I like the songbird player very much, and it used to be my only choice for all plataforms, but they have discontinued GNU/linux support for some time now, due to lack of people to help with the linux port.

I would like to know what are the alternatives with similar features and usability out there.

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    Aug 4, 2010 at 21:11

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Banshee is the best. Amazon, ubuntu one, and ITUNES IMPORT plugins to start.


It would be worth keeping an eye on the nightingale project.

They aim to continue to develop and maintain a Songbird version for linux.

  • when nightingale will release a Beta or Stable version, anybody knows?
    – Behzadsh
    Nov 5, 2010 at 18:44

I really like mpd, a music playing daemon. The idea is that you have the daemon running which can play music and you can connect with multiple clients. ario is a nice one, and sonata is a very nice simple one. You even have cli clients if that is your deal(it sure is mine), the best cli one is ncmpcpp, and I agree it's a shitty name

  • mpd has the lowest overhead and resource usage of any music player I've ever used
    – invert
    Aug 5, 2010 at 12:26

Rhythmbox is installed by default (Applications > Sound & Video > Rhythmbox Music Player)
Banshee can be installed from the Software Center (Applications > Ubuntu Software Center) or from the terminal (sudo apt-get install banshee) or if your browser supports apt links: apt:banshee


Clementine Music Player: A very simple yet feature rich music manager.


  • Search and play your local music library
  • Listen to internet radio from Last.fm, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo and Icecast
  • Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists
  • Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX
  • CUE sheet support
  • Visualisations from projectM
  • Lyrics and artist biographies and photos
  • Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC
  • Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music
  • Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz
  • Download missing album cover art from Last.fm
  • Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl)
  • Remote control using a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line
  • Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player

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  • It is really worth emphasising the ProjectM support for anyone that likes visualisations. It uses Milkdrop presets, for anyone that remembers those...
    – ToniWidmo
    Aug 14, 2014 at 15:47

I've become a huge fan of Minitunes. Minimalistic, still lacks advanced functionality, but its premise and direction are fantastic.


My favourite player is Amarok, although it isn't particularly similar to Songbird..


Okay, I misunderstood the question.

I recommend MediaMonkey for managing your music and playback.

Note: MediaMonkey is a Windows application, but according to the website, it runs fine under wine.


If your after something similar to the filter panels found in Songbird and iTunes, Guauadeque is probably more suited to former Songbird user. Works pretty well for me, and is regularly updated. :-)

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