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Linux Open Source Audio Players


Comparing open source audio players with a library management running on Linux systems.

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NightingaleGuayadequeXBMCClementineRhythmboxExaileBansheeQuod LibetgmusicbrowserListenJaJukaTunesAmarok 2.xAmarok 1.4
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ExtraktNightingale chirps your favorite tunes! A beautiful interface with a wide range of supported audio formats, all with multi-platform support! [Notye: Songbird's fork ! (now that Songbrid's development is closed on Linux)]Guayadeque is a music management program designed for all music enthusiasts. It is Full Featured Linux media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the Gstreamer media frameworkXBMC is an open source digital media hub designed to be a media player for the living-room TV. Its graphical user interface allows to easily manage video, photos, podcasts... using a remote control.A cross-platform music player inspired by Amarok 1.4An integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes.A music player and manager written in Python. It incorporates automatic fetching of album art, lyrics fetching, scrobbling, support for tabbed playlists, many portable media players, internet radio such as shoutcast.A music and video player which can manage your podcasts, Internet radio and keep your portable device loaded with good stuff.An audio player designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do.An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac/mpc/ape files, written in perl.A music management and audio player for GNOMEOrganizes and plays music. It is a full-featured application geared towards advanced users with large or scattered music collections.A full-featured audio player and manager, developed in JavaAn audio player with many exciting features
Nachteilecrashes too often (on my PC at least) :(
Reviewed version1.11.1 (Ubuntu 12.04)0.3.1-1639 (Ubuntu 11.10)0.7.1 (Ubuntu 11.10)2.90.1 (Ubuntu 11.10) (Ubuntu 11.10)2.2.0 (Ubuntu 11.10)2.3.2 (Ubuntu 12.04)1.1.9 (Ubuntu 12.04)0.6.5 (Ubuntu 11.04)1.9.1 (Ubuntu 11.04)2.0.1 (Ubuntu 11.04)2.5.0 (Ubuntu 12.04)1.4.10 (Ubuntu 11.04)
ReplayGainJa option: Album/TrackJa option: radio/album/off modes and preAmpJa options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modesJa [plugin] options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modesJa usual optionsJa no optionsJa options: pre-ampli and default ampliJaNein Not seen in preferences...Nein Not seen in Preferences...Ja option: Album/TrackNein External script - not stable
TransitionsJa options: in and out lenghts, in volume, in start => graphical view :)Ja configurableJa option: length- Only using unstable "unified" sound engineNeinNeinNeinJaJa- Only on StopJa options: Transition [NO (blank length) OR YES (length, always OR auto change only OR manual change only). FadeOut [NO OR length]
GaplessJa configurableNeinNein- Only using unstable "unified" sound engineJa no optionsNeinNeinNeinNeinNein
EqualizerJa Presets & CustomJa Presets & Custom- 3rd party plugin (not easy to install)Ja Presets & CustomJa Presets & CustomJa pluginJaJa pluginNeinJaJa
Mode de navigationMany and configurable (you can save display presets): Chained lists (configurable) AND/OR TreeView (many modes) AND/OR sources ...TreeView (up to 3 levels among album, artist, albumartist, genre, year, filetype, albumyear, composer)Chained lists (Limited to Artist/Album OR Genre/Artist OR Genre/Artist/Album)TreeView (Limited to Artist, Album, Genre/Artist, Genre/Album, Year/Artist, Year/Album, Artist/Year-Album)Chained lists (Artist/Album only), but album can be displayed as text or image (by default)Chained lists (Grouping/Genre/Artist/Album)Many CONFIGURABLE modes !! Check it outChained lists (Artist/Album OR Genre/Artist OR Genre/Artist/Album)TreeView (Artist/Album OR Genre/Artist/Album OR Album OR Year/Artist/Album OR FileSystem)TreeView (up to 3 levels among album, artist, genre, artistalbum, composer, label)TreeView (up to 3 levels among album, artist, genre, year, albumyear, composer, label)
FileJaJa Library onlyNeinJaNeinJaJa Library onlyNeinJa Libary onlyJaJa
Cover NavigatorJaNein but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNeinJa- Slows down app a lot, but it can be disabledJaJaNeinNeinNein but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNein but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handy
Multiple foldersJaJa- Yes, but not easy to manage. Use gconf-editor: apps > rhythmbox > library_locationsJaNeinNeinJaNeinJaJaJaJa
Watch folders- can only scan at startup (option) or manuallyJa- Only new filesNeinJa plugin- Only startup scan (option) or manual scan- can only scan at startup (option) or manuallyJaJaJa
StatisticsplayCounter, lastPlayed, added, ratingplayCounter, lastPlayed, score, rating, skippedCounterplayCounter, lastPlayed, added, ratingplayCounter, lastPlayed, added, ratingplayCounter, lastPlayed, score, rating, skippedCounter, lastSkippedDateplayCounter, added, lastPlayed, skippedCounter, ratingplayCounter, lastPlayed, score, rating, skippedCounter, lastSkippedDateplayCounter, lastPlayed, addedplayCounter, lastPlayed, firstPlayed, score (optional), rating (optional)playCounter, lastPlayed, score (optional), rating (optional), added
DynamicJa Called "Smart mode": auto-fills queue with a given playlist (you can exclude another playlist too)Ja- But when the queue is empty auto plays a file from the navigator (selected artist/album/genre)- No options !?JaNeinJa- No options !? what source ?JaJa
QueueJaJa separate window.JaNeinJaJaJaJaJaJa separate window.
EditorJaJaNein Updates only database, not files.JaJaJa Full-featuredJaJaJaJaJa
id3 version2.42.4N/A2.42.3??2.3 (default) OR 2.4??2.3??2.4
Auto tag toolsJa MusicBrainz (artist/album names) + covers (Google, Amazon, OR Discogs) + lyrics (several choice)Ja MusicBrainz (audio print) + covers ( With some plugins only- Only convert first letter uppercaseNein cover and metadata (plugins - no options) + BPM detection (built-in)Ja From path only. MusicBrainz, CDDB, cover search plugins- Probably with pluginsNeinJa NOT configurable. No choices displayed. Not handy.Ja MusicBrainz, Filename- MusicBrainz but seems outdated
Last.fmJaJaJa pluginJa pluginJa pluginJa pluginJa pluginJaJa plugin
Libre.fmJaNeinJa pluginJa pluginNeinJa pluginNeinJaNein maybe a plugin
LyricsJa many sitesJa many sites- ==> TBD !!!- Lyrics Fly only (does not work well)- Only on a separate windowJaJaJaJa
BiographyJa last.fmJa many sites incl. wikipedia,, ...Ja last.fmNeinNeinJaJa wikipediaJa WikipediaJa wikipedia
Photos- only one from biographyJaNeinNeinNeinNein- Only one from biographyJa- Only one from biography
Online sources
Online radioJaJaJaJaJa pluginJaNeinJaJaJa
PodcastsJaJaNeinJaNeinJa pluginJaNeinJa BaladoJaJaJa
JamendoJaJaJa pluginJa pluginNeinNeinNeinJa pluginJaNein
MagnatuneJaJaJa pluginNeinNeinNeinNeinJa pluginJaNein
Othersicecast, somaFMPlugins: eMusic, Ubuntu One, Amazon, Internet Archive,, Amazon
PluginsNeinNeinJa Most features are pluginsJaJaJaJaJa- Plugin system not very stable
VisualisationsNeinJaNeinNeinNeinNeinJa pluginNeinJa
KaraokeNeinNeinNeinJa pluginNeinNeinJaNeinNeinNeinNein
ExclusiveConfigurable Web links, commands and "copy To". Configurable shortcuts.Wii Remote control, TranscoderAdd. 3rd plugins exist. Check website. Not always easy to install.Video, BPM computing (plugin), import Rhythmbox, AmaroK, iTunes (plugin), Audio books (plugin),Regex-based search. Tag editing allows to edit all kind of tags, though not that user-friendly.Interface highly customizable. ReplayGain analysis.?
Global shortcutsGnome Multimédia shortcutsGnome multimedia shortcuts OR configurable shortcuts==> TBD !!!Gnome multimedia shortcuts (plugin)Multimedia shortcuts (plugin - not reviewed yet ==> TBD)Gnome multimedia shortcutsConfigurable, homemade?"Win"+ shortcuts by default. Configurable. Did not manage to make multimedia keyboard to work."Win"+ shortcuts by default. Configurable. Did not manage to make multimedia keyboard to work.
Ubuntu (gnome) integrationJaJa OR Custom OSDJaNein Custom OSD- No OSD, but appears in Volume control (plugin)- No OSD, but appears in Volume controlNein Custom OSDJa OR Custom OSDNein Custom OSD
Other systems
WindowsNeinJaJaNein- dev- beta-quality technology previewJaNeinNeinJaJa- with KDE for Windows (dev)- with KDE for Windows (dev)
macOSNeinJaJaNein- dev- beta-quality technology previewJaNeinNeinJaJa- no official supportNein
Technische Daten
Programming languageC++ (wxWidgets)C++, PythonC++ (Qt)CPython (GTK+)Mono C# (Gtk#)Python (GTK+)PerlPythonJavaJavaC++ (Qt)C++ (Qt)
DatabaseSqlite (~/.guayadeque/guayadeque.db)Sqlite (~/.xbmc/userdata/Database/MyMusic7.db)Sqlite (~/.config/Clementine/clementine.db)XML (~/.local/share/rhythmbox/rhythmdb.xml)Exaile's custom binary file (~/.local/share/exaile/music.db)Sqlite (~/.config/banshee_1/banshee.db)Custom, non-relational binary file (~/.quodlibet/songs)Custom INI/Tab separated file (~/.config/gmusicbrowser/gmbrc)Undefined, maybe "proprietary" binary file ? (~/.config/listen/songs.db)XML (~/.jajuk/collection.xml)XML (~/.atunes/repository.xml)Sqlite (default) (~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/collection.db) or MySQL (on demand)MySQL or Sqlite (~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/collection.db)
Static Playlistsin database (how?)XSPF (XML) in ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok/playlists/
Dynamic PlaylistsN/A
Smart Playlistsin database (how ?)
Enginegstreamergstreamergstreamergstreamer. What is "Unified" one ? ==> TBD !!!gstreamergstreamer OR mpg321/ogg123/flac123/amixer OR mplayermplayer for all environments, xine for Linux systemsgstreamerxine
id3 libraryTagLibTagLibN/A==> TBD !!!taglib-sharphomemade (done by gmusicbrowser author)JAudiotagger==> TBD !!!TagLib
Ubuntu software-centerJaNein But a PPA exists on official websiteJaJaJaJa Default applicationJaJaJaJaNein But a debian package exists on official websiteJaJa Using a PPA:
Ubuntu one-click installapt://guayadequeapt://clementineapt://rhythmboxapt://exaileapt://bansheeapt://quodlibetapt://gmusicbrowserapt://listenapt://jajukapt://amarok
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