Nightingale : Lightweight Open-Source Media Player

It is often said that good music is nature’s best painkiller. While some of you might not agree to music being the best painkiller, good music is definitely something everyone loves. If you like to listen to your music collection on your desktop computer, then you can use an open-source cross-platform media player called Nightingale.

Nightingale is actually a fork of another project called Songbird. When Songbird project was abandoned, Nightingale emerged as a fork of Songbird. But it has added many features of its own to the original source code.

This free music player is available for all the popular desktop platforms such as Windows, Linux and macOS. It sports a beautiful user interface built on the Mozilla code. It supports a wide range of audio file formats such as MP3.

Upon launching the Nightingale media player, we have to set the audio files folder where it is going to scan for the available audio files. After it has scanned the audio files, it will add them to the library. We can then begin playing the audio files simply by clicking on the “Play” button.


The user interface can be switched between the normal interface and the mini interface. In the mini interface, it does not display the playlist. We can also choose color themes for the user interface from the menu by selecting “View” and then “Feathers”. There are three themes available – Blue Monday, Pink Martini and, Purple Rain.

Other than playing the local audio files, it also supports many features through the plugins. For example, you can use plugins to add support for SHOUTcast,, or SoundCloud.

Even though this media player has not received updates for some time, it works flawlessly on any Windows PC. We tested it on a Windows 11 PC and it worked without any hiccups.

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