List of Audio/Video players available for GNOME/KDE Users
Alsaplayer is a PCM player designed specifically for use with ALSA, but works great with OSS or EsounD. It's heavily threaded which cuts down on skipping, offers optional and even simultaneous visual scopes, plays mp3, mp2, ogg, cdda, audiofs, and lots more.
This package provides a GTK-based interface to alsaplayer.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.alsaplayer.org/
Latest Stable Version :- 0.99.80
Amarok is a sound system-independent audio-player for Unix. Its interface uses a powerful "browser" metaphor that allows you to create playlists that make the most of your music collection.
Project Homepage :-- http://amarok.kde.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.2
Aqualung is an advanced music player originally targeted at the GNU/Linux operating system, today also running on FreeBSD and OpenBSD, with native ports to Mac OS X and even Microsoft Windows. It plays audio CDs, internet radio streams and podcasts as well as soundfiles in just about any audio format and has the feature of inserting no gaps between adjacent tracks.
Project Homepage :-- http://aqualung.factorial.hu/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.9beta10
Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK2, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs.
Its advanced audio playback engine is considerably more powerful than GStreamer. Audacious is a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which itself forked from XMMS.
Project Homepage :-- http://audacious-media-player.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.1.0
Banshee is an media management and playback application for the GNOME desktop, allowing users to import audio from CDs, search their library, create playlists of selections of their library, sync music to/from iPods and other media devices, play and manage video files and burn selections to a CD.
Project Homepage :-- http://banshee-project.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.4.3
Beep media player
BMP Is a versatile and handy multi platform media player
Project Homepage :-- http://sourceforge.net/projects/beepmp/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.20pre2
Cactus Jukebox is an audio player and music organizing tool. It searches given folders for music files and shows them in a database.
Project Homepage :-- http://cactus.hey-you-freaks.de
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.4.2
cmus is a small and fast text mode music player for Linux and many other UNIX like operating systems.
Project Homepage :-- http://cmus.sourceforge.net/
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.2.0
Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL license) audio player designed for GNU/Linux, which aims at being very straightforward to use by mean of a very clean and user friendly interface. It is especially targeted at Gnome and follows as closely as possible the Gnome HIG.
Project Homepage :-- http://decibel.silent-blade.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.01
Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via Wikipedia, Last.fm scrobbling, support for many portable media players including iPods, internet radio such as shoutcast, and tabbed playlists.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.exaile.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.3.0.1
Freevo is an open source HTPC media centre software integrating PVR / DVR funtionality along with music, video, gaming, home automation and more. It is written in python and uses existing popular software such as mplayer, xine and vlc. Primarily aimed at the Linux platform it is also possible to run on OSX and for the determined on Windows. It is the main mythtv alternative.
Project Homepage :-- http://freevo.sourceforge.net/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.9.0
The Helix Player is an open source media player for Linux, Solaris, and Symbian based on the Helix DNA Client media engine. More operating system versions are currently in development.
Project Homepage :-- https://player.helixcommunity.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 11.0
JuK is a free software audio player for KDE, the default player since KDE 3.2 part of the kdemultimedia package. JuK supports collections of MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC audio files.
Project Homepage :-- http://developer.kde.org/~wheeler/juk.html
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.2
Kaffeine is full featured Media Player for KDE. It supports all kinds of local and network media and digital video broadcasting (DVB). At the moment Kaffeine can use xine-lib or GStreamer as backend.
Project Homepage :-- http://kaffeine.kde.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.0-pre2
Listen is an audio player written in Python. Thanks to it, you can easily organize your music collections.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.listen-project.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.6.3
Mesk is a PyGtk+ audio player that supports multiple playlists and plugins.
Project Homepage :-- http://mesk.nicfit.net/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.3.2
It plays most mpeg, avi and asf files, supported by many native and win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VCD, DVD and even DivX movies too. The other big feature of mplayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, but you can use SDL (and this way all drivers of SDL) and some lowlevel card-specific drivers (for Matrox/3dfx/SiS) too! Most of them supports software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.mplayerhq.hu
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.0rc2
Music Player Daemon (MPD) is a flexible, powerful, server-side application for playing music. Through plugins and libraries it can play a variety of sound files while being controlled by its network protocol.
Project Homepage :-- http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Music_Player_Daemon_Wiki
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.15.4
sonata GTK frontend MPD
mpg123 is a real time MPEG 1.0/2.0/2.5 audio player/decoder for layers 1,2 and 3 (MPEG 1.0 layer 3 aka MP3 most commonly tested). Among others working with Linux, MacOSX, FreeBSD, SunOS4.1.3, Solaris 2.5, HPUX 9.x, SGI Irix and Cygwin or plain MS Windows.
It is free software licensed under LGPL 2.1 (the officially released sources, some files in subversion repository may differ).
Project Homepage :-- http://www.mpg123.de/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.9.1
Muine is an innovative music player. It has a simple interface designed to allow the user to easily construct a playlist from albums and/or single songs. Its goal is to be simply a music player, not to become a robust music management application.
Project Homepage :-- http://muine-player.org/wiki/Main_Page
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.8.11
Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It's designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don't worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports --- Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, Musepack, and MOD.
Project Homepage :-- http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.1
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.
Project Homepage :-- http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.12.5
Songbird is an open-source customizable music player that's under active development.
Project Homepage :- http://www.getsongbird.com/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.2.0
SMPEG GTK+ MPEG audio/video player
SMPEG (SDL MPEG Player Library) is a free MPEG1 video player library with sound support. Video playback is based on the ubiquitous Berkeley MPEG player, mpeg_play v2.2. Audio is played through a slightly modified mpegsound library, part of splay v0.8.2. SMPEG supports MPEG audio (MP3), MPEG-1 video, and MPEG system streams.This package contains a GTK+ player called gtv.
Totem is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on GStreamer. It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation.
Project Homepage :-- http://projects.gnome.org/totem/
Latest Stable Version :-- 2.28
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac ...) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.0
XBMC has gone a long way since its first stable release in 2004. It has evolved from a xbox only application into a sleek cross platform media center that runs on almost anything you throw it at. XBMC has thousands of users, is the mother of many successful derivative projects and commercial spin-offs and is written about in the international press on a regular basis.
Project Homepage :-- http://xbmc.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 9.04.1
Ximp3 is a console music player. It is based on the GPL'ed Xing decoder also used in FreeAmp.
Project Homepage :-- http://matsp888.tripod.com/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.1.15
xine is a free multimedia player. It plays back CDs, DVDs, and VCDs.It also decodes multimedia files like AVI, MOV, WMV, and MP3 from local disk drives, and displays multimedia streamed over the Internet.It interprets many of the most common multimedia formats available – and some of the most uncommon formats, too.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.xine-project.org
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.1.16
XMMS is a legacy GTK+1 music player modeled after Winamp.
Project Homepage :-- http://www.xmms.org/
Latest Stable Version :-- 1.2.11
Youki is the current media player of the MPX Project. Previous media players produced by the team were Beep Media Player, BMPx, and the never officially released audiosource. Youki is a free software media player for most modern Unix operating systems.
Project Homepage :-- http://youki.mp/
Latest Stable Version :-- 0.05.2
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