Featuring 10 of the Best Linux Audio players. Would appreciate your feedback through comments :>
Rhythmbox is an great audio application for linux. It’s free of cost and it can play and organize digial music easily. It’s inspiration comes from Apple iTunes and it worked pretty amazing under the GNOME Desktop while using the GStreamer media framework.â€
* Easy to use music browser
* Searching and sorting
* Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
* Internet Radio support including last.fm streams
* Display audio visualizations
* Transfer music to and from iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players
* Display album art and song lyrics downloaded from the internet
* Play, rip, and burn audio CDs
* Automatically download audio podcasts
* Browse, preview, and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo
Official Rythmbox Website
2- GMPC (Gnome Music Player Client):GMPC is a nice frontend for Music Player Daemon. It’s fast and easy to use, while still making optimal use of all the functions in mpd.
* Metadata support, it can show artist image, album art, lyrics, etc.
* Plugin support.
* Fast, gmpc is optimized to work even on low end machines and slow networks.
* Profile support, easily use gmpc with multiple mpd’s.
3- XMMS (The X Multimedia System):
XMMS (X MultiMedia System) is a great multimedia player which works on almost all systems but it has some special items which only works in Linux. XMMS can play media files such as MP3, MOD’s, WAV and others with the use of Input plugins. It’s a free software audio player very similar to Winamp,â€ â€¬that runs on many Unix-like operating
Amarok is another great music player for Linux and Unix. Amarok’s interface is very intuitive. It’s a free music player for GNU/Linux and works with UNIX as well. Right now, Amarok is the most popular audio player for Linux.
Quod Libet is a GTK+ based audio player, it’s main feature is it’s music library management. Instead of categorizing the songs by genre, artist, and album, you can search and display instead. Quod Libet can support huge music libraries compared to any other audio players for linux out there.
6- Audacious:Audacious is a free media player for Linux or Linux based systems. Supporting immense portion of its features to plugins, including all codecs. With Audacious, On most systems, a useful set of plugins is installed by default, giving you the ability toplay MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files etc.
Exaile is a free software audio player for Unix-like operating systems that aims to be similar to KDE’s Amarok, but based on the GTK+ toolkit instead of the Qt toolkit Amarok uses.
Features include:* Automatic fetching of album art
* Handling of large music libraries
* Lyrics fetching
* Artist and album information via Wikipedia
* bidirectional last.fm support (both scrobbling of played songs and retrieving related songs from the last.fm server)
* Optional iPod support (requires python-gpod)
* Optional MTP player support (requires libmtp and pymtp)
* Optional iTunes DAAP music sharing support
* Built in shoutcast directory browser
* Tabbed play lists
* Blacklisting of tracks from the music library
8- Banshee:â€ â€¬
Banshee is an free audio player for GNU/Linux operating systems which uses the Helix and GStreamer multimedia platforms to play, â€¬encode,â€ â€¬and decode Oggs,â€ â€¬MP3s,â€ â€¬and other formats.You can play and import audio CDs, play and synchronize music with iPods and share your music easily.â€ Banshee also have the capability of reporting played songs to a user’s Last.fm playlist.â€ Another cool feature of Banshee is that it can Rip CD’s, support podcasting, smart playlists, music recommendations, burn audio and MP3 cd’s and much more!
9- BMP (Beep Media Player)
BMP is also known as beep media player. BMP is a free audio player based on XMMS multimedia player (Mentioned above). It looks like Winamp and also supports it’s skins, including XMMS’s. BMP supports most of the audio formats that XMMS does, main difference is between plugins that these both players use.
Sonata is another elegant GTK+ Music player for MPD (Music player daemon). It’s a free software with features like
* Expanded and collapsed views
* Automatic remote and local album art
* User-configurable columns
* Automatic fetching of lyrics
* Playlist and stream support
* Support for editing song tags
* Popup notification
* Library and playlist searching
* Audioscrobbler (last.fm) support
* Multiple MPD profiles
* Keyboard friendly
* Support for multimedia keys
* Commandline control
Update: I already dedicated a full post to SongBird in past – Check it out Here
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