Getting Musique to work on a computer running Linux Mint 17.2

  8 years ago


There is not much documentation on the web regarding the Musique music player, so I thought I would start to catalog the various software packages, websites and work-arounds that I employ, to get Musique working on Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" - Cinnamon (64-bit).



Software packages used to get Musique working on my Linux Mint desktop:


1). Installation Instructions:


1). Musique:


2). EasyTAG:


3). Pragha:


a). Introduction:

Pragha is a lightweight Linux Music Player, which is able to play FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, mp3, m4a, asf, wma, and ape files (personally I am only interested in working with FLAC files).

So if Musique is so great, what do I need another Linux music player like Pragha for?      

Pragha is interesting in relationship to Musique, because it is very good at editing FLAC and Ogg Vorbis tags.

Surely Pragha is not as powerful when it comes to editing tags as EasyTag?

EasyTag is very powerful, but Pragha has a feature which in one situation, gives it an advantage over EasyTag. You can cut and paste words into Pragha when you are editing tags; in EasyTAG you have to type everything in.

EasyTAG is very good when you are typing in plain English, but throw in an acute accent and a simple program like Pragha, which allows you to cut and paste, suddenly looks like a winner.

Typing in Beethoven with EasyTAG is easy but what about 五輪 真弓 (Mayumi Itsuwa), Antonín Dvořák (Dvorak) or Արամ Խաչատրյան (Khachaturian).


b). How do I use Pragha to get Musique working on my Linux Mint desktop?

So I have used Asunder to rip my Mayumi Itsuwa CD-ROM. The trouble is all the songs are in Japanese script

e.g. リバイバル

  • Right click on the FLAC file that you want to edit the tags on (for example a song called リバイバル) and select  Open with Pragha from the drop-down menu.
  • Head across to the Pragha window when it opens up, right click on the song you are interested in    (リバイバル by Mayumi Itsuwa) and select Edit track information
  • In the Pragha Edit Tags window which opens up, you can see that the title of the song is indeed         リバイバル
  • You know that the song's title in Roman script is Ribaibaru and that the English translation for the song's title is Revival.
  • So edit the song's title in the Pragha Edit Tag window so it reads リバイバル (Ribaibaru - Revival)
  • Click on the OK button and your tag edits are saved.

There is probably a way to achieve this in EasyTAG but I doubt it is as easy as this work around.


4). Asunder

Asunder is an open-source audio CD ripper and encoder, allowing the users to easily burn tracks on CDs.

  • Supports FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, MP3 and Wavpack audio files (personally I am only interested in working with FLAC files).
  • Uses CDDB to name and tag each track


Websites used to get Musique working on my Linux Mint desktop:

Musique uses the website to obtain album covers images and photographs of artists.

Album Covers:

You can always provide you're own album cover images by slipping a cover.jpg file into the folder containing the album songs in your Music Folder.

  • The file must be a .jpg file
  • The file must be called cover.

Providing you're own cover.jpg file for each of you're albums solves a lot of problems and I personally don't rely on to provide any of my album covers.

By problems I mean the wrong album cover or occassionally no album cover at all; only an ugly grey hole on you're otherwise very pretty Musique Album window.


I haven't found an easy way to provide my own artist photographs (in fact I haven't found any way to provide my own artist photograps).

I wish I could just slip a artist.jpg folder into every one of my album folders in my Music Folder, but I have tried this and it doesn't work. This would be a nice feature for the next revision of Musique.

So you have to rely on to provide you with Artist photographs, which means that when things go wrong you will end up with problems.

By problems I mean the wrong artist photograph or occassionally no photograph at all; only an ugly grey hole on you're otherwise very pretty Musique Artist window.

What can go wrong with Artist photographs and how to fix the ugly grey hole:

a). The difference between Léo and Leo

I have got two versions of the Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) by Léo Delibes.

If I accidently type in Léo Delibes as the artist for the version by Joan Sutherland and Jane Berbié and Leo Delibes for the version by Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanča, I end up with two seperate artists, one called Léo Delibes and one called Leo Delibes, each with a different photograph (one colour and one black and white) and each with only one version of the same song.

There is of course only one Léo Delibes and whether you choose to add the acute accent or not is of no interest to me doesn't always mess up like this, but I wish Musique had a way to not rely solely on to provide artist photographs.

If you know of a way, please let me know.

b). Misspelling the Artists name

You might have spelt the artists name correctly, but if it is not recognised by you won't get any artist photographs appearing.

Sometimes with obscure artists you have to visit to see how they spell an artists name (complete with acute or grave accents etc) in order to get an artist photographs to appear.

c). Artist name all in Caps

I like to listen to a Morocan singer called Oum

chilipadi 8 years ago

Thanks for you're input "Hammer459". I have adjusted my tutorial to provide the proper warnings to Linux Mint users with regards to the use of unverified PPA's.

c). Latest version (Asunder 2.7) - Install at your own risk:

Asunder 2.2-1 (stable version) works just fine for me; however if you are willing to live with the risks associated with installing software from unverified PPA's, especially versions from PPA's "unstable branch", the information below may be of interest to you:

Hammer459 8 years ago

Please beware when installing software from an unverified PPA, especially versions from the PPA's "unstable" branch.
The latest _stable_ Asunder is already available using Software Manager and if Musique is available using Synaptic it is probably also available using Software Manager.
Confusing regular Mint users with Synaptic and CLI apt commands is not recommended without proper warning. The same applies to recommending unverified PPA's