with some school work.

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If you want to try them out, use JHBuild (use the freeze-break branch that has all these features), or install packages from if you are using Fedora 19, openSUSE 12.3 or Arch Linux.

Report bugs at or tell us at #gnome-music channel at GIMPNet IRC. We really need help for testing these.


4 thoughts on “GNOME Music: Notifications, Search and Playlists”

    1. Jakub Steiner already created mockups for it, it just needs someone to write it 😉

      It seems like the focus for 3.12 would be remote sources and finishing up playlists and search. Though we would still accept patches for any features.

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