"In Maverick we're adding the new Ayatana indicator for sound,
Conor Curran's very classy implementation of MPT's very classy
spec. It's a Category Indicator, like the messaging menu, so it
allows apps to embed themselves into it in a standard and
appropriate way. You can have multiple players represented there,
and control them directly from the menu, without needing a custom
AppIndicator or windows open for the player(s). The integration
with Rhythmbox and, via the MPRIS dbus API, several other players
is coming along steadily.
"One issue I've noticed is that the layout of the track and
album art means we are almost always ellipsizing some of the track
/ album /artist data. I wondered whether it wouldn't be reasonable
to lay the metadata over the album art, if one used a drop shadow
to ensure a more readable text:
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