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What media (music and video) players are there?

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UMPlayer

http://www.umplayer.com/

Front end for MPlayer, well designed, allowing on the fly skins and well set out preferences including editable shortcuts. Similar to KMPlayer on Windows. Available in Ubuntu Software Centre.

umplayer default skin umplayer modern skin

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Wait... that's a Windows screenshot... –  user10962 Apr 26 at 17:30

VLC Media Player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Features:

  • Simple, fast and powerful media player.

  • Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.

  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...

  • Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix...

  • Completely Free, 0 spyware, 0 ads and no user tracking.

  • Can do media conversion and streaming.

From the VLC media player home page.

Install via the software center

I was using it the other day to play back 3 720p videos simultaneously on a 1 1/2 year old HP notebook. Performance was flawless.

Very advanced customizations/settings.

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Separate window that includes playlist, file browser, external devices and local network access, internet features (radios, postacasts, Freebox TV channels for registered users)

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(Using skins reduces the easy access to some of these features.)

VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files. (from Wikipedia)

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It can use extensions, plugins and skins - to be downloaded from addons.videolan.org.

Among these, some that can find movie subtitles. (More answers on this: here and here.)

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The best player for any platform. Can't live without it. VLC. –  Owais Lone Jul 31 '10 at 5:28

New player arrived , named as Qmmp Player.

to install that , open your terminal and do as

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

Features:

  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 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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Smplayer : Great Qt4 GUI front-end for mplayer

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube

Can download subtitles

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Beatbox is the music player under active development for the ElementaryOS project.

It offers:

  • Automatic and manually arranged playlists
  • Last.fm support (scrobbler + similar tracks)
  • A play queue
  • An Equalizer with presets and custom settings support
  • A slick interface with 3 views

Beatbox Screenshot

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XBMC works great on HTPC.

Confluence Skin

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There is GNOME MPlayer, a GTK+ frontend to MPlayer. Among its features are support for hardware acceleration and subtitles.

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@ulidtko: no, there's Gnome Media Player, which is a different project. –  André Paramés May 22 '11 at 4:22

(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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A nice and interesting media player: Gmusicbrowser. Its web describes it as:

An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac/mpc/ape files, written in perl.

It has a nice GUI. The default view shows the artists and bands from your collection and for the selected item it shows the list of albums including a thumbnail of the coverart (if available). It also offers themes so that it looks like Exaile, QuodLibet or Rhythmbox.

Gmusicbrowser screenshot

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GNOME Media Player - https://launchpad.net/gnome-media-player

This media player supports the vlc, xine and GStreamer engines for playing media. Since some file formats play well only on a certain engine, this media player was made with 3 engines, so that the user can select the required engine required for playing a particular file type. It also has an engine auto select mode, in which the player automatically selects the best engine for the particular type of file being played.

GNOME media player screenshot

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Foobnix

http://www.foobnix.com/welcome?lang=en

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Main features player

  • Support for CUE (also wv, iso.wv) is the best under Linux (zavlab)
  • Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND ...
  • Converter any format to any (mp3, ogg, mp2, ac3, m4a, wav)
  • Scrobbler tags with music and radio
  • Find and play music and videos
  • Equalizer
  • Online music download manager
  • Shortcuts
  • Displays the album cover, lyrics, photo artist
  • Integration with VKontakte (displaying all the friends and their music, downloading music from the group vkontakte)
  • Integration with Last.FM (Show plays the best songs, favorite songs, artists)

and great support for russian tags :-)

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Bluemindo : http://bluemindo.codingteam.net/

Bluemindo Ubuntu Packages: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=bluemindo

Bluemindo is a really simple yet powerful audio player in Python/PyGTK, using GStreamer.

Bluemindo screenshot

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Real Player - http://uk.real.com/realplayer/other-versions

Music and video Player, well known.

Note :Just for i386 architecture.

Real Player screenshot

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Guayadeque - http://guayadeque.org/forums/index.php?p=/wiki/page/home

Another great music playing application, constant updates from the author who does all of the work himself, and takes on board suggestions from users.

Guayadeque screenshot

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Quod Libet - http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/

I have never heard of this player before.

Quod Libet screenshot

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You make this answer yet say you've never heard of this player before... –  Oxwivi May 14 '11 at 16:18

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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Miro: http://www.getmiro.com/

It may be more of a podcatcher (or at least started off as one) that even supports bittorrent but it does play media as well.

Miro screenshot

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Bangarang Media Player - http://gitorious.org/bangarang

Offers a media—audio and video—player with a lightweight interface

Bangarang screenshot

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Boxee - http://www.boxee.tv

It's a media center (in my opinion the best there is) for Linux, Windows and Mac. It supports lots of video / music portals as well as DVD, CD and local media in general.

It's currently not available in the Software center but I listed an idea on getsatisfaction: http://getsatisfaction.com/boxee/topics/add_boxee_to_the_ubuntu_software_center

Available for 32 bit and 64 bit as a *.deb file.

Boxee screenshot

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Totem comes as standard on Ubuntu.

Totem screenshot

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It's name is Totem! - find it here: bit.ly/kmI2nx –  B. Roland May 13 '11 at 16:15

Audacious - http://audacious-media-player.org/

Apparently this is a very lightweight player that can apparently use Winamp skins.

Audacious screenshot

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Banshee - http://banshee.fm/

Having used several media players for my large music collection I have found this to be the best so far.

Banshee screenshot

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Clementine Music Player - http://www.clementine-player.org/

Clementine is a multiplatform music player. It is inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing music.

Clementine screenshot

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Tested many media players before and still stuck on Winamp with no real solution for Ubuntu. Clementine import my music awesomely fast compared to amarok. Neat GUI. Important feature configurable (like behavior when double click on album). Powerful tag edition embedded. I am a fan. Thank you. you made my day –  Ugo May 13 '11 at 22:32

Rhythmbox - http://rhythmbox.sourceforge.net/

Another contender for managing your music library, I have found it to be a bit cumbersome when tagging mp3 also it does not like to handle a large library (yet again that is my opinion).

Rhythmbox screenshot

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Exaile Player - http://www.exaile.org/

Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python

Exaile screenshot

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This is only a client for mpd, but I had to post it: ncmpcpp. Fast, nice features (library, automated lyrics download, playlists manager, tag editor), and can be used without X.

ncmpcpp screenshot

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