I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and am looking for a music player (banshee, rhythmbox or other) which can display the music files and folders as-is and not organized by artist/album/genre or some other field. I tried out banshee and rhythmbox and could not figure how to.

Btw, the music I have is not labeled and is just organized in different folders.


As I know there a couple of terminal based players that can do this. Refer this similar question in Superuser.



You can use Sonata, GTK+ client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD), which can show you music in it library as it is stored in your computer folder-wise.

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Here is how to install and configure Sonata

You can also search in library using Artist,Title, Album,Genre,Filename or Everything

You can also use guayadeque:

Install guayadeque by sudo apt-get install guayadeque.


Use VLC. sudo apt-get install vlc.

Then go to "tools->"preferences". Under interface, there is a 'playlist' section at the bottom. Check 'Display playlist tree' then restart VLC.

Under "media", select "open directory" and choose the directory you want. The playlist will display all the music files by directory and you can minimise or maximize a directory.

You can even open totally unrelated directories, even partitions apart and VLC will categorize them by folder.

See screenshots below:

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