I've been thinking about switching to Ubuntu full time, but there are still some programs left behind that I haven't found any equivalent to yet. Does anyone know of a music player similar to Foobar2000 (I've read it doesn't handle well in WINE)?
The strict fact is that there is not another like that - no more in linux than in windows after all. (I mean that Foobar2000 can be used with a such large variety of features/addons that can transform its functions and appearance according to each user's needs. Myself, I use it especially for the "facets" addon to access my media library)
Foobar2000 works in
(what it lacks in Foobar2000-features it compensates in being light and up-to-the-point - the most straightforward and non-bloated music player/handler I have seen until now in Ubuntu).
With File browser plugin:
With Infobar plugin:
to install it:
To install plugins, wich are
On their site they say:
But for Ubuntu it's:
If the player is installed as .deb, it is
For the static portable version it is
Considering problems of incompatibility and other issues in using the plugins, see this related answer
To convert audio files, see this question+answer.
Considering memory use, Deadbeef is much lighter than other players that might be considered foobar-like
(here it's deadbeef 0.5.5 with gtk2 gui. I guess newer versions with gtk3 might be somewhat heavier but still the lightest in that list)
But comming back to Foobar 2000 itself:
But even in this case it looks lighter than very recommandable Ubuntu native players and it is not heavier than it used to be in Windows with the same addons installed.
And what about it's version without manually added addons and naked interface ? It looks extremely light!
But the addons even installed are not active until put to work: for example what would make Foobar2000 heavier than DeaDBeef is adding large data to media library to see in Album List or Facets addon (the image above that shows the use of 92MB of RAM is related to the use of a 270 GB media library.) Except that one, Foobar2000 in Wine is very light even with many addons.
Also, considering the looks of Foobar in Wine, a good method of improving this is:
1. enable font smoothing - fire one after the other these lines in Terminal:
(select third option in terminal)
2. install a windows msstyle file in Wine/Configure Wine/Desktop Integration
3. increase the screen resolution in Wine/Configure Wine/Graphics
It comes to smth like this (but colors and fonts are customizable):
Honestly, I've been in the same position as you for years, looking for a comparable music player to Foobar2K in linux...
MPD & GMPC is good, as is gmusicbrowser... clementine is coming along nicely, but nothing can take the place of foobar for me, and thankfully with the newer builds of wine nothing has too - try installing winepulse from the ppa here https://launchpad.net/~c-korn/+archive/ppa.
Listening to Foobar 1.1.7 on Natty right now, and it runs flawlessly :)
Wikipedia has a Comparison of audio player software which could be helpful.
Amarok seems to be a decent match functionality-wise, but it probably depends on which features are most important to you.
Maybe you are happy with audacious a lightweight skinnable player that can be extended with many plugins.
It is an extremely customizable music player, and should support most of the features you are looking for. I'm not sure if it will match foobar2000 100%, but at least it should fill the gap :)