Nowadays, desktop environments usually provide a media player applet, integrated somewhere in the desktop user interface. This applet provides basic control over media players that implement the MPRIS2 specification.
These screenshots show both Goodvibes and the media player applet from different desktop environments.
It’s possible to launch Goodvibes with the
--status-icon option. In this
mode, Goodvibes will not display a main window, but will instead add an icon
to your notification area (also called system tray).
This is a kind of legacy feature, and it will be removed from Goodvibes at some point in the future. This is not supported by the toolkit (GTK+) anymore, and this is also disappearing from various desktop environments (GNOME and Ubuntu at least).
Anyway, here’s how Goodvibes looks like in Status Icon mode.