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Xnoise 0.2.13 has been released today, introducing a new Album Art view, similar to the one available in Banshee or in Rhythmbox through the CoverArt Browser plugin, along with a new application icon created by Reda Lazri.

The new Album Art view can be accessed from the toolbar/menu or by using the CTRL + B keyboard shortcut. There's an integrated search too, which supports searching for artist, album or track name so you don't have to exit the Album Art view to find out on which album you can find a certain track:

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New Xnoise album art view

Other changes in Xnoise 0.2.13:
  • Revamped 'Now Playing' image rendering with reflections
  • Add weblink to keyboard shortcuts in help menu
  • Use symbolic icon in volume slider
  • Implement MPRIS 2 seek
  • Enable support for more media types
  • Mingw compatibility fixes

new xnoise icon
New Xnoise icon

Xnoise is a fast GTK+ media player written in Vala, which supports both music and video files. It features automatic album art fetching, a nice "Now Playing" pane, media keys sypport, plugins for online services like UbuntuOne Music Store, Last.fm, Lyrics as well as Ubuntu integration such as Quicklists, HUD support, SoundMenu integration and notifications.

Here's a video recorded by the Xnoise developer, demoing some of the features available in the latest Xnoise 0.2.13:

(direct video link)

Install Xnoise in Ubuntu

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To install the latest Xnoise in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal or 12.04 Precise Pangolin, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xnoise

For other Linux distributions, get Xnoise source via GitHub.