There are quite a few internet radio apps for the Linux desktop. However, the apps we’ve talked about previously are a bit complicated for the average user and have user interfaces that, while great, can be confusing at times.
Introducing Goodvibes, it’s a neat little internet radio app for the Linux desktop. It gives users access to a wide variety of internet radio stations in a simple, easy-to-understand UI. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install it and use it too.
Installing Goodvibes on Linux
The Goodvibes radio app is available for installation on a variety of Linux distributions in various formats. To get the app working on your system, start by launching a terminal window by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T keyboard combination.
After opening up a terminal window on your Linux desktop, begin installing Goodvibes by following along with the installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the Linux OS you currently use.
On Ubuntu, the Goodvibes radio application can be installed via the “Universe” software repository. However, it is only available for Ubuntu 20.10 and 20.04 users. If you’re using 18.04 or older, turn to Flatpak to get the app working.
Not every Ubuntu installation has the “Universe” software repository turned on by default. So, we must go over how to enable it. To enable it, first, execute the following add-apt-repository command below.
sudo add-apt-repository universe
After adding “Universe” to the system with the add-apt-repository command, you must update your software sources using the apt update command. By refreshing your software sources, you will make “Universe” accessible to the system.
sudo apt update
Finally, you can install the Goodvibes app on your system using the apt install command.
sudo apt install goodvibes
On Debian 10 and 11 and Sid, you can get the Goodvibes app through the “main” software repository. To install the app on your system, execute the following apt-get install command below.
sudo apt-get install goodvibes
On Arch Linux, the Goodvibes app is available through a third-party repo known as “UserRepository.” To install it on your Linux PC, execute the commands below in a terminal window.
wget https://userrepository.eu/goodvibes-0.6-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst sudo pacman -U goodvibes-0.6-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst
Don’t trust third-party software repositories on Arch Linux? You can also get Goodvibes on the Arch Linux AUR here.
The Goodvibes radio application is available to Fedora 33 and Rawhide users via the primary Fedora repos. To install the app on your system, use the following dnf install command in a terminal window.
sudo dnf install goodvibes
On OpenSUSE Tumbleweed as well as OpenSUSE LEAP, you can get Goodvibes set up on your system using the “Multimedia” software repository. To enable the “Multimedia” repository on your system, execute the following zypper command.
sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ multimedia-apps-x86_64
sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_Leap_15.2/ multimedia-apps-x86_64
sudo zypper addrepo https://ftp.lysator.liu.se/pub/opensuse/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_Leap_15.1/ multimedia-apps-x86_64
After adding the repo to your OpenSUSE system, make use of the refresh command. This command will update the repos on your system, including the one you’ve just added.
sudo zypper refresh
Finally, install Goodvibes on OpenSUSE with the zypper install command.
sudo zypper install goodvibes
The Goodvibes internet radio application is available on the Flathub app store as a Flatpak. To get it working on your Linux system, you must first enable the Flatpak runtime. To do that, follow our in-depth guide on the subject.
flatpak install flathub io.gitlab.Goodvibes
Using Goodvibes on Linux
To use Goodvibes on your Linux PC, start by opening the app. You can open the app by searching for it in the app menu. Once the app is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to use it.
Step 1: Look through Goodvibes for the station list. The station list is directly below the playback buttons in the app. Sort through the list of stations you want to listen to.
Step 2: Once you’ve found a station to listen to, select it with the mouse, and it should start playing. You can then control the volume of the station using the speaker icon.
Step 3: Need to stop the playback of the Goodvibes app? While the station is playing, the play button will turn into a stop button. Click on it to stop the playback.
Adding custom stations to Goodvibes
Did you know that you can add custom radio stations to the Goodvibes app? Here’s how to do it. First, look online for the URI of the station you wish to add to your computer.
After locating the URI, click on the menu next to the minimize button and select “add station.” Then, paste in the station URI. You’ll then be able to listen to it through the Goodvibes app.