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Nuvola Player 2.5 was released yesterday, bringing support for new services such as Spotify Web Player, Grooveshark Mobile (HTML5) and others, as well as improvements for some already existing services.

Nuvola Player 2.5

For those not familiar with Nuvola Player, this is a cloud music player which integrates various cloud music services such as Google Play Music, Grooveshark, Amazon Cloud Player, Bandcamp, Deezer, Hype Machine, 8tracks, Pandora, Rdio, This is My Jam and Pandora with your desktop.

Using it, you'll get desktop notifications, integration with the Ubuntu Sound Menu as well as GNOME Shell Media Player extension, Unity quicklists, multimedia keys support, lyrics, last.fm and libre.fm scrobbling and more. Most of these features are available as plugins so you can easily enable/disable them.

Changes in Nuvola Player 2.5:
  • added Grooveshark Mobile (HTML5), Spotify Web Player (doesn't require a premium account) and Jango integration;
  • added support for Amazon Music Prime streaming;
  • Grooveshark inactivity pop-up window is now automatically dismissed;
  • Fixed MPRIS memory leak and optimized metadata property;
  • Last FM: Update now playing only once on state/song change;
  • Updated Google Play Music country availability;
  • Removed non-functional Service updates functionality. Updates will be included in Nuvola Player bug fix releases;
  • Users with Nuvola Patrons membership are not bothered by a donate bar if they log in with their Tiliado account in preferences.

The complete Nuvola Player 2.5 changelog can be found HERE.

In other Nuvola Player related news, its developers  are currently working on Nuvola Player 3, which has a new code-base written from scratch. Among others, Nuvola Player 3 was ported to "the second generation of the WebKit2Gtk+ web rendering library that doesn't suffer from Flash plugin compatibility issues". 

If you want to try Nuvola Player 3 (currently in alpha), see THIS page.

Install Nuvola Player in Ubuntu via PPA

Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04 and 12.04 / Linux Mint 17.1, 17 and 13 users can install the latest stable Nuvola Player by using its official stable PPA. Add the PPA and install the player using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuvola-player-builders/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install nuvolaplayer

According to the Nuvola Player official installation instructions, running "sudo apt-get upgrade" is required (that's why I added it to the installation instructions above) before installing Nuvola Player or else apt-get may fail to resolve some dependencies and the custom Flash Plugin required by some Nuvola Player services won't be installed and thus, those services will fail to work.

For Debian, Arch Linux and other Linux distributions, see the Nuvola Player downloads page.

If you want to contribute (report bugs, add new services, help with translations, donate, and so on), see THIS page.