Internet radio app shortwave 2.0.0 released in mini player mode

Shortwave free open source internet radio player for Gnome released version 2.0.0 today.

The new release introduces a mini player mode. This is an ultra-compact window widget with several control buttons that shows the current radio station and the title of the song being played.

Other changes Shortwave 2.0.0 include:

  • Shows a system notification when you start playing a new song.
  • Redesign the station details window and add the ability to copy the URL of the stream.
  • Improved keyboard navigation in the user interface.
  • Prevents the system from pausing or hibernating while playing audio.

And Shortwave is built as a GTK4 application. In the case of the UI, you can see that the bottom corners are rounded.

How to install Shortwave 2.0.0 on Ubuntu:

The radio player is available as a Snap package in Ubuntu software, but it hasn’t been updated at the time of writing.

Other than building from source (impossible because it depends on GTK4), so far the only way is to install the containerized Flatpak package.

1.) Open a terminal from the System Applications menu or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard. Once open, run the command to install the flatpak daemon, if it doesn’t exist.

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Add a flathub repository that hosts the flatpak package.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Then use the command to install the Shortwave flatpak package.

flatpak install flathub de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave

Once installed, launch Internet Radio Player from the System Applications menu and have fun!

(Optional) To remove Shortwave, just run the command in your terminal.

flatpak uninstall --delete-data de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave

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