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What media (music and video) players are there?

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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

  • 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. May 23, 2011 at 12:30
  • Whilst Songbird is a great Music Library application the developers of it have stopped making it for Linux.
    – scouser73
    May 23, 2011 at 13:26
  • @scouser73: apparently they still make nightly builds available here, but I'll write a warning on the post. May 23, 2011 at 13:58

XBMC works great on HTPC.

Confluence Skin


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Qmmp Install qmmp

is 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.


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


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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  • in qmmp 1.3.1 fixed current track text color in the qsui plugin (the simple interface): better visibility with current track colored not just bold.
    – cipricus
    Feb 25, 2019 at 7:43

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


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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