Music Applet has been superseded by Panflute. All active development is taking place there.

Music Applet

Music Applet is a small, simple GNOME panel applet that lets you control a variety of different music players from the panel. Music Applet provides easy access to information about the current song and the most important playback controls.

Music Applet currently supports the following music players:

Music Applet is the successor to Rhythmbox Applet.

Music Applet 2.5.1 - January 12, 2009

Release notes:

Download source tarball.

Download older releases.


Music Applet 2.5.0, with its notification popup visible.

Music Applet 2.5.0, running in the panel with everything enabled. Song information appears in a notification popup when the song changes, and that information scrolls inside the applet itself during playback.

Music Applet 2.5.0, plugins dialog.

Music Applet 2.5.0, plugins dialog, allowing you to choose which music players you want to use with the applet.

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Panflute 0.5.3 released, Karmic PPA imminent

Sun, 08 Nov 2009

Panflute 0.5.3 has been released. This version fixes a few minor bugs. It is also the first release to have packages for both Jaunty and Karmic uploaded to the PPA.

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Panflute 0.5.2 released

Sat, 31 Oct 2009

Panflute 0.5.2 has been released! As before, this release contains no new features but fixes several bugs, including one that prevented the applet from working properly in Fedora 11. A list of bugs fixed in this release can be found in the release notes. All users are encouraged to upgrade.

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Panflute 0.5.1 released

Sun, 18 Oct 2009

Panflute 0.5.1 has been released! This release contains no new features but fixes several bugs. A list of bugs fixed in this release can be found in the release notes. All users, especially those who use Panflute with Quod Libet or VLC, are encouraged to upgrade.

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Panflute 0.5.0 released

Wed, 23 Sep 2009

Panflute 0.5.0, the successor to Music Applet, has been released. The source can be downloaded from Launchpad, and I’ve also set up a PPA for Panflute to make installation even easier (at least for users of Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions).

Panflute 0.5.0 is essentially feature-compatible with Music Applet 2.5.1. There are only two notable differences in terms of functionality:

Under the hood, of course, it’s a complete re-write of the code, splitting the music player abstraction layer off into a separate process, which can be used by other programs without needing to install the applet. This post explains the rationale for this fundamental change in more detail, but from the casual user it should (hopefully!) be invisible.

Unfortunately, Panflute doesn’t currently have any translations into other languages. I plan to use Launchpad to manage translations, but haven’t yet had a chance to set it up.

If you find any bugs in Panflute, please report them via Panflute’s bug tracker, also hosted on Launchpad.

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The source code for Music Applet is maintained in a bzr repository. You can use bzr to get a copy of the latest developmental code by running:

$ bzr branch

The source code for pre-2.0 versions of Music Applet is in an Arch repository. A publicly available mirror can be found at:

Archive Name
Archive Location

The contents of this repository are signed with my PGP/GPG public key (ID CB9B9E81).


If you think you've found a bug, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at to let me know. If you can supply a patch to fix it, even better.


Music Applet is written by Paul Kuliniewicz <>.