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This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on Ask Ubuntu and will be closed per the FAQ.

What media (music and video) players are there?

Please list one piece of software per answer, as per this meta post.

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closed as too broad by Braiam, Eric Carvalho, BuZZ-dEE, Richard, Lucio Apr 1 '14 at 2:29

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A long list of players: – decent May 14 '11 at 0:09

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(Apparently Linux is not an officially supported port of Songbird anymore. You can still get untested nightly build from here, but YMMV)

songbird screenshot

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Since this a community wiki and @user18027 didn't respond, I went ahead and edited it. Feel free to re-edit if you don't agree with my revision. – André Paramés May 23 '11 at 12:30
Whilst Songbird is a great Music Library application the developers of it have stopped making it for Linux. – scouser73 May 23 '11 at 13:26
@scouser73: apparently they still make nightly builds available here, but I'll write a warning on the post. – André Paramés May 23 '11 at 13:58

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Qmmp Install qmmpis a Qt audio player which provides a user interface similar to Winamp or Xmms. It can read almost any audio format such as:

  • MPEG1 layer 2/3
  • Ogg Vorbis
  • Native FLAC/Ogg FLAC
  • WavePack
  • CD Audio
  • WMA, Monkey's Audio (and other formats provided by FFmpeg library)

This player supports a wide range of plugins such as:

DSP effects

  • BS2B effect

  • sample rate conversion

  • LADSPA effects (A very large collection of Open Source DSP plugins)

  • extra stereo

  • crossfade

Also, it's worth noting that Qmmp supports Winamp 2.x skins.

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Although it is a freeware (non open source) windows application, and so require wine to be run, I think that foobar2000 is yet one of the best audio playes out there.

It supports a wide number of formats (MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND and more with additional components).

It has advanced tagging capabilities.

And most important to me, it supports the playing of single-wav-file CDs through CUE sheets to switch between tracks.

Foobar2000 screenshot

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In my experience, for the sole purpose to play something fast and easy with a "right-click/open with..." or by relating certain files to a player, there is also the Dragon Player Which does an awesome and lightweight thus fast work, it can play both video/audio files (mp3/wav/avi/mpg, etc.) and/or discs (CD/VCD/DVD, etc.)

It uses KDE so you may need to install certain dependencies if you are not using KDE and not already installed, afterwards you'll find it fast running on Unity, Gnome and other environments.

It has not a lot of features, which makes of this the cleanest click-to-play media player.

From the site:

A video player with a different philosophy: Simple, uncluttered interface.


  1. Plays all video formats supported by Phonon.
  2. Bundled with a simple web-page KPart.
  3. Starts quickly. This is the KDE 4 version of the Codeine video player.

A screenshot of Dragon Player in action (don't expect to find anything else of which is shown in the screenshot):

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Qmmp Player.

To install the latest version:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

Already mentioned in the other answer.

The GUI can use a skin (Winamp-like, see linked answer) or a 'simple' interface, which in fact has a lot more features, including a file browser, and follows the system theme and icons:

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To switch between these two, set as below and restart player:

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I'd recommend xine, it is in the repository and plays HD content with lower resources than VLC.

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Real Player -

Music and video Player, well known.

Note :Just for i386 architecture.

Real Player screenshot

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