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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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ExtractoNightingale 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
Desventajascrashes 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)
ReplayGain option: Album/Track option: radio/album/off modes and preAmp options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modes [plugin] options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modes usual options no options options: pre-ampli and default ampliNo Not seen in preferences...No Not seen in Preferences... option: Album/TrackNo External script - not stable
Transitions options: in and out lenghts, in volume, in start => graphical view :) configurable option: length- Only using unstable "unified" sound engineNoNoNo- Only on Stop options: Transition [NO (blank length) OR YES (length, always OR auto change only OR manual change only). FadeOut [NO OR length]
Gapless configurableNoNo- Only using unstable "unified" sound engine no optionsNoNoNoNoNo
Equalizer Presets & Custom Presets & Custom- 3rd party plugin (not easy to install) Presets & Custom Presets & Custom plugin pluginNo
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)
File Library onlyNoNo Library onlyNo Libary only
Cover NavigatorNo but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNo- Slows down app a lot, but it can be disabledNoNoNo but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNo but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handy
Multiple folders- Yes, but not easy to manage. Use gconf-editor: apps > rhythmbox > library_locationsNoNoNo
Watch folders- can only scan at startup (option) or manually- Only new filesNo plugin- Only startup scan (option) or manual scan- can only scan at startup (option) or manually
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
Dynamic Called "Smart mode": auto-fills queue with a given playlist (you can exclude another playlist too)- But when the queue is empty auto plays a file from the navigator (selected artist/album/genre)- No options !?No- No options !? what source ?
Queue separate window.No separate window.
EditorNo Updates only database, not files. Full-featured
id3 version2.42.4N/A2.42.3??2.3 (default) OR 2.4??2.3??2.4
Auto tag tools MusicBrainz (artist/album names) + covers (Google, Amazon, OR Discogs) + lyrics (several choice) MusicBrainz (audio print) + covers ( With some plugins only- Only convert first letter uppercaseNo cover and metadata (plugins - no options) + BPM detection (built-in) From path only. MusicBrainz, CDDB, cover search plugins- Probably with pluginsNo NOT configurable. No choices displayed. Not handy. MusicBrainz, Filename- MusicBrainz but seems outdated
Scrobbler plugin plugin plugin plugin plugin plugin
Libre.fmNo plugin pluginNo pluginNoNo maybe a plugin
Lyrics many sites many sites- ==> TBD !!!- Lyrics Fly only (does not work well)- Only on a separate window
Biography many sites incl. wikipedia,, ... last.fmNoNo wikipedia Wikipedia wikipedia
Photos- only one from biographyNoNoNoNo- Only one from biography- Only one from biography
Online sources
Online radio pluginNo
PodcastsNoNo pluginNo Balado
Jamendo plugin pluginNoNoNo pluginNo
Magnatune pluginNoNoNoNo pluginNo
Othersicecast, somaFMPlugins: eMusic, Ubuntu One, Amazon, Internet Archive,, Amazon
PluginsNoNo Most features are plugins- Plugin system not very stable
VisualisationsNoNoNoNoNo pluginNo
KaraokeNoNoNo pluginNoNoNoNoNoNo
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) integration OR Custom OSDNo Custom OSD- No OSD, but appears in Volume control (plugin)- No OSD, but appears in Volume controlNo Custom OSD OR Custom OSDNo Custom OSD
Other systems
WindowsNoNo- dev- beta-quality technology previewNoNo- with KDE for Windows (dev)- with KDE for Windows (dev)
macOSNoNo- dev- beta-quality technology previewNoNo- no official supportNo
Detalles técnicos
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-centerNo But a PPA exists on official website Default applicationNo But a debian package exists on official website Using a PPA:
Ubuntu one-click installapt://guayadequeapt://clementineapt://rhythmboxapt://exaileapt://bansheeapt://quodlibetapt://gmusicbrowserapt://listenapt://jajukapt://amarok
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Compare Amarok 1.4 vs Amarok 2.x vs Banshee vs Clementine contre Rhythmbox vs Listen vs aTunes vs Quod Libet
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