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Use Too Many Music Services? Consolidate Your Music With Open-Source Social Player Tomahawk [Cross-Platform]

Jessica Cam Wong 01-05-2012

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Tomahawk might be a good app that can help you consolidate your music. It is a social music player aiming to connect all of your music, regardless of the source, and placing them into a central library. From this library, you can pick and group songs into playlists, without needing to worry about whether they are on YouTube, Grooveshark, etc. Not only that, Tomahawk lets you connect to your friends from various networks and browse their libraries as well.

With Tomahawk Player, you can combine the music from your computers with the songs, playlists and stations from your favorite music streaming services. In the next screenshot, you can see the general layout of Tomahawk, which is reminiscent of iTunes, but in no way does Tomahawk share its slowness and lack of automatic music scanning.

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Once you download the appropriate installation file for your operating system, you will see it scanning your hard drives for available music.

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Since your music probably also resides across multiple music streaming sources, Tomahawk lets you find your music content from many different music sites that you can add using resolvers. The latter are basically extensions that you install in one click to get Tomahawk to connect to YouTube, Soundcloud, Grooveshark, etc.

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For example, I added the YouTube resolver, and when I created an automated pop playlist to be filled with artists similar to Katy Perry, Tomahawk pulled in playable results from YouTube.

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Besides being able to connect to different streaming services via resolvers or extensions, Tomahawk also has a section called “Browse” that lets you discover music in the form of official charts, and songs that your friends have recently listened to or loved.

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You can also connect to your Twitter and Google friends that are using Tomahawk and their collections by entering your account credentials in the Accounts tab of the Tomahawk settings.


Besides being able to see what songs your friends are listening to and which ones they absolutely loved,  you can also play them in Tomahawk.

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Tomahawk is a genius social music player that aims to integrate your music collection from the myriad of music discovery and streaming services with your local digital music libraries. While its concept is already incredibly revolutionary, the coolest parts might be that it’s also open-source and cross-platform.

A similar music player that integrates many cloud-based music players is Nuvola Player Integrate Cloud Music Players Into Your Desktop With Nuvola Player [Linux] Integrate your favorite cloud-based music players with the Linux desktop. Whether you're a fan of Google Music, Grooveshark, Hype Machine, 8tracks or all four, Nuvola Player makes listening to cloud music in Linux so seamless... Read More , though it’s only available for Linux.

Do you know of similar music apps operating under great, unique concepts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. melon
    July 29, 2016 at 12:22 am

    You guys should try Sylo. It's available on Mac and iOS and is the most well-built universal music service I have ever seen.

  2. Kelvin Zhang
    June 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Isn't Spotify and Soundcloud social enough?

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      June 4, 2012 at 2:47 am

      They're social, but they don't help you get all the music services together in one platform like Tomahawk does.

  3. Mavourneen Strozewski
    May 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I am getting an unhandled memory exception pop up and a runtime error; not sure what that's about...

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      May 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Are you getting that exception when you just launch the program?

  4. Garey Boone
    May 2, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Holy smokes this is an awesome free piece of software this should be in the best of apps section some where.

    • Julius
      May 3, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Ditto to that Garey! This app totally just earned a download from me...

      • Jessica Cam Wong
        May 10, 2012 at 1:17 am

        The editor in charge of the Best Of lists said he could take Tomahawk into consideration during the next list update. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • melon
      July 29, 2016 at 12:23 am

      Yo you should try Sylo. It works a lot better than Tomahawk and is available on iOS