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RAV TUX
July 16th, 2006, 02:06 AM
excuse me for asking, but I cannot find "Listen" anywhere, could someone post a link to the project website?

EDIT: I finally got rid of my windows OS in favour of linux Ubuntu which is really working for me, except I find that it really missing a program like media monkey wich can retrieve missing tag info, update album art, and organize my music collection.
I am really picky about my music collection being in good condition with as many of the files as possible having complete tag info (+Artwork of course!) any know anything that works as like this, I used to use a combination of iTunes and Mediamonkey to keep all my files in good shape...



What you need is more Cowbell

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http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Main_Page

Introducing Cowbellhttp://img135.imageshack.us/img135/5458/ferrellgc0.gif (http://imageshack.us)

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Do you ever pull your hair out trying to hand-edit all your tags with some arcane editor? Tell your inner OCD to take a hike because Cowbell is coming to town.
Cowbell is an elegant music organizer intended to make keeping your collection tidy both fun and easy.
Infused with Amazon Web Services SOAP-fu, Cowbell can whip your music platoon into shape without even getting your boots muddy. And, if that isn't enough to make you want to rush to the Download (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Download) link, Cowbell can also snatch album art and rename your music like a pro.
Your music. Your Way

Do you have an expansive collection of 90's era experimental polka rivaling only museums? How do you keep it tidy? Chances are, it involves a considerable amount of hand-editing, a smidgen of bash, or a smattering of expletives to complete -- and who has time for all of it anyway?
Cowbell was designed around the principle "Your music. Your way"; why should you have to conform to arbitrary guidelines set by sadistic software programmers just to clean up your music? Instead, with Cowbell, what was a tag editor becomes a music organizer and an enabler, allowing you to collect and organize your tunes any way you want.
Dive Right In

Cowbell's easy-to-use interface allows new users to dive right in to music organization. In fact, its so easy that following Cowbell's 3-step guide, entitled Cowbell, By the Numbers (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Cowbell%2C_By_the_Numbers), can get you organizing like a pro in no time. Don't think its possible? Try it out! I think you'll be surprised how easy tagging can be.
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Create an Account or Log In (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&returnto=Main_Page)

Downloading

Cowbell is available for most current Linux distributions including, but not limited to:
Ubuntu Breezy (http://packages.ubuntu.com/breezy/sound/cowbell)/Dapper (http://packages.ubuntu.com/dapper/sound/cowbell)
Debian Etch (http://packages.debian.org/testing/sound/cowbell)/Sid (http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/cowbell)
Fedora Core 4 (http://www.nrpms.net/Packages/fedora-4-i386/mono/cowbell.html)
FreeBSD (http://www.freshports.org/audio/cowbell/)
Gentoo (http://packages.gentoo.org/packages/?category=media-sound;name=cowbell)Note that these packages aren't maintained by this project, so your mileage may vary.
If your distribution doesn't package Cowbell, you'll probably have to install Cowbell from source. Step-by-step instructions are available (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Installing_from_Source).
Also, if you just want to grab a source tarball, check out the Releases (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Releases) page.

What is Cowbell?

Cowbell is an elegant, album-based, music organizer written by Brad Taylor (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/User:Brad) in C# for Gtk+. Using TagLib (http://developer.kde.org/%7Ewheeler/taglib.html), it supports many audio formats including:
Ogg/FLAC
MP3
MusePack (http://www.musepack.net/)Cowbell is tightly integrated with Amazon.com (http://amazon.com/) using its free SOAP service. Cowbell employs this service not only to fetch album cover images, as most tag editors do, but also in combination with intelligent algorithms to "guess" the appropriate song information from song titles. It can also cache these cover images in the same directory where that album resides.
Going above and beyond the call of tagging, Cowbell also can rename your files based upon a user-configurable pattern (More detail on how to use this feature is covered in the Advanced Guide (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Advanced_Guide)) and also export a M3U/PLS playlist of your songs in album-order.
For you console junkies, Cowbell also offers a command-line based batch tagger which can tag and "guess" a whole collection of music with just a few keystrokes.
And, to top it all off, Cowbell is fully internationalized and has been translated into German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish. If you know another language and would like to translate Cowbell, please contact us (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Help).
If you'd like to know a little more about this wiki, check out our Colophon (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Colophon).

Help!

If you are confused with how to use Cowbell, take a gander at one of our very helpful guides:
Cowbell, By the Numbers (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Cowbell%2C_By_the_Numbers) -- a 3-step guide to help you jump right into organizing your music.
Advanced Guide (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Advanced_Guide) -- an advanced guide which takes you on a whirlwind tour of Cowbell's various advanced features.
Frequently Asked Questions (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Frequently_Asked_Questions) -- a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.If you need additional help with installing, configuring or running Cowbell, there are several support methods available.
You can send a message to the Cowbell Mailing List (http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/cowbell-list),
You can ask a question on the Cowbell IRC channel; #cowbell on GIMPNet (http://www.xach.com/gimpnet).
Or, you can always email me (brad@getcoded.net) with any questions, comments or suggestions.If you want to contribute to Cowbell, check out the Hacking (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Hacking) page.
Or, if you would like to request a feature, look at the Feature Request (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Feature_Request) page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why don't you support MusicBrainz? Its new, cool and buzzword compliant!

Cowbell was originally written for MusicBrainz (and in fact, the code is still all there for it), but I found it to have the following flaws:

TRM generation is way, way, way too slow (on the order of 30s per song on a reasonably fast machine).
Matches returned by an untuned TunePimp are often quite numerous (with my music collection, MusicBrainz returns on average about 10 matches per song) and as such, the user has to hand-pick the correct match (defeating the whole purpose).
Often, MB doesn't return the correct match or any match at all, despite having the same Artist/Album/Song Title or similar TRMs in the the database.
The order of commands required to get the data from the database is _black magic_. Even though the API is publicly advertised and the code is open source, the samples provided are so basic to not be useful and the only more sophisticated examples are applications written by the primary MusicBrainz developer, Robert Kaye. This does not speak volumes for the quality of the API. However, I am slightly biased since it took me almost a month and a half to write proper C# bindings due to poor documentation and confusing code comments.
I had plans to revive the MusicBrainz code that I wrote at some point, but to be truthful, the work that I've contorted Amazon into doing works fantastically for my music collection, so I have little motivation to dive into the depths of hellfire again.
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I've heard Entagged support is on the way -- where is it and why can't I use it?

Entagged support is planned once entagged-sharp has completed the port of the writing code. This may take a while, but we'll have a version out the second they finish.
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Does Cowbell work on Windows?

As of yet, no. I've made a few attempts to compile TagLib on Windows and was unsuccessful getting the C wrapper to work. However, once we integrate Entagged, we should be completely cross-platform.
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What are all your release names based on, and why "More Cowbell"?

More Cowbell was a Saturday Night Live (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php?title=Saturday_Night_Live&action=edit) skit hosted by Christopher Walken (http://more-cowbell.org/index.php/Christopher_Walken). Walken plays a record producer (Bruce Dickenson) on a show called "Behind the Music: Blue Oyster Cult" who is assisting the production of the song "Don't Fear the Reaper." A full transcript is available (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/99/99pcowbell.phtml) as well as a video (http://www.milkandcookies.com/links/12491/) of the famed skit. All the release names are taken from that transcript.
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arekmenner
July 16th, 2006, 04:43 PM
I just configured Rhythmbox after using XMMS for a while.
XMMS didn't appear to have a library of any kind (I could be wrong, somebody tell me if I am >_<), unlike Winamp at this point.
So, I switched over to Rhythmbox, which is nice for Gnome. The library is just about as good as I need.

syxbit
July 19th, 2006, 05:43 AM
i love "listen"
it's a lot like rythmnbox, only better

FISHERMAN
July 19th, 2006, 07:31 AM
Quod Libet and Exaile!

bluenova
July 19th, 2006, 09:28 AM
Cowbell is nice, but it's silly that you can only work with albums in directories. I have all my music in one folder and let Amarok (or which ever player) organise my albums by the album tag. So it doesn't work for me.

pchr
July 19th, 2006, 01:22 PM
RE Cowbell. Not heard of the one, quite like the idea that it respects your own organisation skills though so might take a look at that.

gabaug
July 23rd, 2006, 06:57 AM
My main problem with Banshee comes up with smart playlists and its tagging support. Its smart playlists are still fairly dumb and don't always follow the rules you set for them. Hopefully that gets fixed before 0.11 gets released.

Are smart playlists still not working for you? Please file a bug report (http://bugzilla.gnome.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=banshee) for Banshee under the Smart Playlists component if they aren't.

ericesque
July 24th, 2006, 01:22 AM
One last clearification on the AudioScrobbler topic,

What is Last.fm exactly? Is it a paid site? Suppose I could take a look, but it seems like work-- and having the answer in thread may save someone else time as well.

ericesque
July 24th, 2006, 05:29 AM
Okay, so I even checked out the website and still can't tell what exactly the 'feature' of it is. So I can let other people see what I'm listening to and they can tell me what they are listening to... Can I actually listen to the music they are? Do I have to pay? Despite Last.fm's 2.0 webbiness, it fails to really convey what the service does!

FISHERMAN
July 24th, 2006, 06:12 AM
Okay, so I even checked out the website and still can't tell what exactly the 'feature' of it is. So I can let other people see what I'm listening to and they can tell me what they are listening to... Can I actually listen to the music they are? Do I have to pay? Despite Last.fm's 2.0 webbiness, it fails to really convey what the service does!

There used to be a free Player for GNU/Linux so you could listen to radio stations that match your taste.
But the GNU/linux version seems to have stopped.
http://www.last.fm/tools/downloads/
Don't know the exact truth though.

bullon
July 24th, 2006, 08:14 AM
definately quod libet! it lets you browse your library by playlist, album, artist, or simply view the location of your files (ie show them as they are organized on your disk). with plugins you can also download albumart and burn playlists with k3b. I tried rythmbox, banshee and muine... and wasn't ever as satisfied as with quod libet

Kvark
July 24th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Streamtuner + MPD + GMPC

I like this arrangement because when I fire up Streamtuner and spend a few minutes looking for a new stream to listen to I'm like a kid in a candystore with thousands of raido channels in one place. But when I have found a new stream I close Streamtuner and do other things for hours while listening to the stream. The only thing left is the tiny GMPC tray icon that tells me what songs are being played and provides playback control but takes up as little space as possible and stays as far out of my way as possible.

I guess it would be easier to use a player that can be minimized to tray but with MPD plus the GMPC icon it doesn't matter how resource hungry your player is since it's only running when you are changing channels/playlists. But then again Streamtuner isn't hungry at all so I guess it doesn't matter in my case.

simonn
July 24th, 2006, 11:52 AM
I use XMMS and SlimServer/SoftSqueeze/SqueezeBox.

XMMS seems to be the only music player that can shuffle a whole directory tree without requiring some kind of library with loads of metadata here there and everywhere e.g. rhythm box, iTunes etc.

The SqueezeBox/SoftSqueeze/Slimserver is awesome. All the music in the household in one location of our network, but playable on any PC on our network (and our SqueezeBox of course) or even all of them at once, in sync.

Christmas
July 24th, 2006, 12:19 PM
Amarok here, all the way, it just rocks.

Sonab
July 24th, 2006, 12:49 PM
MPD with Pygmy.
It does it's job, with or without X running :)

BuffaloX
July 24th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Totem because it's the only one that works with my samba drives without mounting.

No players meets my wishes yet.

APE support
multiband compressor
crossfader
silence removal
Disable medialibrary or no media library
drag and drop support from nautilus
works from samba network drives without mounting.

All players fail on 3 points or more.
QMP does all this, but that's in Windows.:rolleyes:

ericesque
July 26th, 2006, 08:07 AM
grr. still no idea what exaclty Last.fm is! It's quickly becoming a useless feature for me.

bluenova
July 26th, 2006, 08:22 AM
grr. still no idea what exaclty Last.fm is! It's quickly becoming a useless feature for me.
It keeps track of the music you listen to, so that you can find groups and individuals with simlar tastes, and also to get personal radio stations according to your taste.

dontodd
August 12th, 2006, 03:37 AM
Muine!

Carrots171
August 12th, 2006, 07:35 AM
I like Banshee because it's very capable but doesn't feel bloated and slow. Songbird (http://www.songbirdnest.com/) looks pretty nice though. I'll try it out once it has cd-ripping and is more stable.

flaak_monkey
August 12th, 2006, 07:37 AM
Banshee. But i am trying out Songbird right now.

s6dalane
August 12th, 2006, 08:17 AM
Audacious
It doesn't have that much features, but it's nice and simple. And it is being developed, thus getting better in time. :)

croak77
August 12th, 2006, 08:38 AM
MPD. Two words: Gapless Playback.

Polygon
August 12th, 2006, 09:44 AM
listen, gonna try songbird when it comes out though, looks really cool

M7S
August 12th, 2006, 10:22 AM
Listen for me too

kbsuperstar
August 15th, 2006, 02:43 AM
I have an extensive music collection and I need a good music player that can (a) recognize all of my songs (eg - if I import a folder containing my music, it will put it all in a library/playlist), and (b) be easily organizable.

I have amaroK and Rhythmbox, but I've been having problems.

With Rhythmbox, I try to import all my music, but it only stores 449 of the sogns (i have thousands). The format errors are only files like .aup and album art; it's not saying that i can't recognize the songs it doesn't store (which most are mp3).

In amaroK, I can't seem to keep my library stable. It keeps doubling songs and it won't store media when I try to add on to my collection.


Are there any really good music apps for Ubuntu? I'd start a poll but I only know these 2 music players.

spiral777
August 15th, 2006, 02:48 AM
Not really directly relating to your problem, but one of the big difficulties I had was in songs doubling on my playlist. What I found out is each directory also had a playlist file, so when I was bringing the directories in, not only did it bring in each song, but it also brought in the playlist, thus adding them twice.

I really like XMMS for players, but I don't use it much for playing mp3s, mostly I stream music off the net.

orb9220
August 15th, 2006, 03:24 AM
Yep bet that is the problem in amarok. I am using 1.4.1 which is a major update and is in the repo's now.

I have about a 1000 cd's and had no problem's with double listing but I always keep playlists in a folder outside my mp3 library.

kbsuperstar
August 15th, 2006, 03:32 AM
XMMS recognized all my songs and none were doubled. The only problem I'm having with it is organization. It doesn't seem I can categorize anything by artist/album/etc.

Suggestions?

Or another music player you guys like?

Drakkor
August 15th, 2006, 03:35 AM
Xmms for music,streamtuner for internet audio streams,and TVtime for TV ! :p
Yeah,I know I'm old,lol... :mrgreen:

djsroknrol
August 15th, 2006, 04:01 AM
I personally like listen...it has some nice features and it's easy to use.

kbsuperstar
August 15th, 2006, 04:46 AM
Where can I get Listen from? I don't see it in Synaptic.

MetalMusicAddict
August 15th, 2006, 05:14 AM
I dont mean to be a downer man but there are a TON of threads about this. Theres info on every player you can think of in them, including Listen. My favorite.

kbsuperstar
August 15th, 2006, 05:44 AM
Wow, I do not like Listen. It's really laggy for some reason and all the album art is wrong. I can't play my entire library at once.

Ugh..

GuitarHero
August 15th, 2006, 05:45 AM
Listen.

fakie_flip
August 15th, 2006, 06:17 AM
Are there any good music players besides Rythmbox, Amarok, XMMS, and Listen? I know movie players can play music too, but that's not what I want. I am wondering if there is something good that I have not tried yet. My favorite are Amarok and XMMS. They are better than windows media player.

Artificial Intelligence
August 15th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Audacious gets my vote

http://audacious-media-player.org/Main_Page

mcduck
August 15th, 2006, 11:09 AM
MPD with ncmpc :)

shoot2kill
August 15th, 2006, 11:43 AM
amorak for ipod sync
xmms for listening, the winamp skins feature sold it for me...

Hairy_Palms
August 15th, 2006, 12:08 PM
i really like listen, but it does use the most resources of any player, it uses more than amarok which is surprising considering i run gnome not kde
audacious is nice, there going to have a winamp-esque music library available as a plugin soon i beleive.

AndyCooll
August 15th, 2006, 12:32 PM
Take your pick from here: Wikipedia: Linux Media Players (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Linux_media_players)

Or this:

Wikipedia: Comparison of Media Players (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_media_players)

:cool:

kbsuperstar
August 15th, 2006, 04:41 PM
Audacious looks like the same thing as XMMS

Artificial Intelligence
August 15th, 2006, 04:45 PM
Aye, xmms havn't been deveoped on in years. Then bmp forked from xmms, but then it halted as well. Audacious is a fork of bmp. The current version is 1.1.1 and still new things are getting added.

benuski
August 15th, 2006, 04:46 PM
Personally, my favorite music player is D)None of the above, because I prefer Banshee to all three of XMMS, amaroK, and Rhythmbox. Yes, its still fairly rough and freezes sometimes, but for me at least, its a good combination of features. I like that it can import CDs, but my favorite feature is that it can take your Ogg Vorbis music files on the hard drive and automatically change them into mp3s and load them up onto your iPod. If any of the other music players had that, which I don't think they do, I would like them a lot more.
Also, amaroK is just too cluttered for my liking, and things seem to be hidden, such as the main music library. Yes, I can find it, but it seems unnecessarily obstructed. There's my two cents.

Delkster
August 15th, 2006, 05:26 PM
With Rhythmbox, I try to import all my music, but it only stores 449 of the sogns (i have thousands). The format errors are only files like .aup and album art; it's not saying that i can't recognize the songs it doesn't store (which most are mp3).
I wonder what causes that. I haven't had problems with importing in a while (except for a slight hickup that was in the development version for a little while), and I also have slightly over 1500 tracks at the moment. I'm using a recent CVS snapshot instead of the version that came with Ubuntu 6.06, though.

I take it that some of your MP3 files are recognized nevertheless. Have you tried wiping the library (in ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox) and the configuration (in ~/.gconf/apps/rhythmbox), logging out and back in, and then trying again? Have you tried manually importing the library or just having Rhythmbox automatically detect your music?

David Corrales
August 15th, 2006, 05:34 PM
I really like Banshee, although it's not feature complete yet I like that it uses gstreamer as backend and it's written in C#.
Besides, the stuff is has just works like ripping for example. Cool stuff.

kimara
August 26th, 2006, 11:14 AM
MPD with gmpc-svn

v1ct0r
August 26th, 2006, 11:21 AM
AmaroK || Rhythmbox ( last.fm freak :P )

sabitha
August 26th, 2006, 12:41 PM
i like xmms so simple and look like winamp

ケイト
August 26th, 2006, 01:28 PM
No one's mentioned Quod Libet (http://www.sacredchao.net/quodlibet)? I'm shocked! QL is the world's best music player!

lynxus
August 26th, 2006, 01:31 PM
NONE of the above!!!! ArG

Use Automatix to install the support then install Kaffeine! That has to be the best player known to man!

http://kaffeine.sourceforge.net/

Artificial Intelligence
August 26th, 2006, 01:40 PM
NONE of the above!!!! ArG

Use Automatix to install the support then install Kaffeine! That has to be the best player known to man!

http://kaffeine.sourceforge.net/

maybe if you use KDE.

Still I havn't seen VLC been beat and it doesn't require w32codecs.

lynxus
August 26th, 2006, 01:43 PM
True true

wbc1228
August 30th, 2006, 02:16 AM
No one's mentioned Quod Libet (http://www.sacredchao.net/quodlibet)? I'm shocked! QL is the world's best music player!

I'm trying it right now.
My biggest issue with it is that the seek bar is hidden and that it requires two click to access it (one to unhide it, the other to seek forward or back in a song).

Anonii
August 30th, 2006, 02:20 AM
For Ubuntu, Amarok is no way first, imo. It requires KDE libs, which make it slower.
XMMs, is a dead project for me.
And I dont really like Rhythmbox.

ATM, I'm using Banshee. But I'm not really excited, if I could use Amarok in its full potential in GNOME, I'd do it for sure.

Toxicity999
August 30th, 2006, 03:46 AM
You just asking for it opening up this can of worms... and it's a poptop... the lid doesn't go back on... though with a little tape... eh... I digress... I like XMMS2, though with no standard GUI it's extremely relative to tastes. I use Listen though, a fairly new player. For music tag orginizing, may I recommend Picard.

sinaen
August 30th, 2006, 02:35 PM
XMMS recognized all my songs and none were doubled. The only problem I'm having with it is organization. It doesn't seem I can categorize anything by artist/album/etc.

Suggestions?

Or another music player you guys like?

There are listen an gnome equivalent to amarok ive heard :)

and heres something to.
http://www.exaile.org/

but are you sure its not reading in your m3u playlists as files? then it should double. i dont have any problem with amarok as such. but xmms use to do this.

Nonno Bassotto
September 5th, 2006, 04:52 PM
I'd like to compare some Gnome music players, since I'm a bit lost amongst the different projects. Actually I'm more interested in the iTunes-like music players than in the WinAmp-like. Here are the main features of the two I have installed

1) RhytmBox
Very simple interface
Manages your library
Shows (but not allows you to edit) metadata
Automatically adds songs in your USB music player
Allows for rating songs
Makes statistics on songs, allowing you to play your favorites
Audioscrobbler support
Can receive radios and podcasts

2) Listen
A more cluttered interface
Manages your library
Allows viewing and editing metadata
Synchronizes with your iPod
Makes statistics on songs, allowing you to play your favorites
Connects to Wikipedia
Downloads album covers
Downloads lyrics
Audioscrobbler support
Can receive radios and podcasts
Intelligent playlists based on Last.fm

Can anyone make a similar comparison for other music players (or integrate what I forgot of the strenghts of these two players)? In particular I see on the forum many people using Exaile, Banshee or BMPX, and I'd like to know what are the differences.

Omnios
September 5th, 2006, 05:15 PM
Real Player is not as good in linux as win but found I coule listen and watch a lot of the realplayer internet content on web pages. Mplayer also works well on the web. I find the web intagration in Linux buggy and there are a few options. One is to install Mplayer, real player and totem with the web plug ints which has advantages and disadvantages but runs smooth but not with all ther web content. Another option is to install the media player conectivity extection for riregox. This extention is not pretty but it works.

Nonno Bassotto
September 5th, 2006, 07:58 PM
I'm talking about music players. Even though Totem and MPlayer can handle music files, they are not well suited for this (MPlayer has even poor support for playlists, let alone organize your music collection). Maybe you understood I'm looking for a media player?

Anyway I'm asking for a feature comparison, not just "try this, believe me it's good".

croak77
September 5th, 2006, 09:31 PM
Well I swear by MPD, MPD is a music player daemon. It runs in the background on your computer. You can then use any number of frontends to it like gmpc or my favorite ncmpc-svn.

MPD features;


supports ogg,mp3,flac,mp4/aac,mod,wav
can be remotely controled
mp3 and ogg streams
id3v1 and id3v2 tag support
buffer support for slow networks
gapless playback like xine
m3u playlist support (save,load,manage)
volume control


The frontends all have different features. Gmpc has album cover support, ncmpc-svn has lyrics and search. There is an audioscrobbler plugin/daemon called lastfmsubmit too.

AndyCooll
September 5th, 2006, 11:04 PM
This might be of interest: Comparison of media players (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Media_players)

:cool:

Nonno Bassotto
September 5th, 2006, 11:15 PM
Wow!! :) In fact it is. Just a bit long to analyze, but very nice resource. It only lacks some features comparison, like fetching infos, lyrics, covers, similar artists and so on.

LKRaider
September 5th, 2006, 11:59 PM
I really like QuodLibet

It works similar to Rythmbox, but:
+ Supports plugins, enabling you to do all sort of things that you can't in Rythmbox
+ Comes with a good tag editor that can also be used standalone, called ExFalso
+ Plugins are written in Python, making for easy developing your own (if you programm, that is)

All the features you mentioned for Listen are available on QuodLibet through plugins, the only one I don't know about is iPod integration, since I don't use that.

Official website and some links with pics of it:
http://www.sacredchao.net/quodlibet -> Official website
http://www.kitenet.net/~joey/blog/entry/quod_libet.html -> Small review with pic of player in album mode
http://i.iinfo.cz/urs/QuodLibet-113507001892514.png -> Picture showing one of the display modes

Senori
September 6th, 2006, 01:27 AM
Banshee (though I'm talking about a checkout from CVS/SVN, not the version in the repos)

- Clean interface
- Tango art
- Fetches album art
- Uses GStreamer, less supported Helix
- Radio
- Podcasts
- iPod transfers (both to and from)
- Lyrics
- Wikipedia lookup
- Audioscrobbler
- Recommendation using Audiscrobbler
- Beagle import
- Edits metadata
- Does ratings, plays, etc
- Mini Mode
- Smart playlists
- Can access music over network via Tangerine or iTunes

banjobacon
September 6th, 2006, 02:44 AM
Actually I'm more interested in the iTunes-like music players than in the WinAmp-like.

Banshee is very iTunes-like. Maybe it'll be to your liking.

hugmenot
September 8th, 2006, 01:02 PM
I’m a Quod Libet fanboy, too. I’ll just add a candyesque screenshot ...
http://http://www.ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=15475&d=1157716708

Orunitia
September 8th, 2006, 01:30 PM
Real Player is not as good in linux as win

W...wha? The linux version of real player is the only version I have EVER used that didn't completely blow.

Mr.Auer
September 8th, 2006, 02:14 PM
I mostly like to use players by drag and dropping files to a playlist when i want to listen to them..I have tried Banshee, Amarok and Rhythmbox too, which have a music library like in iTunes..But dont like this approach.

VLC (VideoLAN) player serves as my all-round video player, and can also play ogg/mp3/wav etc., but its playlists etc arent that good, so I use this as a plugin on browser mostly and for videos.

As for music, I presently use XMMS (good ole!) still mostly, and Audacious which is a Beep player fork. Used to use Beep Music Player before that. All 3 are Winamp-skinnable and work in general like Winamp does. Plenty plugins for each, for all possible audio formats pretty much.

I use alsa+dmix for sound mixing, so I can use many players at the same time which is nice. I even have one album that can be played on shuffle on 2 players at the same time, the pieces are same lenght and are composed so they sound good like this ;)

Included is a screenshot with most these players..Left to right: XMMS, Adacious, Banshee, VLC, Rhythmbox, Alsaplayer.

Nonno Bassotto
September 8th, 2006, 02:47 PM
OT for Mr. Auer. Nice desktop background! :) Do you know where I can find it?

NoTiG
September 11th, 2006, 04:26 AM
Just wondering what everyone thinks. btw this thread isnt meant to punt any of the others down! . And also i only mentioned Gnome... so that kde apps are not included (Amarok) .

meng
September 11th, 2006, 04:27 AM
I like XMMS myself. Simple/minimalist.

NoTiG
September 11th, 2006, 04:29 AM
How did you reply before i even created the poll?!? :P i was sitting there thinking about it making sure that i included the main ones and when i clicked submit i already had 1 reply!

maniacmusician
September 11th, 2006, 04:29 AM
I like Exaile. I've been using it since it came out (not very long ago) and synic is hard at work on it. It progresses very fast, and it's usually what i use to listen to music now.

meng
September 11th, 2006, 04:30 AM
Whoops sorry I didn't realize it was a poll. I've voted now!

Bree
September 11th, 2006, 04:39 AM
Exaile

matthewburke
September 11th, 2006, 04:42 AM
I've been using Rhythmbox for some time now. But, I've never used or heard of Exaile. I thinkI might give it a test run and see what it's like. My vote as of now is Rhythmbox though.

Kayne
September 11th, 2006, 04:42 AM
As of now, Listen.
I'm eagerly waiting for Banshee 1.0 (maybe 2008 or something), 0.11 is very promising but still unstable. When it becomes stable, it will become far more popular then now.
Also I have great sympathy for Songbird (http://songbirdnest.com), a perfect iTunes clone but with a zillion more features.

Amarok is also a great choice but I'm a GTK purist.

NoTiG
September 11th, 2006, 04:50 AM
I havent voted yet because i havent tried them all... i guess the results of this poll could get skewed because the default is rhythmbox and thats all people have tried.

alexandermimix
September 11th, 2006, 04:58 AM
I voted listen. It plays everything I have thrown at it so far without having to do or install anything other then the program itself. :)

Grey
September 11th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Chalk up another vote for XMMS here. Minimalist. Light on resources. Vast amount of plugins. Does fine for me.

meng
September 11th, 2006, 05:23 AM
Thanks I was beginning to feel lonely.

Demio
September 11th, 2006, 05:27 AM
XMMS. Simple, useful, addictive.

mrgnash
September 11th, 2006, 06:03 AM
Exaile... easily.

nalmeth
September 11th, 2006, 06:07 AM
Used to be listen, now Exaile

croak77
September 11th, 2006, 07:24 AM
Amarok, Aint nothing wrong with a little bit of KDE in your GNOME.

graabein
September 11th, 2006, 07:50 AM
I think this should be a checkbox poll. People like more than one player. I usually go for either Banshee or XMMS and sometimes Muine. Have yet to try Listen and Exaile.

detgar
September 11th, 2006, 08:06 AM
I prefer Rhythmbox because of its ease of use and "gnomey" design.

FISHERMAN
September 11th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Quod Libet

aussiedini
September 11th, 2006, 12:56 PM
Xmms all the way

Jason.TJ.Johnson
September 11th, 2006, 01:30 PM
As of now, Listen.
I'm eagerly waiting for Banshee 1.0 (maybe 2008 or something), 0.11 is very promising but still unstable. When it becomes stable, it will become far more popular then now.
Also I have great sympathy for Songbird (http://songbirdnest.com), a perfect iTunes clone but with a zillion more features.

Amarok is also a great choice but I'm a GTK purist.

:heart:
Using it and loving it thanks to you!

thesmartace
September 11th, 2006, 01:32 PM
Although it isn't actually for gnome, I love amaroK :D

I'm keen to give banshee a go though.

frodon
September 11th, 2006, 01:35 PM
Rhythmbox is fine for me, it just misses an integrated tag editor and cover art support but it's coming ;)

Corbelius
September 11th, 2006, 02:08 PM
Listen is my favorite, wonderful features for music lovers, but also Rhythmbox, is more solid.

Exaile is indeed ugly.

Engnome
September 11th, 2006, 02:34 PM
XMMS + gxmms. (gxmms gives you control over XMMS trough an applet in gnome-panel)

atrus123
September 11th, 2006, 03:00 PM
Check out this link (http://www.animewine.com/index.php?entry=entry060911-074943) to my blog. I discuss my own hunt for the amaroK killer in Gnome.

Onyros
September 11th, 2006, 03:28 PM
I'm sticking to Amarok (I actually preferred typing amaroK, it's cooler :P), even though I tried all music players available in the bunch.

Exaile! is standing out as a great alternative for GNOME, I really like it... but I still don't understand how most of the people here cope to listen to music without equalization. That's one of the features that would make me switch from Amarok to Exaile!.

Are you using jackd, plus the LADSPA plugins for output, or are you using the default sound setup? Because the default setup well... sucks, in terms of sound quality, and most of the playlist based players (Quod Libet, Rhythmbox, Banshee, etc) don't have an integrated equalizer.

lwr
September 11th, 2006, 03:43 PM
I'm currently using Exaile. Rhythmbox annoyed me by having long gaps between tracks, and a lot of the music I listen to flows from one song to the next. Banshee looks quite good so I might give that a try. For me, integrated equalization isn't a problem my computer links straight to my stereo system which has a graphic equalizer for each channel. Don't know how anybody else copes though.

gabhla
September 11th, 2006, 03:43 PM
Rythymbox & XMMS.

gurgle
September 11th, 2006, 03:51 PM
i would use Banshee if it ran on my machine. i get a crash on start <img>

FISHERMAN
September 11th, 2006, 03:52 PM
Listen is my favorite, wonderful features for music lovers, but also Rhythmbox, is more solid.

Exaile is indeed ugly.

Tastes are personal, so there's no right and wrond. But if there's one ugly music player it must be Listen. I just can't stand the GUI. I really don't see what's ugly about Exaile!

LKRaider
September 11th, 2006, 03:54 PM
Quod Libet for me :)

lwr
September 11th, 2006, 03:55 PM
I just tried Banshee. Didn't like it at all. Maybe I'm missing something but is there no way to browse your music organised by artist and album?

joselin
September 11th, 2006, 03:57 PM
For me, listen is the best.

ComplexNumber
September 11th, 2006, 05:49 PM
i would have to say banshee. its intuitive and has the widest range of useful features. one of the aspects of banshee that makes it superior to quod libet, listen, amorak, etc is that it plays cd's.

Dinerty
September 11th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Listen is quite nice, reminds me of a trimmed down Amarok, still prefer the feel and tenderness of Amarok though.

Not used Rhythm box much, it is ok though,

PatrickMay16
September 11th, 2006, 06:10 PM
XMMS! Its requirements are modest so it will run nicely on slower machines, many plugins are available so you can extend its functionality and play a LOAD of different file formats, and its UI is similar to that of Winamp 2.x, so it is familiar if you were used to Winamp (which I liked before I switched to linux for daily use of the computer).

Mihkal
September 11th, 2006, 06:12 PM
personally I use xmms to listen to music

and Amarok to organise my music, partially becasue of the dancing girl with the ipod:p
but I mainly use it for the ability to search for any song by any search term

Klaidas
September 11th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Other - xmms!
Simple and good.

leev
September 11th, 2006, 08:41 PM
Listen is what I'm using right now; it looks great and works perfectly. I don't think it looks ugly. :p

Virak
September 11th, 2006, 08:43 PM
MPD. Interfaces are for wimps.

omns
September 11th, 2006, 09:54 PM
.

Bezmotivnik
September 11th, 2006, 11:07 PM
I see a couple of mentions of running multiple mp3 players.

Just out of curiosity, why would one do this? :-k

synic
September 12th, 2006, 12:31 AM
I'm gonna have to say Exaile...

note: I'm biased :P

atrus123
September 13th, 2006, 03:33 AM
In case you're interested, I just updated my guide to includeQuod Libet (http://www.animewine.com/index.php?entry=entry060911-074943).

fuscia
September 13th, 2006, 04:15 AM
xmms. kaffeine is ok, but xmms is more straightforward. i guess if i needed a music player to shovel snow and balance my checkbook, as well as play music, i would use amarok, or listen, or one of the others.

hanzomon4
September 13th, 2006, 08:47 AM
i would have to say banshee. its intuitive and has the widest range of useful features. one of the aspects of banshee that makes it superior to quod libet, listen, amorak, etc is that it plays cd's.

Listen v0.5b can play cds, So can Exaile. I must say Exaile is quiet impressive.

AndyCooll
September 13th, 2006, 12:29 PM
I voted other. I'll usually use Totem (which plays any music files perfectly ok) or XMMS if I'm not using Amarok (my preferred music player).

I've heard some good things about Exaile and Listen but not got round to trying them yet.

:cool:

stengah
September 13th, 2006, 03:32 PM
I've tried most players and jukeboxes around on most platforms. My personal top three on linux is:

1. AmaroK (yeah, it's KDE, but it just has this excellent feel to it)
2. Exaile (closest to an AmaroK competitor imo - Synic is really doing an amazing job on this one!)
3. This is a new kiddo; Songbird (build on Gecko engine, u know, Mozilla). It's still too buggy nonetheless; it's to be found at www.songbirdnest.com (http://www.songbirdnest.com) :-)

As I currently use AmaroK the unspecified (other) got my vote. Might as well put out a shout for Exaile!:KS

pyros
September 14th, 2006, 08:25 AM
I'm loving Exaile, but I currently use banshee, stupid as it sounds, for the alarm plugin...

Artificial Intelligence
September 14th, 2006, 08:32 AM
Audacious.

It's a fork of BMP (which are forked from xmms)

http://audacious-media-player.org/Main_Page

maniacmusician
September 14th, 2006, 01:38 PM
^ that does look pretty good. i've seen it before but havn't tried it....guess i'm doing something tonight.. [adds to google notebook] thanks.

Onyros
September 14th, 2006, 01:57 PM
Yep, I tried Audacious and it's looking good. I can't seem to get good quality out of its equalizer, Amarok's equalizer sounds better in my setup.

I still haven't found a music player in Ubuntu that matches foobar2000's sound quality.

almostlinux
September 14th, 2006, 03:06 PM
rhythmbox !!!!1 :cool:

Artificial Intelligence
September 14th, 2006, 04:26 PM
^ that does look pretty good. i've seen it before but havn't tried it....guess i'm doing something tonight.. [adds to google notebook] thanks.

If you need help with the compiling, just let me know. I'll glady help :KS

michux
September 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM
I keep meaning to get Foobar 2000 working under Wine because, basically, it's the world's best music player.

If you really want a Foobar clone for Linux, you should take a look at Mesk Audio Player (http://mesk.nicfit.net/). Here is a review of Mesk 0.2.1 (http://polishlinux.org/apps/mesk-audio-player-0-2-1/) with lots of screenshots.

snakyjake
September 27th, 2006, 11:28 PM
I still use iTunes because it has better podcast and iPod support.

NeoChaosX
September 28th, 2006, 05:11 AM
Amarok. Can't beat it. Hell, I downloaded the Columns UI component for foobar2000 so I could get columns in my music player when I'm in Windows, too.

BOBSONATOR
September 28th, 2006, 06:20 AM
I use listen and XMMS.

kwalo
September 28th, 2006, 11:35 AM
I've been using xmms2 (http://wiki.xmms2.xmms.se/index.php/Main_Page) for a while. It looks promising, but there are no good clients for it now, so I switched to Quod Libet (thanks to this thread).

P.S. MPlayer as an option on survey? c'mon! It's a rock-solid movie player, but it doesn't compare even to outdated xmms as a music player.

Reshin
September 28th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Audacious. Closest to winamp

Kindred
September 28th, 2006, 01:06 PM
I use mpd, and usually pygmy or sonata as clients. No bloat...

iam_foo
September 28th, 2006, 10:44 PM
i really like songbird.
much better than listen, or the others.

http://www.songbirdnest.com/

:twisted:

reacocard
September 29th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Exaile is my favorite

http://www.exaile.org/

It's a lot like amarok, but for GTK/Python.

amgeex
October 2nd, 2006, 01:20 AM
Nothing is f'in fast with 4000+ audio files!!!

grte
October 2nd, 2006, 01:32 AM
mpd/ncmpc-svn.

With lyrics support in ncmpc-svn, I haven't got much need to use anything else, anymore.

cime
October 13th, 2006, 12:47 PM
Songbird looks nice.

Anonii
October 13th, 2006, 12:50 PM
If we dont count the unstability and the betas, I will rank them like this:

Songbird > Listen > Rhythmbox


Songbird is still in beta, and there are too many problems.
Listen is crashing for the 70% of the computers out there.
And Rhythmbox is just a music player, which is stable and "just" works (Currently using it.)

Ubuntist
October 13th, 2006, 12:55 PM
And also i only mentioned Gnome... so that kde apps are not included (Amarok) .

Although it is designed for KDE, Amarok works well in Gnome, and I think its the best!

Cable
November 19th, 2006, 10:59 PM
I'm currently using Rhythmbox. I've tried Banshee, Quod Libet, Amarok, Listen, and Exaile and none of them seemed spectacular to me, though all worked well. So, I just stuck with Rhythmbox. I really miss foobar2000 though.

ryu kun
November 19th, 2006, 11:56 PM
Doesn't "Listen" take too much memory? More than 60 mb... Weird.

smartalecks
November 20th, 2006, 01:09 AM
Although it is designed for KDE, Amarok works well in Gnome, and I think its the best!

I absolutely LOVE AmaroK. It is the GREATEST. Although it looks slightly out of place (only slightly) I don't mind because of all the features it has. My favorite is that Skip/Pause/Play/Stop can be bound to key combinations, so I don't have to open the application back up and use my mouse. That may sound a bit stupid, but it's the main reason I use it :)

I may switch to Exaile when it becomes a bit more developed.

AmaroK is also VERY well written, and runs faster than any of the other players. I recommend you try it out.

INSTALL AMAROK: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=1598407&postcount=10

Sammi
November 20th, 2006, 01:15 AM
I use Amarok in Gnome. It's the best there is :D

deanlinkous
November 20th, 2006, 01:19 AM
well I dont want mine to run, just play my music :)

What does amarok offer that rhythmbox doesn't?

drphilngood
November 20th, 2006, 01:27 AM
XMMS gets my vote as does its default skin.

deanlinkous
November 20th, 2006, 01:37 AM
XMMS use to be my favorite but since I usually run gnome and rythmbox is already installed....

smartalecks
November 20th, 2006, 01:56 AM
well I dont want mine to run, just play my music :)

What does amarok offer that rhythmbox doesn't?

I'll list most of the notable features it has. I know Rhythm Box has some of these, but I don't want to install it and check, so just figure it out for yourself :)

Lyric fetching, Wikipedia artist page fetching, more control, key binding, collection listing and advanced sorting, playlists including podcasts and radio streams, album art fetched from amazon, album art manager, MAGNATUNE.COM INTEGRATED STORE, ipod and many other media devices are supported, integrated last.fm submission, on screen display of what song you are playing, track information editing including fetching album/song information from MusicBrainz, collection statistics, and quite a few more. More are on the way with later versions as well.

A big plus about all of those features are that they are NON OBTRUSIVE, and do not run in the background. at any given moment AmaroK uses 5% or less of my CPU resource. Probably my favorite features are:

- How fast it is :)
- Key bindings
- Lyric Fetching
- Album Art fetched from Amazon
- Integrated Magnatune.com
- Song/Album information fetchable from MusicBrainz

and also how configurable it is.

zenwhen
November 20th, 2006, 02:05 AM
GMPC

http://cms.qballcow.nl/index.php?page=Gnome_Music_Player_Client

coder_
November 20th, 2006, 04:18 AM
Banshee all the way.

See this, is what I love about Linux: Choices.

deanlinkous
November 20th, 2006, 04:36 AM
...........


WOW! That does sound interesting! Thanks for the info...

Marquis_de_Carabas
November 20th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Exaile all the way baby. Although there are a couple of things from Rhythmbox it'd be good to see included.

swamytk
November 20th, 2006, 07:50 AM
I voted others since I prefer XMMS. I want to have folder list as side bar and play the selected songs (like in xmms, you can select folders or files using Ctrl, Shift..) in other players such as Banshee, Exaile.. Or am I not noticing such existing feature?

gnomeuser
November 20th, 2006, 12:51 PM
I really like Banshee, it's probably the best music player for GNOME. Sadly it depends on Mono which means abnormal ressource use and now with the Novell/MS deal it potentially means problems down the road.

I've settled on Rhythmbox till a better alternative comes around, specifically I'm not happy with it's GUI responsiveness and the podcast support, aside that Rhythmbox is a fine program.

AndyCooll
November 20th, 2006, 01:34 PM
well I dont want mine to run, just play my music :)

What does amarok offer that rhythmbox doesn't?

Well on first use it automatically imports your playlists for starters. With Rhythmbox I have to manually add them (unless I'm missing something).

I quite like Rhythmbox actually, but this is one of the niggles (and I have a few others) that keeps me from adopting it as my default player

Also that default list view of songs you're now playing in Amarok is great, just drag and drop songs to append to the list. It seems to be much more of a pfaff in Rhythmbox to pick the same half a dozen songs you want to repeatedly play just for today without having to manually create a new playlist. Again ...unless I'm missing something

:cool:

urukrama
November 20th, 2006, 07:34 PM
GMPC

http://cms.qballcow.nl/index.php?page=Gnome_Music_Player_Client

Thanks for that. Looks pretty good.

mips
November 20th, 2006, 07:49 PM
AmaroK ?

IYY
November 20th, 2006, 08:23 PM
I voted for Banshee, but to be honest, it might just be because of the sleek tango icons. Rhythmbox is just as good at organization, and I prefer the Winamp-like model of playing anyway (so, Beep or XMMS).

fuscia
November 20th, 2006, 08:35 PM
i just installed exaile today and i'm liking it, mostly because i just listen to shoutcast anyway.

deanlinkous
November 20th, 2006, 08:39 PM
My music is on another system and I cant drag and drop the files into XMMS?

AFAIK rhythmbox has a library and auto scans the library but like I said I just create a new playlist and drag and drop them all in and go from there.

I like playing oone song in rhythmbox and the other in totem and mixing them. Yea, a complete waste of time...I know. ;) Should be playing tuxracer!

I would like a light music player that has good drag&drop support and so forth.

aidanr
November 20th, 2006, 09:14 PM
MPD. Interfaces are for wimps.

no ones mentioned sonata (http://sonata.berlios.de/) yet so i may as well do
frontend for mpd, light, minimal, good looking and as an added bonus music doesn't stop if you kill x

terminatorkobold
November 20th, 2006, 09:36 PM
Exaile all the way. :-)

IbeeX
November 20th, 2006, 09:55 PM
Listen, exile.

looks that python ;) is best language for music players !

synic
November 20th, 2006, 10:41 PM
Listen, exile.

looks that python ;) is best language for music players !

Mostly Python is just the best language

/me ducks

arvster
November 20th, 2006, 11:05 PM
Exaile is the player I use right now. I used to be an Amarok user (I still really like this player), but I started to look for alternatives, as on my system with 256Mb of RAM Amarok started to choke with large playlists. And I like to listen to all my collection at once in random, so it is an issue for me. After looking around I found Exaile, which has all the features I liked in Amarok + it eats much less resources. Right now I have it in background playing a playlist of about 10600 songs and it uses about 30Mb of RAM. Also some features that it has I missed in Amarok (the ability to have tabs of different playlists open is the one I missed a lot).

Toontwnca
November 20th, 2006, 11:10 PM
Since Rhythmbox comes installed with Ubuntu, it's all I ever use.
I may try Exaile to see what the fuss is about.

deanlinkous
November 21st, 2006, 12:37 AM
Listen, exile.

looks that python ;) is best language for music players !

python? like Lsongs (barf) ;)

gnomeuser
November 21st, 2006, 02:47 AM
My music is on another system and I cant drag and drop the files into XMMS?

AFAIK rhythmbox has a library and auto scans the library but like I said I just create a new playlist and drag and drop them all in and go from there.

I like playing oone song in rhythmbox and the other in totem and mixing them. Yea, a complete waste of time...I know. ;) Should be playing tuxracer!

I would like a light music player that has good drag&drop support and so forth.

Easy solution: NFS
Overkill solution: daap

Voila, Rhythmbox works with your remote music store.

deanlinkous
November 21st, 2006, 04:15 AM
Easy solution: NFS
Overkill solution: daap

Voila, Rhythmbox works with your remote music store.
Woops, I think I need to be clearer. Rhythmbox does allow me to drag and drop from teh network, XMMS does not. I use rhythmbox but does seem to have 10 instances of it running in my processes? So I would like a simple ogg player that I can drag and drop my files into. Any thoughts? Must be free software of course. :)

Corbelius
November 22nd, 2006, 08:10 PM
Listen is my favorite, wonderful features for music lovers, but also Rhythmbox, is more solid.

Exaile is indeed ugly.

Change my prefer from Listen to Quod Libet, great app and great integration with ums mp3 player (like iaudio f2 and samsung yp-z5f) :)

MedivhX
November 22nd, 2006, 08:13 PM
Listen is the best... Rythmbox is s**t...

drphilngood
November 22nd, 2006, 09:43 PM
IMHO, XMMS looks and even seems to sound better than any Ive tried in any OS.
I wonder why it was not on the poll...

mcduck
November 22nd, 2006, 09:45 PM
Same reply as in every music player thread: MPD.

If it really has to be a Gnome-specific, ncmpc in a Gnome-terminal (transparent & borderless, sitting on corner of my desktop) could maybe count as gnome app? ;)

Anyway, I'm waiting for GMPC 1.14, it looks great. And pympd is nice too if you want itunes/rhythmbox-like client..

Kindred
November 22nd, 2006, 10:56 PM
MPD for me, I usually use Pygmy with it. Sonata & GMPC are decent too but the less 'features' the better really.

SnTholiday
November 22nd, 2006, 11:16 PM
Does exaile have an equalizer?

mcduck
November 22nd, 2006, 11:34 PM
MPD for me, I usually use Pygmy with it. Sonata & GMPC are decent too but the less 'features' the better really.

Sonata looks nice too.. Is there a .deb anywhere available?

Kindred
November 23rd, 2006, 12:28 AM
Sonata looks nice too.. Is there a .deb anywhere available?

It doesn't seem like it actually.

aidanr
November 23rd, 2006, 12:35 AM
no the link for 0.9 seems broken, i had to compile it from source, well worth it though:)

synic
November 24th, 2006, 05:42 PM
Does exaile have an equalizer?

Not yet.

dca
November 24th, 2006, 05:50 PM
All the media players listed are good. I'm still trying to look for the be all - end all media player that can rip/burn audio, play DVDs, etc, etc, light my cigarette, play MP3s, etc... That was the one thing about GNOME, why do I need Serpentine, SoundJuicer, and Rhythmbox? I want an all-in-one media player...

synic
November 24th, 2006, 05:59 PM
All the media players listed are good. I'm still trying to look for the be all - end all media player that can rip/burn audio, play DVDs, etc, etc, light my cigarette, play MP3s, etc... That was the one thing about GNOME, why do I need Serpentine, SoundJuicer, and Rhythmbox? I want an all-in-one media player...

If it can do all that, why not have it make toast too? I'm just kidding. I see where you're coming from, but the more you have in an interface, the more chance you have to confuse the user. The more you have, the more you have to go wrong.

With each component being a different app, you also get the added advantage of having a dedicated group of programmers for each app. That way they can focus on the features the make the core of the app, and each app is great, instead of having the core great and having the rest half assed.

dca
November 24th, 2006, 06:16 PM
That scenario I agree with...


However, for new-to-Linux user(s) a one-stop media player may be the answer and the fact that some distro(s) including Ubuntu are singe-CD installs so to help trim the fat, this may help?

deanlinkous
November 24th, 2006, 06:39 PM
more of a single app for a single job kind of person myself

Kindred
November 24th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Developers for *nix tend to adhere to the principles of the Unix philosophy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy), the core of which is essentially 'Small is beautiful' and 'Make each program do one thing well' - hence all the seperate applications. The benefits are numerous actually..

MattSMiddleton
November 24th, 2006, 09:17 PM
I use MPlayer and just use the command line interface. It's powerful and easy.

stucky
November 24th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Exaile - Like Amarok but works.


Synic IS the DUDE!

ahaslam
November 24th, 2006, 11:14 PM
totem-xine

Why install players for both music & video when one can do it all?

Tony ;)

urukrama
November 25th, 2006, 12:25 AM
Is there actually a possibility to play a file with any MPD client without adding it to your library? It is quite hard to play a file you're not sure you want to keep, otherwise.

Pympd is quite nice, but that seems to be the downside.

dbbolton
November 25th, 2006, 04:05 AM
rbox all the way.

GenX
November 25th, 2006, 08:30 AM
I use Songbird. I prefer it over all the other players I have tried.

Download it here: http://www.songbirdnest.com/download

VicAlpha
November 26th, 2006, 06:29 AM
I use Songbird. It take a lot of ram% and cpu% but do the job right

esaym
January 10th, 2007, 05:45 AM
I am going to make this thread to not only help myself but to help others in the same position.

I come from the windows world and so far I have not found a media player I like. I am a big fan of foobar (http://www.foobar2000.org/screenshots/index.html) for windows. It is very simple, has lots of features and most importantly it doesn't have many separate menus all inside the gui that clutter up. I like the gui so much and yet I can't find a linux player that has one similar.

Anyway, if anyone wants to join in just type in a music player that you like or know of and if possible post a link to screen shots:mrgreen:

Here are the ones I have found:

noatun (http://noatun.kde.org/) (kde?)

sox (http://sox.sourceforge.net/) (can't find a screenshot)

amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/index.php?set_albumName=Screenshots&option=com_gallery&Itemid=60&include=view_album.php)

rhythmbox (http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/screenshots.html)

xmms (http://www.xmms.org/about.php)

songbird (http://www.songbirdnest.com/screencast)

mpd (http://www.musicpd.org/clients.shtml) (lots of front ends)

qmpdclient (http://havtknut.tihlde.org/qmpdclient/screenshots.php) (mpd front end)

sonata (http://sonata.berlios.de/screenshots.html) (mpd front end)

lamip (http://fondriest.frederic.free.fr/realisations/lamip/screenshots.html)

exaile (http://www.exaile.org/trac/screenshots)

listen (http://listengnome.free.fr/)

bmpx (http://beep-media-player.org/site/Screenshots)

quod libet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quod_Libet)

audacious (http://audacious-media-player.org/Screenshots)

banshee (http://banshee-project.org/Screenshots)

juk (http://developer.kde.org/~wheeler/juk.html)

muine (http://muine-player.org/wiki/Main_Page) (gnome)

Eclair (http://www3.get-e.org/EFL_User_Guide/English/_pages/3.1.html)

gmusicbrowser (http://squentin.free.fr/gmusicbrowser/gmusicbrowser.html)

Now I got to figure out which on I want:-k

Did I leave any out??

http://www.lindsay.ath.cx/pics/smilies_files/cool.gif

mlissner
January 10th, 2007, 05:50 AM
You want Amarok. It's amazing, though I haven't tried many of the others above...

esaym
January 10th, 2007, 05:55 AM
You want Amarok. It's amazing, though I haven't tried many of the others above...


It came with my kubuntu install. I use it for ipod transfers. I hate how it has the artist menu on the left side and it crashes alot.

mlissner
January 10th, 2007, 06:18 AM
Picky, Picky. Have you tried it lately? The latest version I installed (as of, say November), seems to be much less buggy...

esaym
January 10th, 2007, 06:39 AM
I'm using version 1.4.3. Is there a big difference in version 1.4.4?

mlissner
January 10th, 2007, 06:44 AM
Actually, I think that /was/ the version change when the bugs more or less went away...no promises, but think that was it...

hugmenot
January 10th, 2007, 10:43 AM
While you install the newer Amarok try Quod Libet.
I used to be a Foobar user as well, and QL is a good substitute.

PetePete
January 10th, 2007, 11:38 AM
is there a way to make Amorok , well more sexy?!

i download themes but they only effect the left panel part :(

esaym
January 10th, 2007, 05:25 PM
While you install the newer Amarok try Quod Libet.
I used to be a Foobar user as well, and QL is a good substitute.


I just installed it. I think its the winner.

Also in kde how do I make a music player the default app for audio files?

Johnsie
January 10th, 2007, 05:26 PM
Right click the audio file and change the properties...

esaym
January 11th, 2007, 02:42 AM
Right click the audio file and change the properties...

That simple huh? I guess I was thinking too hard...:-?

FuturePilot
January 11th, 2007, 03:14 AM
You left out Amarok. It's probably one of the most powerful media players for Linux. It's a must have. You'll love it.:)

esaym
January 11th, 2007, 03:34 PM
You left out Amarok. It's probably one of the most powerful media players for Linux. It's a must have. You'll love it.:)

I already got. Everybody knows about amarok ;)

I'm not to crazy about it:rolleyes:

klato
January 11th, 2007, 09:12 PM
I've also been struggling to find a music player that does what I want. I was also a big foobar fan for a while when I used Windows...

Thus far I've tried Exaile, Rhythmbox, Amarok, XMMS, and just last night I installed Quod Libet with all the plugins...and I must say it's a pretty good substitute for foobar. You can do file renaming/tagging and all that good stuff you could do in foobar too.

Lord Illidan
January 11th, 2007, 09:15 PM
I already got. Everybody knows about amarok ;)

I'm not to crazy about it:rolleyes:

I love it!!! Include it, please!

esaym
January 11th, 2007, 10:55 PM
I love it!!! Include it, please!
No problem :-D

hugmenot
January 11th, 2007, 11:58 PM
Don’t take it too personally, but I really think Amarok fanboys are the new Firefox fanboys. The shouting everywhere is annoying me.

mlissner
January 12th, 2007, 02:42 AM
Sorry. Don't mean to annoy...BUT AMAROK IS AWESOME! Just kidding, but seriously, it took me a while to find it, and when I did I was very happy indeed, so I feel like I should preach it wherever I go.

Ah well...

tribaal
January 12th, 2007, 04:22 PM
If you like AmaroK but don't use KDE, then I strongly suggest using Listen instead.
It's pretty much as awesome, but it's... GNOME :)

Enjoy :)

- trib'

Turin Turambar
January 13th, 2007, 02:10 AM
Ok - where the hell is the equalizer in these programs?

I tried Rhythmbox, I tried Listen, I tried Exaile... they are all the same!

Why is so hard to make an equalizer? Yes, I know that XMMS has it, but I don't like how it looks overall.................

BTW: I voted for Listen... but I'm still not satisfied enough - no fadein/out between the songs and no equalizer.

Winamp is by far the best player I've used.

ice60
January 13th, 2007, 02:33 AM
Ok - where the hell is the equalizer in these programs?

I tried Rhythmbox, I tried Listen, I tried Exaile... they are all the same!

Why is so hard to make an equalizer? Yes, I know that XMMS has it, but I don't like how it looks overall.................

BTW: I voted for Listen... but I'm still not satisfied enough - no fadein/out between the songs and no equalizer.

Winamp is by far the best player I've used.
if you like winamp then you should try out audacious. it's a winamp clone. it also has an equalizer like winamps, but if you look closer you'll find an equalizer similar to something you find in a recording studio with 1000s of settings :cool:

Turin Turambar
January 13th, 2007, 01:19 PM
if you like winamp then you should try out audacious. it's a winamp clone. it also has an equalizer like winamps, but if you look closer you'll find an equalizer similar to something you find in a recording studio with 1000s of settings :cool:

Thanks, I tried it, but...it's WAY too small. I can't see anything (unlike WinAmp). When I double the size, it looks bad. By the way, the default skin is the ugliest thing I've seen on any player.

But yeah, at least it has an equalizer. Yeah, there's an 31-band plugin EQ. :)

Pobega
January 13th, 2007, 02:53 PM
XMMS + KDocker is really a true win. XMMS is light enough, and KDocker docks it to your system tray. So if you ever want to skip a song, it doesn't matter which desktop you're on, all you have to do is click on it's icon in the dock and hit next.

cowlip
January 13th, 2007, 04:13 PM
I know it's "music player", but it kind of sucks that there's no real all-in-one music library + video database on Gnome like in Winodws Media Player.

deanlinkous
January 13th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Thanks, I tried it, but...it's WAY too small. I can't see anything (unlike WinAmp). When I double the size, it looks bad. By the way, the default skin is the ugliest thing I've seen on any player.

But yeah, at least it has an equalizer. Yeah, there's an 31-band plugin EQ. :)

Sounds like you are looking for reasons not to like stuff. AFAIK it supports winamp skins so just pick your fav winamp skin and pop it in....

deanlinkous
January 13th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Even when I used windows, I did not use media player. YUCK! Of course I don't sit at my computer watching videos all day long.....

ice60
January 13th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Thanks, I tried it, but...it's WAY too small. I can't see anything (unlike WinAmp). When I double the size, it looks bad. By the way, the default skin is the ugliest thing I've seen on any player.

But yeah, at least it has an equalizer. Yeah, there's an 31-band plugin EQ. :)
hi :) did you notice the 1000s of audio settings here? -

Preferences>Plugins>Effects>LADSPA Host>Preferences here's a screenshot of about 8 of the 1000 options lol

http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/3568/screenshot1la4.th.png (http://img120.imageshack.us/my.php?image=screenshot1la4.png)

here are some skins i like :)
http://www.deviantart.com/view/7982893/
http://www.customize.org/details/44309

Turin Turambar
January 13th, 2007, 09:01 PM
Hey thanks! Now it looks much better, even though it's tiny. ;)

How did you install LADSPA Host?

TLE
January 13th, 2007, 09:19 PM
I voted other. I use cmus.

~LoKe
January 13th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Mpd. =]

ice60
January 13th, 2007, 09:40 PM
How did you install LADSPA Host?

LADSPA Host comes as part of the plugins package, called Audacious13-plugins, with suse 10.1 (the distro i'm using). have you tried looking for the plugins deb?

s6dalane
January 13th, 2007, 10:09 PM
I use Audacious and I'm quite happy with it. :)

manicka
January 13th, 2007, 10:21 PM
Exaile - Like Amarok but works.


amaroK works perfectly in Gnome :mrgreen:

Titi
January 13th, 2007, 10:28 PM
i don't know yet. i've only tried rhythmbox and amarok so far, but i just want something like winamp. you know, with a playlist and a medialibrary, separated from each other, but visible at the same time.
so what would you recommend me

manmower
January 13th, 2007, 10:50 PM
The Sonata frontend for mpd is by far my preferred Gnome "player".

ice60
January 14th, 2007, 11:48 AM
so what would you recommend me

Audacious :D it's a winamp clone, you can even you the old winamp classic skins with it.

k1001001
January 15th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Does anyone use Songbird? It's some nice eye candy, but geez does it ever take some serious processing power.

freakzilla
February 4th, 2007, 03:41 PM
I'm voting for exaile. Wish it was a bit better looking but exaile just works best with my listening habits.

Listen is great but seems to crash too often on my system. I think it has problems with my various music file types.

bom28
February 4th, 2007, 05:02 PM
For me it's GMusicBrowser, it may not be for everyone, it is probably best for BIG mp3 libraries. It has some very original features I haven't seen in any other player, like :
- lock artist/album (great when playing in full random)
- customizable random modes
- labels/tags (called flags) (I think amarok added this)
- a song popup that can be used to control nearly anything
- the development version has a cloud view for years/flags/genres
- fully customizable window layouts

And of course, it has most of the usual features like song rating, queue, a great mass-tagging t dialog.

Polygon
February 4th, 2007, 06:25 PM
exaile is my favorite right now. I also use to use listen, but for some reason i prefer exaile.

M_the_C
February 4th, 2007, 06:32 PM
I like the features of Exaile, but I think the interface could do with simplifying.

skyhopper88
February 17th, 2007, 06:25 AM
I'm a long time foobar user and have pretty much 0 experience with any *nix player. I'm not sure if this one is any good, but Linspire has Lsongs (http://lsongs.com/?page=home), it seems pretty Itunesish. I've used Songbird in Windows, looks promising now it's not worth it IMO.

bg1256
February 17th, 2007, 07:11 AM
I vote for Amarok. Exaile looks promising in Gnome, but it's still too buggy.

nolageek
February 18th, 2007, 11:51 AM
I'm looking for an app that has really good file managing/renaming capabilities. I've tried Amarok, Banshee, Songbird and a few others.. either they don't keep the files organized or they are incapable of importing music from an external drive..

How is JuK? It seems to be what I want. Any testimonials for/against?

IusedTObeSOMEONEelse
February 18th, 2007, 12:12 PM
I love amarok but it seems to cause my CPU to run at 100% or close to then the ultimate crash. I also have friends who have had the same problem so I know it's not just me!! For now, Exhaile is what seems to be the best for me (equalizer please). Just my little piece. :) Sally

xopher
February 18th, 2007, 12:49 PM
I use BMPX, mainly because of the ability to listen to Last.FM radio :) The next version, 0.40 will rock btw ;)

Is there something else that you can listen to Last.FM with?

Kuoi
February 18th, 2007, 07:57 PM
Well , I listen to Shoutcast Radio stations with Songbird !

It has even my favorite station EBM Radio on it , great !

After testing about all music players in ubuntu , I have a winner ...
Songbird !

This one plays my playlists like I want it , and importing music is not a problem.
Even importing more than 1 file is not a problem , wich some players not allow me to do.

My opinion about Linux music players is that you can't expect too much , surtenly if you used some media players in Windoos ... but ...
Winamp users will find something , that's for sure.

Songbird is the most complete player to me , but ...
It eats memory , that's the only downside of it imo .

Greets , Kuoi

tlacuache
February 20th, 2007, 12:31 AM
My personal favorite is SnackAmp (http://snackamp.sourceforge.net). It's small, fast, does a good job at managing playlists with a large music library, and has good options to filter your playlist.

-SG

olavjunior
February 23rd, 2007, 09:11 PM
:guitar: I def use amarok cause of it's built in last.fm module. I couldn't get the last.fm software to work, so amarok is just GREAT!

T313C0mun1s7
February 24th, 2007, 02:11 AM
:guitar: I def use amarok cause of it's built in last.fm module. I couldn't get the last.fm software to work, so amarok is just GREAT!

Exaile! does last.fm =D>

Kateikyoushi
February 24th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Mplayer by far but I have interest in songbird as well.

pay
February 24th, 2007, 02:43 AM
What about SongBird (http://www.songbirdnest.com/)?
EDIT: opps didn't realise that Kateikyoushi (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=167218) already mentioned it.

SavantEdge
March 20th, 2007, 01:34 AM
There're a lot of music players out there. Weigh in.
(If it's not on the list, leave a comment.)

Xenogis
March 20th, 2007, 01:37 AM
I like amarok, mainly because it has awesome iPod support, but its interface is also easier to use than that of rhythmbox or banshee

Pikestaff
March 20th, 2007, 03:48 AM
Amarok :) I like all its features and the way it's easy to use.

esaym
March 20th, 2007, 04:21 AM
Ok after having to use amarok for my ipod I have now become comfortable using it and it is now my fav :KS

esaym
March 20th, 2007, 04:22 AM
amarok.

Also mega music player thread I made here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2324967

weasel fierce
March 20th, 2007, 04:41 AM
I like amarok a lot, but my main one is XMMS. The way it works just feels intuitive to me, since I always used winamp on windoze

reacocard
March 20th, 2007, 04:42 AM
None of these. I use Exaile. It's like Amarok, but for GTK. Utterly awesome.

reacocard
March 20th, 2007, 04:47 AM
I love amarok but it seems to cause my CPU to run at 100% or close to then the ultimate crash. I also have friends who have had the same problem so I know it's not just me!! For now, Exaile is what seems to be the best for me (equalizer please). Just my little piece. :) Sally

Equalizer support is already in the works, but it'll require a newer gstreamer than edgy has. Feisty will probably be ok though.