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I want to give the list of media players available for ubuntu users with installation instructions.

Beep Media Player

MP, or Beep Media Player, is a compact media player that was originally forked from XMMS with the goal of porting XMMS
to GTK2 and make use of more modern desktop standards. The original XMMS is based on GTK 1.2, which is now deprecated for roughly 4 years, and was deprecated at the time of the fork for approximately 2 years. This, and the fact that the developers were developing XMMS under a mostly cathedral-style model led M. Derezynski to fork BMP from XMMS.

Current Stable Version :- 0.9.7.1

Project Home Page :- http://sourceforge.net/projects/beepmp/

Install Beep Media Player in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install beep-media-player

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video--->Beep Media Player

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Banshee

Import, organize, play, and share your music using Banshee's simple, powerful interface.Rip CDs, play and sync your iPod, create playlists, and burn audio and MP3 CDs. Most portable music devices are supported.Banshee also has support for podcasting, smart playlists, music recommendations, and much more.

Current Stable Version :-1.4

Project Home Page :- http://banshee-project.org/

Install Banshee in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install banshee

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video--- >Banshee Music Player

Banshee Music Player is loading

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Banshee Music Player Version Details

Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software,designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.

Current Stable Version :- 0.12.5

Project Home Page :- http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/

Install rhythmbox in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video---
>Rhythmbox Music Player

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Rhythmbox Music Player Version Details

Listen

Listen is a Music player and management for GNOME Features: metadata edition, ipod management, audioscrobbler, wikipedia information, lyrics, global statistiques, burn and AudioCD, convert audio file, webradio, lastfm web service, download album cover.

Current Stable Version :- 0.6.3

Project Home Page :- http://www.listen-project.org/

Install Listen Music Player in Ubuntu

For Dapper Users

Edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following lines save and exit the file.

deb http://theli.free.fr/packages/ dapper listen

deb-src http://theli.free.fr/packages/ dapper listen

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install listen

For Hardy,Intrepid,Jaunty,Karmic Users

You need to make sure that universe repositories and use the following command

sudo apt-get install listen

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video---
>Listen Music Player

Listen Music Player is loading

Once it opens you should see the following screen


Listen Music Player Version Details


XMMS

XMMS is a multimedia player for unix systems. XMMS stands for X MultiMedia System and can play media files such as
MP3, MOD's, WAV and others with the use of Input plugins.XMMS is mainly targeted at music playback, but through thirdparty plugins some rudimentary video capabilities exists,but there are much better systems other than XMMS for video support.

Current Stable Version :- 1.2.11

Project Home Page :- http://www.xmms.org/

Install xmms in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install xmms

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video---
>XMMS Music Player

Once it opens you should see the following screen

quod libet

Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player application written using the Python programming language. Its main design
goal is to provide a way for users to organize their music library however they want.One of Quod Libet's unique features is the ability to search and construct playlists based on search terms or regularexpressions. It also scales well, making it ideal for music libraries with thousands of songs. Quod Libet includes a tag editor (also available separately as Ex Falso) which can alter the metadata of groups of files.

Current Stable Version :- 2.1

Project Home Page :- http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/

Install quodlibet in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install quodlibet

This will complete the installation.Now if you want to access this application go to Applications--->Sound&Video---
>Quod Libet

Once it opens you should see the following screen

quod libet Music Player Version Details

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34 Comments to “Ubuntu Media Players OverView”

  1. … and none of them as good as Amarok. Wouldn’t it be great if some of the talented developers on one of the many Gnome audio players pooled their efforts into making one really great rival to Amarok?

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  2. Eric Lake says:

    I think that the Exaile player is pretty nice. It has quite a few nice features. In my opinion it is the closest player to Amarok but doesn’t require the loading of KDE libs on a Gnome desktop to get it to work.

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  3. Armen says:

    you forgot songbird

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  4. Ed says:

    One (very) new player you may want to add here is Songbird – http://www.songbirdnest.com It’s still in pre-release but it looks like the comprehensive and integrated multi-media player that Ubuntu has been waiting for.

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  5. Adam says:

    Thanks, looks like I’ll get Banshee or Amarok.

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  6. Kevin says:

    One of the things that I believe all the above players are missing is the ability to find and delete duplicates. This would be very handy with a large mp3 collection.

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  7. yeu says:

    LISTEN FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. krs says:

    Funny that you list Beep media player, but not their new version that arent at all based on XMMS. The new BMPx as its called is a really good player that will de-throne amarok atleast for the GTK-desktop, and it supports about everything you ever wanted from a player.

    Also Exaile is a very good player if you dont have 3k+ songs, then it starts to slow down.

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  9. Chris says:

    My vote is for Rythmbox, it is the best rival to Amarok that actually works well with Gnome!

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  10. aw says:

    Why doesnt éveryone just put their efforts into 1 or 2 players. Make them work for audio and video, make it a contender to itunes and windows media player then normal non IT people might start to use linux more.

    Thats what I think anyway as I would like everybody to use linux.

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  11. suntime says:

    I agree with “Aw”: if a team of good developers would work on just a few (1-2) apps, all the linux distros would’ve been easier to use and understand for those who are not technical people…

    I prefer linux and the upcoming distros are getting better and better, but still if you are not a technical person, don’t start with linux – otherwise, you’ll get disappointed.

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  12. Bob says:

    I agree with Aw and Suntime… Linux could totally usurp Windoze, if only it were a little more n00b-friendly. I myself am not, but I so wish I could install Ubuntu for pals and family and be confident that they could use it as easily as they do their proprietary OSes. I myself have trouble trying out 15 different media players, just to discover that they all suck in some way. This list at least has given me some focus, so that I can more easily decide which ones to try. I like Win Media player; it has album art and lets me do things fairly intuitively. Which ones will let me easily browse by artist, date, or album, etc? Seems XMMS will only let me play a directory, etc.

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  13. monkey_maffia says:

    Funny that you list Beep media player, but not their new version that arent at all based on XMMS. The new BMPx as its called is a really good player that will de-throne amarok atleast for the GTK-desktop, and it supports about everything you ever wanted from a player

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  14. zika says:

    I’m interested in quality of sound. A mp3 player should give me the best sound possible, not the myriad of options I will never use. Please comment on sound quality, i.e. is there any difference between these aforementioned players. If there is no sound difference why not simply use the Rythmbox that comes with Hardy already?

    Just listen, that’s the point … ;)

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  15. djfake says:

    Audacious is also absent, it’s a fork of Beep. Very extensible and versatile.

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  16. bonito says:

    @Djfake
    thx for your hint!
    I was looking for such a small and easy to use player :o)

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  17. Justin J Stark says:

    Quod Libet is exactly what I have been looking for for ages. If I hadn’t found this page I might not have found it. Thank you.

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  18. anonyme says:

    to add: Exaile

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  19. antu says:

    i want to connect my ubuntu with internet, i can’t use any type of media, how can i do that?

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  20. Jon says:

    Vallen JPegger also plays music and is an image viewer as well ,it’s freeware but no version for Linux so needs Wine to run.

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  21. Evan says:

    Tried them all and Songbird gets my vote!

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  22. Quod Libet, just what i was looking for. Thanks!

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  23. Audacious rocks.. says:

    Audacious was a perfect player that I was looking for! It’s simple yet powerful, highly customizable, and fast.

    I’m very happy that now I don’t have to rely on Amarok anymore..
    One of the worst parts of Amarok for me was the fact that it always added to the playlist if I double-click from nautilus, instead of playing immediately. It was just so “stubborn”.

    Thanks for the post.

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  24. akshay says:

    i use quodlibet to manage and play songs from my library.. library with nearly 30k+ songs quodlibet manages the database very fluently, unlike amarok! its a really great piece of software and works like charm! some features are equalizer presets is missing,. but they’d too be added soon!

    i use audacious to play song instantly, e.g to check out a track i just downloaded! it is quick and lightweight!

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  25. @Author of this article:Will You Please Update Your Useful Post to contain newer *VIDEO*(Especially) Players for GNU/Linux.

    Thanks!

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  26. Rajesh says:

    i think mplayer is the great player for all linux profession level users just like VLC media player in Windows it plays all format videos & audios as well

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  27. Yrvyne says:

    need a player with the same windows media player protocol for internet viewing… nay ideas pls?

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  28. Thanh Ky Quan says:

    @Yrvyne: You can try xbmc

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  29. AlphaX says:

    I think VLC media player is the best all round plays music and video about every file type imaginable, for music management(200 gigs of Mp3′s} my vote is for Quod Libet plus you can edit metadata!

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