Rhythmbox is not a good musican, it’s a real pain in the ■■■■, I can’t do anything with it. Compared to Rhythmbox, eg. Syonara offers the same functions and it works! No start up problems (alternative toolbar), coverart browser and so on
I agree, i use Google Play Music Desktop Player.
Before moving to Ubuntu Mate i was using Kubuntu and the Amarok Audio Player which in my view is loads better than Rhythmbox. downside of using Amarok is that it pulls in a load of KDE dependencies.
Edit: Also VLC is good for media including audio.
I’ve been using/testing many players. All of them too complicated, or doing too much for what is needed really. All you want is to hear music - no fancy stuff.
Rhythmbox does what it does. It plays streams or your local music files. No fuzz, no widgets. That’s what most people need. That’s probably why it is used as ‘default’ since most users won’t look for anything else.
If you have more need then that then you’re free to install whatever you need. But don’t kill a ‘default’ just for that.
Rhythmbox works perfectly. Allows me to repeat. No other player allows this. It’s already a pain in the… that the Gnome basend Rhythmbox lost this setting and other settings, because they axed the menu.
I love my UM as it with Rhythmbox.
You can install and use what you want but don’t always try to change everything because there is a new kid on the block.
I had tried a couple of players, go back to Rhythmbox and now I think, I better left my hands off. With plugins it’s running unstable (not only) for me and have some strange behaviours. In my oppion, a music player could be better for a default installed app. But nonetheless, Ubuntu MATE is super, I love it and the installation of another music player is also done quickly.