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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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ExtraitNightingale 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
Inconvénientscrashes too often (on my PC at least) :(
Version testée1.11.1 (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)
ReplayGainOui option: Album/TrackOui option: radio/album/off modes and preAmpOui options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modesOui [plugin] options: pre-ampli and Radio/Album modesOui usual optionsOui no optionsOui options: pre-ampli and default ampliOuiNon Not seen in preferences...Non Not seen in Preferences...Oui option: Album/TrackNon External script - not stable
TransitionsOui options: in and out lenghts, in volume, in start => graphical view :)Oui configurableOui option: length- Only using unstable "unified" sound engineNonNonNonOuiOui- Only on StopOui options: Transition [NO (blank length) OR YES (length, always OR auto change only OR manual change only). FadeOut [NO OR length]
GaplessOui configurableNonNon- Only using unstable "unified" sound engineOui no optionsNonNonNonNonNon
EqualizerOui Presets & CustomOui Presets & Custom- 3rd party plugin (not easy to install)Oui Presets & CustomOui Presets & CustomOui pluginOuiOui pluginNonOuiOui
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)
FileOuiOui Library onlyNonOuiNonOuiOui Library onlyNonOui Libary onlyOuiOui
Cover NavigatorOuiNon but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNonOui- Slows down app a lot, but it can be disabledOuiOuiNonNonNon but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handyNon but there is a cover manager that can replace, though not handy
Library Multiple foldersOuiOui- Yes, but not easy to manage. Use gconf-editor: apps > rhythmbox > library_locationsOuiNonNonOuiNonOuiOuiOuiOui
Watch folders- can only scan at startup (option) or manuallyOui- Only new filesNonOui plugin- Only startup scan (option) or manual scan- can only scan at startup (option) or manuallyOuiOuiOui
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
DynamicOui Called "Smart mode": auto-fills queue with a given playlist (you can exclude another playlist too)Oui- But when the queue is empty auto plays a file from the navigator (selected artist/album/genre)- No options !?OuiNonOui- No options !? what source ?OuiOui
QueueOuiOui separate window.OuiNonOuiOuiOuiOuiOuiOui separate window.
EditorOuiOuiNon Updates only database, not files.OuiOuiOui Full-featuredOuiOuiOuiOuiOui
id3 version2.42.4N/A2.42.3??2.3 (default) OR 2.4??2.3??2.4
Auto tag toolsOui MusicBrainz (artist/album names) + covers (Google, Amazon, OR Discogs) + lyrics (several choice)Oui MusicBrainz (audio print) + covers ( With some plugins only- Only convert first letter uppercaseNon cover and metadata (plugins - no options) + BPM detection (built-in)Oui From path only. MusicBrainz, CDDB, cover search plugins- Probably with pluginsNonOui NOT configurable. No choices displayed. Not handy.Oui MusicBrainz, Filename- MusicBrainz but seems outdated
Last.fmOuiOuiOui pluginOui pluginOui pluginOui pluginOui pluginOuiOui plugin
Libre.fmOuiNonOui pluginOui pluginNonOui pluginNonOuiNon maybe a plugin
LyricsOui many sitesOui many sites- ==> TBD !!!- Lyrics Fly only (does not work well)- Only on a separate windowOuiOuiOuiOui
BiographyOui last.fmOui many sites incl. wikipedia,, ...Oui last.fmNonNonOuiOui wikipediaOui WikipediaOui wikipedia
Photos- only one from biographyOuiNonNonNonNon- Only one from biographyOui- Only one from biography
Online sources
Online radioOuiOuiOuiOuiOui pluginOuiNonOuiOuiOui
PodcastsOuiOuiNonOuiNonOui pluginOuiNonOui BaladoOuiOuiOui
JamendoOuiOuiOui pluginOui pluginNonNonNonOui pluginOuiNon
MagnatuneOuiOuiOui pluginNonNonNonNonOui pluginOuiNon
Othersicecast, somaFMPlugins: eMusic, Ubuntu One, Amazon, Internet Archive,, Amazon
PluginsNonNonOui Most features are pluginsOuiOuiOuiOuiOui- Plugin system not very stable
VisualisationsNonOuiNonNonNonNonOui pluginNonOui
KaraokeNonNonNonOui pluginNonNonOuiNonNonNonNon
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) integrationOuiOui OR Custom OSDOuiNon Custom OSD- No OSD, but appears in Volume control (plugin)- No OSD, but appears in Volume controlNon Custom OSDOui OR Custom OSDNon Custom OSD
Other systems
WindowsNonOuiOuiNon- dev- beta-quality technology previewOuiNonNonOuiOui- with KDE for Windows (dev)- with KDE for Windows (dev)
macOSNonOuiOuiNon- dev- beta-quality technology previewOuiNonNonOuiOui- no official supportNon
Détails techniques
Langage de programmationC++ (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-centerOuiNon But a PPA exists on official websiteOuiOuiOuiOui Default applicationOuiOuiOuiOuiNon But a debian package exists on official websiteOuiOui Using a PPA:
Ubuntu one-click installapt://guayadequeapt://clementineapt://rhythmboxapt://exaileapt://bansheeapt://quodlibetapt://gmusicbrowserapt://listenapt://jajukapt://amarok
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Comparing open source audio players with a library management running on Linux systems.
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