Friday, 13 May 2011

Pogo music player



Having recently volunteered to do a bit of graphics work for a project called Pogo, I thought I should investigate this application a bit more and even give it a trial run. I have to confess, at the time the email came in requesting help with a logo I accepted the challenge without even knowing what the application did.

After briefly reading through the email and several brief conversations between the creator Jendrik Seipp and myself, I took a look at the website, which to my disappointment was simply a launchpad page. So the first thing that struck my mind was that this was, primarily, an Ubuntu project. The choices for download are a *.deb file or the source data in a *.tar.gz file. As I have Crunchbang installed on my system anyway I opted for the deb file simply to make life easier.


The install went smoothly and very quickly I had the Pogo music player (0.4 at the time of writing this) up and running:


The user interface is very simple; a window split into two screens. The left screen is a tree view of your files, this can be navigated quite easily for any music that is in your home folder. However for files that are on a separate partition, you will need to go all the way back to / and manually find the mount point of the drive (usually /mnt or /media depending on your distro). The partition must be mounted already as there is no way to mount it from Pogo.

The right screen is your playlist, to add a music file you can either double click on it in the left screen or drag it into the right screen using the mouse and holding the left button. The responsiveness of Pogo is very good indeed, it is lightning fast and the files play without any delay. Whilst playing, a progress bar appears at the top, which can be dragged to get the position in the file you want, handy for longer podcasts. Also the cover of the album appears in the bottom right of the window.

True to Ubuntu style, whenever a new track starts a notification pops up in the top right of your desktop just under the system tray (again this is depending on your desktop environment, but this is the case in XFCE). These, thankfully, can be turned off with a single click in preferences.


A search function is also included to allow you to look out your favourite bands or songs quickly, however all it kept giving me was a "no tracks found" message. Take a look at the screenshot below, look at the search, now compare the result with the tracks that are currently playing:


There are a few major omissions that I simply couldn't live without with regards to my media player:
  1. The lack of a shuffle option (this apparently is set to be included in the next release)
  2. The ability to add all the files from a folder, instead of selecting the files and moving them over to the playlist screen.
  3. The ability to stream from the internet
This isn't aiming to be VLC. It is a fast and simple music player and, if I'm being honest, it plays files and uses up hardly any resources in the process. The notifications that can't be interacted with are very much in line with the current Ubuntu trend. I feel that this project is best suited to low spec machines and (very early stage) newbie users, those like your older relations who only want to play a few files. Pogo adopts a 'keep it simple' philosophy, the lack of options and buttons make it incredibly easy to use. I'll keep an eye on this project, but I won't be uninstalling VLC quite yet. A bit too basic for my needs at the present time.

4 comments:

  1. Looks interesting, but still doesn't offer anything I can't get from other media players. I use Rhytmbox for full blown all-in-one-place, and VLC for lightweight-play-anything.

    I think a new app needs to offer something different from the rest to get attention.

    For those long Podcasts by TINAP and RR I would like to see an included track-splitter, now that would be awesome, ie http://mp3splt.sourceforge.net/mp3splt_page/home.php

    Nice write up by the way :)

    rich

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  2. I agree, it really doesn't offer anything new at all, but it may have a niche market (underpowered PCs and very novice users). For the average user there are loads of media players available.

    Thanks for taking the time to write a comment :)

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  3. Let me st4rt by s4ying nice p0st. Im n0t sure if it h4s been t4lked 4b0ut, but when using Chr0me I c4n never get the entire site t0 l04d with0ut refreshing m4ny times. C0uld just be my c0mputer. Th4nks. glutera murah

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  4. The information provided is too much relevant. The link you provided for the Pogo Technical Support is Awesome. It provides good support for the Pogo Problem.
    Pogo Help please visit the link.

    Thankyou
    Lacy Brown

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