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Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 04:00 AM
Which music player do you use? I for one, use Rhythmbox as it supports my keyboard shortcuts.

phishie
November 12th, 2009, 04:01 AM
mplayer!

bowens44
November 12th, 2009, 04:02 AM
Amarok 1.4

The Funkbomb
November 12th, 2009, 04:04 AM
banshee

LP3
November 12th, 2009, 04:04 AM
amarok, and rythmbox

steve161
November 12th, 2009, 04:05 AM
Right now it is Audacious and exaile. I like the ability to simpy drag and drop files from my music folder. Audacious also has an equalizer and some plugins that make the sound out of my tiny, cheap laptop speakers passable.

spillin_dylan
November 12th, 2009, 04:05 AM
Started with Rhythmbox in 8.10, switched to Banshee when I got a new laptop and put 9.04 on it. Still working on getting all my song ratings back, though... :(

pwnst*r
November 12th, 2009, 04:07 AM
foobar

Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 04:07 AM
Hmm, I've been hearing good things about Banshee. I'll download it and give it a go!

dragos240
November 12th, 2009, 04:18 AM
mplayer!

Same mplayer. Love it. :D

kk0sse54
November 12th, 2009, 04:21 AM
mpd/ncmpcpp

hoppipolla
November 12th, 2009, 04:32 AM
Amarok :)

I also like Banshee and Exaile :)

Roasted
November 12th, 2009, 05:03 AM
Exaile.

I like my music player to look at my music "as is" in my music folder. I fricken hate it when programs try to organize my music based on ID tags and all of that BS. It always turns into a mess unless you reset all of the ID tags yourself, and uh - no thanks.

I used to be a big fan of Amarok since Amarok did this, but after the new release of Amarok was a let-down, I switched to Exaile - Which I love.

Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Before I installed Ubuntu, I found all my music info and cover art ect, so all my limewire downloaded music is nicely organized.

RPG Master
November 12th, 2009, 05:15 AM
I love Songbird and all of its add-ons! :D

And I use VLC for listening to random files.

Greg
November 12th, 2009, 05:23 AM
mpd+ncmpcpp.

One of the two programs (well, in this case it's a pair) that I'm a fanboy of.

amazingtaters
November 12th, 2009, 05:30 AM
Banshee!

natedawg
November 12th, 2009, 05:37 AM
On Ubuntu is use Rhythmbox. On Windows I use Songbird

virusiidx
November 12th, 2009, 05:38 AM
banshee

Dekkon
November 12th, 2009, 07:06 AM
banshee

Songbird so far, but I am need of something different but the addons are nice. :P

bonfire89
November 12th, 2009, 07:20 AM
I think after trying all the players listed so far I have finally decided on songbird... (This has been a very big process for me) heh

Veteropinguis
November 12th, 2009, 07:26 AM
Quod Libet here, simply because it plays nice in GNOME without any tweaking and has a composer field.

I don't understand why, in an OS as customizable as Ubuntu, you can't have a composer field in Rhythmbox.

bigbrovar
November 12th, 2009, 07:46 AM
mpd+sonata+mpdscribble Seriously There is nothing better when it comes to music management. lite, simple, gets out of your face, flexible, yet powerful ... very POWERFUL

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2616/4097733508_7854abe52a_d.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2773/4097742934_c550e900df_d.jpg

bigbrovar
November 12th, 2009, 07:50 AM
Quod Libet here, simply because it plays nice in GNOME without any tweaking and has a composer field.

I don't understand why, in an OS as customizable as Ubuntu, you can't have a composer field in Rhythmbox.

Because not everyone needs it. And does who do can always install Quod Libet

Ms_Angel_D
November 12th, 2009, 08:13 AM
I use the latest Amarok that came with Kubuntu it suits me fine.

cariboo
November 12th, 2009, 08:33 AM
I use a combination of mpg321/randomplay

gnomeuser
November 12th, 2009, 10:24 AM
I am very happy with Banshee.

murderslastcrow
November 12th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Me, too- Banshee does everything I want it to. Great with everything I've thrown at it, not too heavy, and constantly improving. Banshee should be funded by the Gnome crew XD.

But really, I think Banshee deserves a bit more attention. The others aren't bad, of course, but I've never really felt that good when using them.

Ampi
November 12th, 2009, 11:18 AM
If it hasn't been a year than it has been more to make me finally decide a music player. What a horrible process :)

I have been with Amarok a couple of months and I quite liked it but not enough so I kept on looking.
Now I am stuck with Songbird and as for now I do not feel the need in looking. It does pretty much everything I need except for scrobbling stream radio in last.fm, but I think many players don't yet. Songbird has this feature in their todo list.
For the rest I like it very much!

Wouldn't it be a good idea to make a poll out of this?
That you can give a first and second choice or something similar. That would give a nice overview/summary of this entire thread..

la3r
November 12th, 2009, 11:22 AM
I use Audacious. What I want in my music player is a playlist, a repeat button and the ability to stream a single netradio... That's it lol, so things like songbird, rhytmbox and amarok are all way too boated for my taste :popcorn:

Mornedhel
November 12th, 2009, 11:42 AM
MPD with the Emacs EMMS frontend.

That's right, Emacs is my music player.

Tibuda
November 12th, 2009, 11:57 AM
MPD with the Emacs EMMS frontend.

That's right, Emacs is my music player.

No, Emacs is your operating system.

EDIT: On topic, I use QuodLibet.

pwnst*r
November 12th, 2009, 12:27 PM
=]

http://i38.tinypic.com/egvl8j.png

Pott
November 12th, 2009, 01:22 PM
Gmusicbrowser. I can control it through my media keys and everything works pretty well. It's got some issues reading album arts embedded in tags it seems (puts the same random Dylan best off cover on some albums :s) but otherwise it's all good.

Only thing I wish it had was Conky support. It does but I'm too much of a n00b to have understood the instructions :(

All 9,000 songs on my library are tagged, cover arted etc... so it was all a matter of scanning and everything fell right into place. Fast scanning too.
You can also really customize the screen. I like to have the entire library to the left and the now playing to the right (I don't use playlists, I just shuffle through all my stuff).

I tried MPD but it didn't work when I tried telling it my library location for some reason... Wish it had, it's supported by Conky and seems quite nice to use.

nothingspecial
November 12th, 2009, 01:37 PM
Banshee for the family collection of ipods.

mplayer for random files and radio streams

cmus for music library playing

squeezecenter for actually listening to music. I don`t listen to music on my computer often. I`d rather have it through my stereo, controlled by my computer

nothingspecial
November 12th, 2009, 02:26 PM
After reading this thread, I am experimenting with mpd/sonata.

What an excellent, lightweight piece of kit this is.

Next travels are to the cli clients.

Although cmus just works for me and I can control it without thinking.

Huh, that`s the flippin` trouble with linux ..... TOO much choice.

RiceMonster
November 12th, 2009, 02:27 PM
I use Amarok 2. In Windows, nothing beats foobar2000.

proxess
November 12th, 2009, 02:47 PM
Exaile for my collection.
Audacious for gtkpod and Tunapie.

kio_http
November 12th, 2009, 02:49 PM
Amarok
Where's the poll?

docus
November 12th, 2009, 03:08 PM
I've tried a few - Rhythmbox (very solid), Listen, Songbird, Audacious, Exaile, Quod Libet, Banshee... And probably some others I've forgotten. I'm sticking with Banshee for now. It's a great app - smooth, clear, and works perfectly for me... Or, to be precise, it USUALLY works perfectly - since I moved to 9.10 it doesn't recognise my ipod anymore...

I may give Listen another go in a while - it seemed on track to be a great player, but it just had a few small bugs that marred things for me. Also, I'm sure that in a year or so Songbird will be a force to be reckoned with.

All in all, choice is great and I don't miss iTunes at all!

Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 03:11 PM
Alright, I added a poll :)

Cuddles McKitten
November 12th, 2009, 03:13 PM
No one else just uses Totem?

Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 03:14 PM
Isn't Totem mainly a movie player?

anaconda
November 12th, 2009, 03:17 PM
Totem

JillSwift
November 12th, 2009, 03:21 PM
mpd ftw

koleoptero
November 12th, 2009, 03:27 PM
I have been using cmus for some time now and I don't see myself going for a glittery clumsy nonresponsive GUI player. In cmus I think about going to the next track and it goes. lol

Simian Man
November 12th, 2009, 03:29 PM
I've tried a few - Rhythmbox (very solid), Listen, Songbird, Audacious, Exaile, Quod Libet, Banshee... And probably some others I've forgotten. I'm sticking with Banshee for now. It's a great app - smooth, clear, and works perfectly for me... Or, to be precise, it USUALLY works perfectly - since I moved to 9.10 it doesn't recognise my ipod anymore...

Yeah Banshee's iPod support is broken to the deprecation of HAL. That, and a few other iPod bugs even when it did work, keep me on Rhythmbox instead. Rhythmbox is great, but not quite as sexy as Banshee :(.

MasterNetra
November 12th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Mostly use Rhythmbox, though I have played with banshee, its not replacing my Rhythmbox anytime soon. Also have used mplayer for music. ^.^

Ex0suit
November 12th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Which music player do you use? I for one, use Rhythmbox as it supports my keyboard shortcuts.

rhythmbox

Groucho Marxist
November 12th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I use Rythmbox and Songbird

automaton26
November 12th, 2009, 05:58 PM
A great set of choices in the poll there...
...because, ATM, "Other" is the most popular :)

I still use JuK, because it's simple and my collection is already organized.

Mornedhel
November 12th, 2009, 06:41 PM
ATM, "Other" is the most popular

Clearly, that's because of the immense superiority of mpd.

(Seriously, mpd rules.)

hard_i
November 12th, 2009, 06:53 PM
mpd + sonata

Barrucadu
November 12th, 2009, 06:54 PM
MPD+ncmpcpp

harlan
November 12th, 2009, 07:01 PM
I use mpd + gmpc (http://gmpc.wikia.com/wiki/GMPC_SCREENSHOST) as client.

Chame_Wizard
November 12th, 2009, 07:04 PM
Juk and VLC.:guitar:

rattasongw
November 12th, 2009, 07:07 PM
i use juK.but juK has a bad habit.sometimes it will stretch itself vertically when there is a long title/artist name.does anybody knows how to remove that area (under progress track,above search bar).thanks

gn2
November 12th, 2009, 07:07 PM
Other: Atunes (http://www.atunes.org/).

Sunflower1970
November 12th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Since Amarok is now at the 2.x version...and I hate it (I've tried it, and it pretty much locks up my computer when I try to update my music and cover art), I've been looking around. Tried Songbird, but it feels just too bloated, and doesn't do an update to my collection when I have new music. Also tried Listen, Banshee, Rhythmbox, but they all just are missing some of the features I liked in Amarok 1.4. Exaile is the closest, but it's still missing some features I liked in Amarok.

So. for the moment I've reinstalled Amarok 1.4, and am praying someone forked it and will maintain it. (maybe add back in the option to update album covers instead of manually finding them and adding them in...I've thought about it, but I'm not savvy enough to be able to look at the code and change it myself) I'm also using Quod Liebet and Exaile--sometimes.

BrokenKingpin
November 12th, 2009, 07:45 PM
Rhytmbox here, but I want to try Banshee as I have heard good things.

Zorian144
November 12th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Glad to see all the posts! :)

legolas_w
November 12th, 2009, 11:26 PM
I use Songbird.

Wild_Duck66
November 12th, 2009, 11:27 PM
Kaffeine

lordyosch
November 12th, 2009, 11:33 PM
banshee cos it can sync to my android phone

SuperSonic4
November 12th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Amarok and Dolphin

(the latter for playing single tracks)

jomiolto
November 12th, 2009, 11:41 PM
MOC. It's a nifty little audio player :)

super breadfish
November 13th, 2009, 12:36 AM
MOC. It's a nifty little audio player :)

I've been using MOC lately too, it's very good.

I like cplay too, very simple to use.

devehf
November 13th, 2009, 05:18 AM
banshee cos it can sync to my android phone

Very cool to know!

Anyone else syncing to Droid?

What's the best DAAP support? Amarok or Songbird? I want to set up a digital music library server for our community radio station that DJs can tap into.

kaivalagi
December 12th, 2009, 04:44 PM
Now running Arch and have switched to using MPD again...did use xmms2 for a while way back, then a multitude of "normal" players, but I really like these daemon based music players

I use Sonata as a front end...for now :)

And ya gotta love Alive in Chains ;)

Yvan300
December 12th, 2009, 05:48 PM
I use songbird at the moment in kde, i just hate amaorak.

Roasted
December 12th, 2009, 06:06 PM
I like Exaile. It's the only player I've found that just views my music in its current format in my music folder. I hate it when players force you to sort by ID tag, because ID tags aren't always in the format you want, and I don't care to change ID tags + names as it is. So, Exaile wins.

Regenweald
December 12th, 2009, 06:10 PM
Audacious, my sis prefers it, that's what I'll use. I like exaile, but its performance in recent times has been less than stellar. Back to basics for me :) drag'n'drop playlists...

Uncle Spellbinder
December 12th, 2009, 06:24 PM
I like Exaile. It's the only player I've found that just views my music in its current format in my music folder. I hate it when players force you to sort by ID tag, because ID tags aren't always in the format you want, and I don't care to change ID tags + names as it is. So, Exaile wins.

+1

Exaile, in my opinion, is the best. The ability to add more than 1 folder is ace. Plus scanning large collections quickly is a major plus!
Amarok took nearly 11 hours to scan my collection while Exaile took all of 40 minutes. And it's a VERY large collection:

http://content.imagesocket.com/images/Exaile8cc.png (http://imagesocket.com/view/Exaile8cc.png)

Marvin666
December 12th, 2009, 06:43 PM
I've always used vlc.

kaivalagi
December 12th, 2009, 06:57 PM
I've always used vlc.

Always liked vlc for video, I'll have to give it a whirl for music...

Any customisation possible to provide a music player style GUI with cover art etc?

Psumi
December 12th, 2009, 07:00 PM
totem, because I need the "repeat one track forever" and the "replace playlist with opened files" features.

Parole has these two features as well (as options.)

koleoptero
December 12th, 2009, 07:50 PM
+1

Exaile, in my opinion, is the best. The ability to add more than 1 folder is ace. Plus scanning large collections quickly is a major plus!
Amarok took nearly 11 hours to scan my collection while Exaile took all of 40 minutes. And it's a VERY large collection:

How much RAM does it take up with that collection?

Hetor
December 12th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Why isn't MPD included?

hessiess
December 12th, 2009, 07:54 PM
Cmus, its one of the few that can be controlled easily with the keyboard.

oldos2er
December 12th, 2009, 07:59 PM
I've always used vlc.

I used to use Exaile, but since the devs dropped its equalizer, I now use vlc too.

ratcheer
December 12th, 2009, 08:00 PM
I use Rhythmbox because it lets me rip CD's.

Tim

baizon
December 12th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Of course old style Audacious :)

murderslastcrow
December 12th, 2009, 08:40 PM
Wow. I'm impressed that less people use Banshee. I suspect this is changing, though, although Rhythmbox is certainly a good music application. I just can't bring myself to use it. Lol.

wewantutopia
December 12th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Armarok 1.4!!

Raffles10
December 12th, 2009, 09:11 PM
Ncmpcpp + MPD.

If I want to download album covers.......Sonata.

Megrimn
December 12th, 2009, 09:36 PM
I have a PPA for the old amarok 1.4.

anonSam
December 13th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Audacious. Very happy with it.

baddog144
December 13th, 2009, 10:52 PM
MPD + ncmpcpp. I love it, have keyboard shortcuts set up with xbindkeys and mpc. :D

befana
December 13th, 2009, 11:01 PM
On Gnome- Exaile, on KDE - Amarok.

Isengrin
December 13th, 2009, 11:08 PM
MPD with Sonata and mpc for my media keys.

scouser73
December 14th, 2009, 08:38 AM
Songbird FTW

ctrlmd
December 14th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Banshee/Rhythmbox/Exaile
Mainly Banshee and hoping for something that has great GUI
Banshee have great functions but need new gui

HappinessNow
December 14th, 2009, 08:49 AM
Pandora one...not a "music player" but Pandora One makes the need for music players obsolete.

HappinessNow
December 14th, 2009, 08:58 AM
Pandora one...not a "music player" but Pandora One makes the need for music players obsolete.http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=139801&d=1260777493

Exodist
December 14th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Banshee on Linux.
WMP on Windows.

HappinessNow
December 14th, 2009, 09:01 AM
WMP on Windows.
ever try J.River Media Jukebox on Windows?

Exodist
December 14th, 2009, 09:07 AM
ever try J.River Media Jukebox on Windows?
Not sure, It sounds very familiar. How long has it been out? I havent used windows up until the past week or so in over a year or so. I just got in on my PC now because of having to go back to college to get a job.. /cry :(

HappinessNow
December 14th, 2009, 09:10 AM
Not sure, It sounds very familiar. How long has it been out? I havent used windows up until the past week or so in over a year or so. I just got in on my PC now because of having to go back to college to get a job.. /cry :(
Not sure how long it has been out but it is pretty good and free.

Grifulkin
December 14th, 2009, 09:24 AM
mpd+ario.

DeRRudi
December 14th, 2009, 10:02 AM
MPD with Sonata! :guitar:8)

x33a
December 14th, 2009, 10:31 AM
I used to use amarok before, then finally settled on cmus.

fancypiper
December 14th, 2009, 10:46 AM
VLC-1.0.4 does a great job for me

My choice for playing my local music files is Audacious2 (I miss the old xmms).

I have tried other players (exaile, banshee, rhythmbox), but they have very long launch/loading times and these two do the job and do it well indeed.

Isengrin
December 14th, 2009, 09:13 PM
I used to use amarok before, then finally settled on cmus.

I love cmus. If I just could daemonize it, I'd say good by to MPD.

x33a
December 15th, 2009, 03:44 AM
I love cmus. If I just could daemonize it, I'd say good by to MPD.

If you want to daemonize it, you could try using screen. though, it's more of a hack than actual daemonization.

Marvin666
December 15th, 2009, 06:38 AM
Might as well add, my dad runs windows and swears by winamp.

Uncle Spellbinder
December 15th, 2009, 07:28 AM
How much RAM does it take up with that collection?

Not a big foorprint at all. Though it does take 10 to 15 seconds to start up. At nearly 140,000 files, that's no surprise. But once started, it's gold.

darkksyde
December 15th, 2009, 10:12 AM
Winamp for windows, Banshee for linux

techguy615
December 16th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Rhythmbox. I like the features of Banshee and wish I could go to it, but the bottom line is that it is slower than Rhythmbox on loading my library at startup. Also, the Ipod support for my 120g classic is shoddy at best. I wish they would fix it.

fancypiper
December 16th, 2009, 07:52 PM
I just discovered Miro (http://www.getmiro.com/). It's awesome!

plurworldinc
December 16th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Songbird:guitar:

Isengrin
December 21st, 2009, 06:42 PM
If you want to daemonize it, you could try using screen. though, it's more of a hack than actual daemonization.


Just a question, would I be able to control it while 'daemonized'?

calrogman
December 21st, 2009, 08:53 PM
I use moc.

RPG Master
December 21st, 2009, 09:49 PM
Songbird 8)

Greg
December 21st, 2009, 09:52 PM
Just a question, would I be able to control it while 'daemonized'?

It would be a running process. screen -xr reattaches to the screen session and returns you to the process. And if there's any external type commands (a la assign a keybind to pause) all that would work.

Crunchy the Headcrab
December 21st, 2009, 10:29 PM
Rhythmbox. At first the simplicity bothered me, then I found out it was exactly what I want.

mytwobears
December 21st, 2009, 10:37 PM
Exaile, Audacious, and Rythmbox.

julianb
December 21st, 2009, 10:49 PM
I am most accustomed to iTunes (on mac and on windows) and Windows Media Player (on windows)!

(I love linux but i haven't spent much time on it lately except to learn compiling & configuring stuff.)

alexfish
December 21st, 2009, 10:56 PM
Xine and Rythmbox.

Isengrin
December 22nd, 2009, 05:26 AM
It would be a running process. screen -xr reattaches to the screen session and returns you to the process. And if there's any external type commands (a la assign a keybind to pause) all that would work.

Thank you, I'll start experimenting. : D

suman_kol
December 22nd, 2009, 06:45 AM
vlc.

joes7
December 22nd, 2009, 06:48 AM
itunes (with wine, of course)

(Corndog)
December 22nd, 2009, 06:49 AM
Songbird, I love it :)

scouser73
December 22nd, 2009, 08:38 PM
I'd like to change my vote, I ticked Other as I used Songbird but it was slow especially with the new release and it was doing my head in, so instead of reverting back to Rhythmbox I have picked Exaile as the music player of choice. Bloody good it is too!

hellion0
December 22nd, 2009, 08:47 PM
Xmms and cplay.

coober85
December 28th, 2009, 01:07 PM
I tried song bird, too complex (looking). I don't need a music player thats also a browser...

Same deal with amorok. there's just too much going on, too many options that I never use, plus it doesn't look all that nice in GNOME (if that's your only KDE program).

Rhythymbox came installed with Linux Mint 8 but I just like the look of banshee a tiny bit more.

I've been using banshee for almost 2 years now, and I was considering Rhythmbox (basically the same program) because of two slightly annoying things on banshee:

Sometimes, when I try to start playing a podcast when it's not all the way downloaded (maybe like 75% done) it full on crashes. I mean the whole program goes away like I closed it. I have to start it up and wait for it to download completely, then try it, and then it works with no problems.

the Scroller on Banshee is always really small, roughly an inch and a half on my 22" screen. It's hard to pinpoint the exact point you want to scroll to on long songs (smallest increments are 2min skips in some cases).

Like I said, not a big deal, but if Banshee has some huge flaw over RBox I don't know about (and fixes my two pet-peeves about Banshee) I'm switching.

Why RBox over Banshee guys?

also I'm getting an Unlocked HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) in a few days and wanted to know if there were any syncing issues w/ Banshee or R.Box (or I know both will work, are there any advantages one has over the other... like lay-out.

I'm so psyched 'cause I got an iPod Touch (it was free) last year, and I've been having to sync it through Itunes via Windows XP via VirtualBox - which worked fine, but was a huge pain to go through. G1 = Android 1.6 = Linux based = awesomeness = happiness

Zoot7
December 28th, 2009, 01:10 PM
Banshee because it's the only player I've found for Linux that has a good equalizer.
Used to like Exaile and before that Amarok, but because of the removal of the equalizer in the latest versions I abandoned them.

Mark76
December 28th, 2009, 02:33 PM
Decibel Audio Player.

Two reasons

1: It plays the songs on an album in the exact order they're in. Regardless of whether they're ripped or still on a CD.

2: Playing a CD is as easy as changing the explorer from File Explorer to Audio CD. Just remember to activate the Audio CD option and set the path to your CD player in Preferences. Which is a lot less hoops to jump through than I've experienced with other so-called "full featured" players.

nelson2006
December 29th, 2009, 04:40 AM
Audacious!

chucky chuckaluck
December 29th, 2009, 04:51 AM
cplay for the collection and mplayer for streams.

knavarathna92
December 29th, 2009, 05:19 AM
songbird of course.

Roasted
December 30th, 2009, 07:37 PM
I don't know. I'm reeeeeeeeally digging Amarok... been using that lately. Before that I was on Exaile. I only like media players that look at my music folder "as is." I hate it when they sort by ID tags.

MooPi
December 30th, 2009, 07:40 PM
Promoe, a simple straightforward music client based on xmms2. It doesn't try to sync, combine, alter or sort my music collection. That's my job.

chucky chuckaluck
December 31st, 2009, 02:11 AM
whoa! i didn't know vlc had an ncurses interface (vlc -I ncurses, h for help).

ve4cib
December 31st, 2009, 02:46 AM
I'm typically a Rhythmbox user, but I decided a while ago to try Banshee out since I've been hearing good things about it. Banshee's got its nice features, but Rhythmbox feels more polished. Especially on the UI front.

What's with all the wasted space at the top of the window in Banshee? And that tiny, nigh-useless seek bar. And why do I need to open up gconf-editor to set a custom library folder format? If your application is going to support custom formats add a "custom" option to the menu.

But since most of the time my music player stays hidden in the tray I don't really see the UI all that often. And Banshee's icon in Gnome-Colors is much nicer to look at then Rhythmbox's. And both applications seem to play music and deal with my multimedia keyboard without extra configuration, so I can't complain too much about that front.


EDIT:

I forgot to mention that I also went through an Amarok phase for about a year. The only reason I switched back to Rhythmbox was because... well, no good reason, really. I just got lazy and didn't bother uninstalling it and re-installing Amarok. Amarok under Gnome had some minor annoyances, especially with multimedia keys. Nothing serious, and there were easy work-arounds, but not a smooth out-of-the-box feeling like Banshee or Rhythmbox.

I will say that in terms of features and layout customization Amarok is definitely the best of the three iTunes-style media players I've used. And if I was a KDE user I would definitely be using Amarok full-time.

On lightweight systems (like my 2GB "thumbuntu" USB stick installation) I like Audacious. It's got a nice interface, and it does what one would expect of it: it plays music. No real bells and whistles, but it works.

x33a
December 31st, 2009, 04:43 AM
whoa! i didn't know vlc had an ncurses interface (vlc -I ncurses, h for help).
or nvlc.

3Miro
December 31st, 2009, 05:42 AM
I use Gnome and XFCE most of the time, then I use Rhythmbox. When I use KDE (less often) I use Amarok. I voted Amarok.

grumpthehermit
January 14th, 2010, 03:25 AM
Surprised to only see 3 people saying they use moc / mocp

Music on console is awesome, runs in terminal, it's simple, can create and save playlists, can play my samba shared music, can run in the background while I continue to use terminal.

I searched for ages trying to find a player that was simple, that would display my music as a directory tree and not take over everything.

I used Rhythmbox for ages because I needed a player than can play my samba shared music but I always hated the way I felt it it took over my music collection and then told me I had errors if a file was removed or deleted or moved into a different folder.

I still use Rhythmbox for ripping all my cd's to ogg's but after that it's straight into moc.

Cheers
Simon

;)

mamamia88
January 14th, 2010, 03:26 AM
rhytmbox on ubuntu itunes on windows

Nuzair
January 14th, 2010, 03:28 AM
rythmbox :KS:KS:KS:KS:KS

GreyShadow
January 14th, 2010, 03:43 AM
Xmms on Linux and Songbird on the windows partition

Rodney9
January 14th, 2010, 05:01 AM
Vlc

boriskarloffinablender
January 14th, 2010, 05:05 AM
amarok.

yester64
January 14th, 2010, 05:18 AM
I removed Banshee. Nice player but it did not allow me to scan more than one main folder. Once you play from more then one main folder, it moves the folders into the mainfolder. :(

I use Quod Libed now. Good player with a lot of plugins. Lightwave and simple. Is in the repositories.

yekibud
January 17th, 2010, 06:00 AM
Just switched from Rythmbox to mpd + gmpc. How the heck is my wife supposed to pause or change the music when she logs in? You need a client/server audio player for that, as far as I can tell.

My only complaint is that it doesn't seem to be a straight-forward set-up on Ubuntu. So, unfortunately, if I did a clean install of the next Ubuntu version, I couldn't just tell my wife "hey, go get GMPC from the Ubuntu Software Center and we're all set for music." She would have to text edit the conf file, add our music directory, add the mpd group, chown the mpd user to our music directory, and restart the mpd daemon from /etc/init.d - and then I think it would work..

quazi
January 17th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Gmusicbrowser. I can control it through my media keys and everything works pretty well. It's got some issues reading album arts embedded in tags it seems (puts the same random Dylan best off cover on some albums :s) but otherwise it's all good.

Only thing I wish it had was Conky support. It does but I'm too much of a n00b to have understood the instructions :(

All 9,000 songs on my library are tagged, cover arted etc... so it was all a matter of scanning and everything fell right into place. Fast scanning too.
You can also really customize the screen. I like to have the entire library to the left and the now playing to the right (I don't use playlists, I just shuffle through all my stuff).

I tried MPD but it didn't work when I tried telling it my library location for some reason... Wish it had, it's supported by Conky and seems quite nice to use.

I'm going to have to second gmusicbrowser. It's far and away the best GTK music player I've tried, but I'd advise to stay away from the repository version. The most recent development version (http://gmusicbrowser.org/devel.html) seems really stable despite some issues with album art. In my eyes there's simply no contest with the other music players.

Ginsly
January 17th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Other (XMMS2 and Aqualung cos I can't live without gapless playback.....)

super breadfish
January 17th, 2010, 06:35 PM
I've been trying out Decibel out for a few weeks now and it's great.

MooPi
January 17th, 2010, 06:46 PM
I've been trying out Decibel out for a few weeks now and it's great.
If you like Decibel you'll like "Promoe". Nice clone of WinAmp and very light on resources. It just plays music which is all I require and not some all encompassing media player.

chris4585
January 17th, 2010, 07:42 PM
I use Quod Libet 100%.

blithen
January 17th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Cmus all the way.

yekibud
February 7th, 2010, 07:22 AM
Switched from mpd + gmpc to mpd + sonata. Sonata was the only mpd client that would highlight the currently playing song in the playlist! Problem was, it wouldn't start multiple instances - so I was stuck with GMPC and Gimmix. But streams didn't work for me out-of-the-box with GMPC and Gimmix, so I decided to finally go with Sonata, and run it as different users when I need new instances.

In any case, I don't understand why people use applications like Rhythmbox. Sure, if you've just got one machine, it's okay - but it's not scalable for multiple users/machines. MPD + x-client is the only way to go, in my book.

Roasted
February 7th, 2010, 08:25 AM
Just tried out Audacious2. Fricken loving it.

ikt
February 7th, 2010, 09:38 AM
Songbird, was audacious2 before something happened and now it won't open :(

sideaway
February 7th, 2010, 10:57 AM
Tried Many. Amarok 1.4 aaaaaall the way.

scouser73
February 7th, 2010, 12:14 PM
I've gone back to basics and am using Rhythmbox again, infact I should never have changed.

rudihawk
February 7th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Rythmbox - tried all the others. Nothing beats the simplicity of rhythmbox for me. I want a nice GUI player, that is simple and easy to use. I don't care about album art etc.

nothingspecial
February 7th, 2010, 12:34 PM
I have switched full time to guayadeque (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8772188&postcount=1) - check it out and help develop it by testing.

Uncle Spellbinder
February 7th, 2010, 04:24 PM
I have switched full time to guayadeque (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8772188&postcount=1) - check it out and help develop it by testing.
Same here. Having used many a player since coming to Ubuntu 5 years ago, Guayadeque is proving to be the best I've used to date.
And being in development is not a hassle in any way as I am having a blast (as are others) testing (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1380811) Guayadeque.

Techsnap
February 7th, 2010, 04:27 PM
I use VLC.

Странник
February 7th, 2010, 04:27 PM
I am really happy with Rhythmbox.
actually I like Exaile too, however I got used to the interface of rhythmbox

mister_k81
February 7th, 2010, 06:32 PM
Right now: Guayadeque (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1398128) is my current favorite music player.

purgatori
February 7th, 2010, 07:12 PM
I can't belive mpd+n/mpc/pp isn't up there. That's what I use, by the way :P

seeker5528
February 8th, 2010, 10:18 PM
In any case, I don't understand why people use applications like Rhythmbox. Sure, if you've just got one machine, it's okay - but it's not scalable for multiple users/machines. MPD + x-client is the only way to go, in my book.

How do you define 'not scalable'?

http://coherence.beebits.net/wiki/RhythmBox

Sure there are situations where MPD shines and would be preferred, but I expect more commonly people would want some kind of DLNA support in their player of choice for sharing and accessing shared music.

If you don't use a player with built in support Rygel (http://live.gnome.org/Rygel), Mediatomb (http://mediatomb.cc/), and djmount (http://djmount.sourceforge.net/) have their attractions.

Some of the HD TVs have DLNA support built in, not to mention the many media boxes you can get to hook to your TV if the TV doesn't include it or you want something more flexible/feature rich than the TV provides.

MythTV can share content to DLNA clients, XBMC can serve and consume content with DLNA.

Later, Seeker

MacJack
February 8th, 2010, 11:02 PM
I use

on MacPro - VLC - and iTunes about once a month. tho there's a whole lot going on in iTunes lol

on Kubuntu - VLC

I tried XFCE some years ago and very much liked Quod Libet.

no2498
February 9th, 2010, 03:21 AM
i use the 1 aol uses wife sent it to me clicked it it come on ok fine on 804 this box and on 910 on a dell 6400

Ozitraveller
February 9th, 2010, 03:22 AM
I don't use a music player.

Daisuke_Aramaki
February 9th, 2010, 03:31 AM
mpd+ncmpcpp of course.

bededog
February 9th, 2010, 03:45 AM
I use Amarok 2, it has improved a lot. I like how you manage music in Amarok, I don't feel right using other players now.

yekibud
February 9th, 2010, 04:04 AM
@seeker5528:

Thanks for the tips - I'll look into coherence and DLNA. I can't tell off the bat if that will allow me to connect to a central media server from two Rythmbox clients - and I don't think it will solve the problem of starting two clients on different screens in the same user session (which GMPC and Gimmix can do).

If I can get Rythmbox to behave like MPD/Sonata then I'll switch to it for it's richer GUI/features.

Roasted
February 9th, 2010, 07:13 PM
Been using Audacious2 lately.

Sleek, small, does the job, no BS.

khelben1979
February 11th, 2010, 06:56 PM
I use mpg123 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpg123) for mp3:s and Songbird (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songbird_%28software%29) for radio stations.

saif_held
February 11th, 2010, 08:00 PM
Banshee

rimshot4
February 11th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Mplayer caused my laptop to hang about five to fifteen seconds whenever I used the keyboard volume controls. Banshee doesn't have that problem, and I find it prettier.

kelvin spratt
February 11th, 2010, 08:23 PM
I use Atunes it does it all except tranfer to ipod syncs perfect with my mp5 player also use it on win7. If want to rip CD with Ubuntu you have to check the wiki bugs bottom line, directs you to a work around it says icedax is broken in Ubuntu the work around certainly works with Mint Linux, Not as well as in Arch/win7 but not bad.

Grifulkin
February 11th, 2010, 08:29 PM
mpd+ ncmpcpp or ario or gmpc, whatever I feel like, I like gmpc because it works with my media keys.

yekibud
February 14th, 2010, 08:30 PM
@seeker5528: DLNA just enables music sharing between devices/applications. I don't see how this is much better than having clients that can read shared music directories.

So I'm sticking with MPD+Sonata so that I can control music from any computer/screen in my house. Now I just have to figure out how that music player set-up can integrate control with a Boxee media center...

arnab_das
February 14th, 2010, 08:50 PM
atunes looks really good. is it open source (coz i want to try it out and its not in the repos)?

has youtube integration. that seems awesome!

VastOne
February 27th, 2010, 04:55 AM
Guayadeque - G-Que

Great out of the blocks with a hands on developer

And it improves hourly - literally

svn and PPA available

I have wiped out any other player I have used since latching on to this playa

HalfWord
February 27th, 2010, 05:11 AM
I use Audacious. I follow a tradition of using Winamp, then XMMS 1 and this is a logical continuation. I like that kind of light, no-fuss, audio only players with a similar layout.

teKro
February 27th, 2010, 06:11 AM
Songbird
I've been using for a while on Windows and tried it on Ubuntu and works just as fine. Plugins are great, it's easy to install themes, and automatically adds any music I add to my music folder in the library. The only thing that is bugging me at the moment is that the iPod plugin doesn't work with the current version.

n0dix
February 27th, 2010, 06:54 AM
Mpd + ncmpcpp. FTW!!!

Lunx
February 27th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Mostly VLC, occasionally mplayer, rarely rhythmbox.

As a uni student, I also have a heap of audio lectures to listen to, and I have found Miro to be a good way of handling them, 'coz I can keep them together with a heap of video lectures I need as well.

Arkitekt
February 27th, 2010, 07:22 AM
Songbird and XBMC

Khakilang
February 27th, 2010, 07:29 AM
The vote is over. But I would have vote for Rhythm Box anyway.

DubyBreaks
February 27th, 2010, 08:35 AM
After a test drive through the seemingly endless array of media players available, I was most satisfied w/ Banshee and have been using it for about 4 months. It is also the one I voted for, however I am currently giving Guayadeque a test run for a while. I have to admit like it alot, It is quickly winning me over. Love the layout, Loaded my fairly large collection rather fast, lightweight, Has great potential.

Henry Flower
February 27th, 2010, 10:31 AM
GMPC/MPD, supplemented by Audacious for when MPD is having gremlins. Most of the music players available for Linux are thoroughly mediocre clones of iTunes: bloated and inflexible. These two are honourable exceptions.

mojo2012
February 27th, 2010, 11:48 AM
On Mac OS X I use Songbird with Gonzon Kreeger Edition to make it look native.
On Ubuntu I use Rhythmbox most of the time because it looks native and it is supported by Gnome Globalmenu (menu in the top panel). I'm unhappy with the lyrics plugin though. I'd really like to use Songbird because of the better lyrics plugin but it just looks so ugly, regardless of which feather is used.

futz
February 28th, 2010, 06:32 AM
Amarok 1.4
Yup. I've tried em all and nothing is as good as Amarok 1.4 for HUGE collections of psychedelic trance.

Amarok 2 is probably fine for other music, but it sucks for my collection.

Vignesh S
February 28th, 2010, 07:03 AM
Songbird FTW :D

But I might end up going back to Rhythmbox in 10.04 after having a bit of a play around with it in Alpha 3 :).

KyoShibamura
February 28th, 2010, 09:50 AM
Is there any music playing for linux ubuntu 9.10 that will be able to sync an iPod Nano 5G?

Paqman
February 28th, 2010, 10:29 AM
Poll needs multiple choice!

I use Banshee on my desktop, but it's a bit heavyweight for my netbook, so I use Rhythmbox on that.

Cope57
February 28th, 2010, 10:57 AM
Qmmp

alexandari
February 28th, 2010, 11:01 AM
AmaroK ever since I started using linux.

andrek
February 28th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Spotify

kevin11951
February 28th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Banshee is the best ever!!! IMHO

I love its video library feature, although I really wish it was more like iTunes (video thumbnails instead of text lists)

nothingspecial
February 28th, 2010, 11:42 AM
Is there any music playing for linux ubuntu 9.10 that will be able to sync an iPod Nano 5G?

See here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8886333&postcount=229)

RabbitWho
February 28th, 2010, 12:07 PM
The only ones I've tried are Amorak, Rythmbox and Listen (because they're the defaults with each Ubuntu flavor), but listen is by far my favorite, handsome lay out, and I assume because it came with XFCE it's light, which is cool because it does everything I could want it to.

Is banshee Irish? Bean=woman sí=fairy

cokicd
February 28th, 2010, 01:22 PM
gmusicbrowser rules :)

Baneblade
February 28th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Another vote for Banshee here.

SilverDrake11
March 1st, 2010, 09:02 PM
I've tried Rhythmbox, Banshee, and Exaile. The only one I've been fully satisfied with is Exaile.

tjwoosta
March 1st, 2010, 09:41 PM
ncmpcpp

t0p
March 1st, 2010, 10:07 PM
From the poll, I chose "Rhytmbox". LOL! But, as is often the case, reality is a bit more complicated.

If I want to play a single audio file, I will right-click on it and select to open it with Totem. I do this because if I right-click and choose to open with Rhythmbox, the app will open but won't actually play the file. Bloody annoying. But Totem will play the file if selected in this way.

If I want to play a number of files, I use Rhythmbox. I find Rhythmbox much better than Totem in this case.

Sometimes I will use vlc to play audio files. Why? Why not? vlc is great.

The Toxic Mite
March 1st, 2010, 10:15 PM
Rhythmbox because it rocks :D

nvsbl
March 1st, 2010, 10:25 PM
I was a very loyal Foobar2000 user, when I was a victim of the Windows virus.

On Ubuntu, I started out using Amarok, and since then I've been from Songbird through Rhythmbox, and currently I'm still with Banshee. Perhaps this will change in the future, only time will tell.

weresheep
March 2nd, 2010, 12:00 AM
I used to use Rhythmbox but found it to be really slow and the lack of gapless playback was annoying. I then tried CMUS and quite liked it but found it a bit too complicated. I then moved to MOC and have not had the desire to move since.

I find MOC suits my usability model better than anything else I've tried. I love how easy it is to add tracks and directories to the playlist and combined with the incremental search MOC is just super fast to navigate. Plus, being a CLI application means I can use the same program on my desktop as on my (headless) server, which is cool :D

I think the only feature MOC doesn't have that I miss is Replay Gain support, but I can live without that.

-weresheep

dosox
March 2nd, 2010, 01:11 AM
I use songbird

Vostrocity
March 2nd, 2010, 01:24 AM
I used to be a Rhythmbox user, but Banshee has a far and away better interface and a few better features.

PC_load_letter
March 2nd, 2010, 08:32 AM
Voted Exaile. I was always a big fan of small (gui wise) and to the point music players. Was never an iTunes, Rhythembox, Songbird fan, well, maybe Songbird gets some use, sometimes :D

I was using Amarok 1.4 since Feisty, and it was great, but since Amarok 2 still has some way to go to get where 1.4 was, and since I'm a Gnome guy, Exaile was a godsend.

The only problem I used to have with it was absence of EQ, but not anymore. I'm using v.0.3.1b and the equalizer is working like a charm (even though I ditched PA). Add to this the nice offering of plugins, and I think it's already an AWESOME player. With a plugin to browse the LibriVox free audio book online library, I'm in heaven.

EDIT: Oh, and it's written in Python, how cool is that.

Maupertus
May 28th, 2010, 04:43 PM
Used to use Amarok, but then came 2.0, then I used Rhythmbox a lot. I still do, but it lacks the power to keep my files organised for me (I know, media libraries should make this not necessary, but I'm a clean freak in real life and on my pc) So now I use gMusicplayer a lot, and it rock. :)

pwnst*r
May 28th, 2010, 04:47 PM
Foobar.

Richard85
June 3rd, 2010, 05:36 AM
I started out using XMMS on gutsy because I had just switched from Windows to Ubuntu and I was used to winamp. Then when I bought my new laptop with 8.04 on it, I started using rhythmbox because of its similarity to itunes but stopped after a while because of ID3tag issues. Then I switched to Amarok (because it read my tags correctly!) which I've been using for the past two years. Recently, I updated to 10.04 from 8.04 and with it Amarok updated to its latest release. The new layout was a bit confusing at first but I figured out how to access my collection after visiting the amarok website. It took only a short while to realize that the newest amarok release WAS NOT ****ING READING MY TAGS CORRECTLY.
Now I'm looking for a new musicplayer. I just downloaded Exaile but really I'm looking for anything that will read my id3tags correctly.

Shazzam6999
June 3rd, 2010, 06:01 AM
Ncmpc... uses basically no system resources, extremely simple, and does the only thing I want my music player to do... play music. It helps that my mp3 player just requires me to drag and drop file so there's no syncing involved.

gemmakaru
June 3rd, 2010, 09:22 AM
Exaile, as I like the county music radio stations.

nerdtron
June 3rd, 2010, 02:06 PM
I use windows media player 12, oops sorry i'm using iTunes, oops sorry again.

Lachinchon
June 4th, 2010, 03:31 AM
I haven't found one yet that I like, but sure wish I could. On Windows, Mediamonkey rules and I tend to boot into Windows a lot just to use it.
On Ubuntu, here are my gripes about the choices:

Rhythmbox: aside from the GUI being dull and boring, the single thing I detest about it, is that it will not stop playing! What I mean, is that if I set up a temporary playlist, populated by whatever random songs strike my fancy (lets call that a 'dynamic playlist'), when the last song ends, R-box starts playing whatever was last highlighted in my collection list. Super annoying! It also has to be selected from the Apps menu twice before it will open up.

Banshee: the "play queue" apparently intends to be a dynamic playlist, which I like, but it has the opposite problem of Rhythmbox - it will not keep playing all the songs in the queue unless they were all placed there at the same time! You cannot add songs to the queue while another is playing - well, you can add the songs, but Banshee will not keep playing through the list.

Amarok: always crashes in Gnome.

Exaile: very plain, but would be serviceable if it had a simple mechanism for creating a queue/playlist just by dragging to it whatever song(s) I select at any given moment. No such function.

QuodLibet: too basic; lacks too many functions (like the dynamic playlist I have been referring to).

Maybe I am missing something on all of these, but they have all frustrated me in one way or another. Mediamonkey is windows only, and Songbird has abandoned Linux. Someone please tell me that the Holy Grail of music players has just missed my notice.

Shazzam6999
June 4th, 2010, 04:51 AM
I use windows media player 12, oops sorry i'm using iTunes, oops sorry again.

Hey, whatever works for you. It's not like listening to music through iTunes instead of Rhythmbox takes away from your listening experience. Well, at least it's never really mattered for me.

WinterRain
June 4th, 2010, 07:32 AM
Vlc

sxmaxchine
June 4th, 2010, 07:36 AM
i mainly use rhythmbox when I'm multitasking but if im just using pc for music and video i will use banshee.

elliotn
June 4th, 2010, 07:41 AM
Guatema

larsenguitars
June 4th, 2010, 08:51 AM
Amarok
Always Amarok

I hate KDE, I love Gnome

I've never had much trouble running Amarok under Gnome, (nothing that wasn't easily rectified anyway).
I just wish someone would make Amarok for Gnome, so all those kde libraries didn't have to come along for the ride.

HermanAB
June 4th, 2010, 09:23 AM
Well, the trouble is that most music players make it more difficult to play your music, rather than easier. So I mostly use Xmms, otherwise Mplayer.

Things like Banshee, Amarok, Rhythmbox and the like are fine if you have about 10 albums, but once you have 100 GB of .ogg files, they don't work anymore, since they insist on scanning all ten bazillion files - god knows why - and connect to obscure web sites to download junk cover art. So these players become slow, clunky and unworkable.

For me, the best way to play music is to select it in a file browser and click play with Xmms or Mplayer, or to right click in Xmms and play a directory.

Tweep Cat
June 4th, 2010, 09:26 AM
I use Rhythmbox. It is easy enough to use and I am just getting to grips with Ubuntu.

Actually, does anyone know of a media player that allows you to broadcast - such as Winamp (although a plugin is required)?

sica07
June 4th, 2010, 10:05 AM
cplay for the collection and mplayer for streams.

mocp for the collection and mplayer for streams.

larsenguitars
June 4th, 2010, 10:56 AM
Things like Banshee, Amarok, Rhythmbox and the like are fine if you have about 10 albums, but once you have 100 GB of .ogg files, they don't work anymore, since they insist on scanning all ten bazillion files - god knows why - and connect to obscure web sites to download junk cover art. So these players become slow, clunky and unworkable.

Actually, I own so many albums I can't even give you a number.
According to Amarok it's 4953 tracks. Never been slow for me.

Paqman
June 4th, 2010, 11:00 AM
I use Banshee, and I just found out the other day it now has support for the U1 Music Store. Nice!

I do use Rhythmbox on my netbook, but only because it doesn't have enough smash to run Banshee.

seeker5528
June 5th, 2010, 12:31 AM
Well, the trouble is that most music players make it more difficult to play your music, rather than easier. So I mostly use Xmms, otherwise Mplayer.

If you just want a simple music player you might try QMMP, but the version available in Lucid might still be too much of a work in progress.

http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/qmmp
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/libqmmp-misc
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/qmmp-plugin-projectm

Later, Seeker

jaminthorns
July 15th, 2010, 09:21 PM
I use to use Banshee but eventually got sick of its tolls on my memory and the fact that it compressed all of my album art, which made everything look real crappy. Because of this I switched to Rhythmbox which is leaner, more native, and faster.

Linye
July 15th, 2010, 09:26 PM
Actually, I own so many albums I can't even give you a number.
According to Amarok it's 4953 tracks. Never been slow for me.

5000 tracks it's like 1/4 of what he's saying.

ubunterooster
July 15th, 2010, 09:48 PM
Exaile and Xnoise for me. Simple and lightweight

Maupertus
July 16th, 2010, 09:58 AM
Well, the trouble is that most music players make it more difficult to play your music, rather than easier. So I mostly use Xmms, otherwise Mplayer.

Things like Banshee, Amarok, Rhythmbox and the like are fine if you have about 10 albums, but once you have 100 GB of .ogg files, they don't work anymore, since they insist on scanning all ten bazillion files - god knows why - and connect to obscure web sites to download junk cover art. So these players become slow, clunky and unworkable.

For me, the best way to play music is to select it in a file browser and click play with Xmms or Mplayer, or to right click in Xmms and play a directory.

One of the reasons why I actually like Rhythmbox is the fact that you can turn of crap like the album art window. Apart from that, I've made a June-project of encoding all my cd's to mp3 (alas I got an iPod for my birthday) and with 90Gigs of Music, Rhythmbox hasn't even blinked.

Rhythmbox has a much cleaner interface then all the other musicplayers I've tried. I don't like the fact that Banshee wants to be a vid-player as well and I think it's interface wants to give me too much information, where I only want to listen to music. Exaile just looks horrible, claims to be like Amarak 1.4 but does not in any way offer the cool things Amarok could do except the basic window lay-out.

I like gMusicplayer, as it can keep my files organized in the music folder (something I loved in Amarok and the only thing I liked about iTunes and miss in Rhythmbox) but it's interface needs a lot of work, it doesn't have the same level of integration that Banshee and Rhythmbox offer in Ubuntu and it has a quirky approach to playlists/library with which I still wrestle a bit. It is however THE best music manager I have used in ages. It has replaced Amarok as my Gnome music manager because it can not only order my physical files, but it has great tagging and editing options that make it a snap to keep everything in order.

I know it's a bit outdated to have this approach to the filesystem and structure, but hey, us neat-freaks need to get their daily dose of order from something. :)

(Now if only I could limit my music player install to 1, I would be enormously happy)

Bapun007
July 16th, 2010, 10:16 AM
I am using mplayer.

ubunterooster
July 16th, 2010, 11:02 AM
Exaile just looks horrible, claims to be like Amarak 1.4 but does not in any way offer the cool things Amarok could do except the basic window lay-out
I can not disagree but really don't care how anything looks

Maupertus
July 16th, 2010, 11:13 AM
I can not disagree but really don't care how anything looks

I agree that looks aren't very important in a music player, but it does if it detracts from the user experience and makes things more complicated then they need to be, which I found to be the case with Exaile. It was my major beef with Amarok when I had it installed next to Rhythmbox just to do tag editing and file management. I wouldn't use it because I was annoyed by the clutter where rhythmbox just did what I wanted it to do with a couple of simple buttons. Nothing more, nothing less.

Legendary_Bibo
July 16th, 2010, 11:21 AM
Rhythmbox was just there when I used Karmic and I really liked it; it was fast, and did the basic things I wanted it to do like organizing and indexing my music and it had a shuffle feature, and it wasn't resource intensive. I find it better than iTunes as a music player personally. I like the layout pretty much as well.

olzak
July 16th, 2010, 11:30 AM
I use Rhytmbox, but I like also Amarok. I don't want install Amarok because with it comes lot of KDE stuff and I'm Gnome user. I don't want all those KDE stuff.

bruno9779
July 16th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Guayadeque

GlazedDonut
July 16th, 2010, 12:06 PM
MPD :biggrin:

Bapun007
July 16th, 2010, 02:25 PM
From the beginning i m using mplayer and not change that yet . But rhytmbox is also good .

nothingspecial
July 16th, 2010, 02:33 PM
Well, the trouble is that most music players make it more difficult to play your music, rather than easier. So I mostly use Xmms, otherwise Mplayer.

Things like Banshee, Amarok, Rhythmbox and the like are fine if you have about 10 albums, but once you have 100 GB of .ogg files, they don't work anymore, since they insist on scanning all ten bazillion files - god knows why - and connect to obscure web sites to download junk cover art. So these players become slow, clunky and unworkable.

For me, the best way to play music is to select it in a file browser and click play with Xmms or Mplayer, or to right click in Xmms and play a directory.

You should give Guayadeque a whirl Herman, it has all those album art features and stuff BUT it`s main purpose is to be fast and use little resources even for huge collections. Anything that gets in the way of the prime directive (as it were) is out. Plus, you tell the developer about any bugs and he`s usually fixed it in an hour or so.

gnomeuser
July 16th, 2010, 04:11 PM
I love its video library feature, although I really wish it was more like iTunes (video thumbnails instead of text lists)

It is likely to be using the grid view in the future, it hasn't really been touched in a while so maybe the time has come to polish the many views we have to take advantage of all our new functionality.

Right now though the push is to get the new hardware layer tested and merged. This will bring with it amongst other things improved mtp and iPhone support. A PPA should be available shortly to help test this.

L4U
July 16th, 2010, 05:35 PM
aTunes all the way.

arsenic23
July 16th, 2010, 05:39 PM
Amarok to manage and create playlists, mplayer to play them.

My media PC can switch between any set of speakers in the house, so I just start up playlists over a terminal in mplayer and then switch my music to whatever room I'm using.

samalex
July 16th, 2010, 05:56 PM
I haven't tried Amarok in 10.04, but on 9.04 it was horribly unstable for me crashing quite often. I've used Rhythmbox both on 9.04 and 10.04, and for streaming audio, podcasts, playing local stuff, and now with Ubuntu One, it leaves little to be desired. Also it's quite stable (never crashed on me anyway), so that's a plus.

Sam

pinguy
July 16th, 2010, 10:16 PM
I really like aTunes, but its so clunky to use and it looks awful.

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/6840/spiralrobertnickson100b.th.jpg (http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/6840/spiralrobertnickson100b.jpg)

Really wish it had a GTK+ GUI and wasn't written in java. This could be such a great player with all the functionality it's got.

Redo
July 17th, 2010, 12:21 AM
Foobar2000

None of the linux native players come close, and it works great in Wine. If Exaile gained a few more features and stopped glitching on me I would consider switching.

ssri
July 23rd, 2010, 03:44 AM
Mediamonkey. In my linux install I use a compiled amarok 1.4.10 and compiled xine-libs. Mediamonkey is fast and I feel that I have a lot more control over my large music collection than any linux players I've tried. I can display any field (usually comments) in my sidebar a la amarok's context menu. The number of options I could use to organize my collection is surprising for a windows program. Granted amarok 1.4.10 (with mysql) beats it for query searches, but the speed of smart playlist queries are pretty close. Also, for managing a smaller local collection, the only player that comes close to foobar2000 is deadbeef. Deadbeef is missing some playlist binding functionality I liked using in foobar2000 though. Hopefully the devs will take a look at my feature request for it.

ubunterooster
July 23rd, 2010, 04:01 AM
Foobar2000

None of the linux native players come close, and it works great in Wine. If Exaile gained a few more features and stopped glitching on me I would consider switching.
When exaile got to glitchy for a while, I escpaed to Xnoise http://code.google.com/p/xnoise/

SoFl W
July 23rd, 2010, 04:09 AM
I don't really care about a music player that much so Rhthymbox was fine. However I wanted an equalizer, so I started using Guayadeque (how do you pronounce that?)

I wanted to give Banshee a try but when I used the package manger it gave me a warning about downloading the software... which is strange because I was using the package manger to try and download it. Said it was unsupported or something?

aviedw
July 23rd, 2010, 04:22 AM
I use banshee but I've been hearing great things about songbird. Many insist that its very similar to apples itunes. Last time I used it, it was so buggy. And I could only compile it. I think ill give it a shot tonight. But there is one thing that I would hope all these players would improve on is album look up feature. Its such a pain added album art work and track names.

nmaster
July 23rd, 2010, 04:28 AM
songbird. i don't mind that it doesn't have linux support anymore. i really like how it organizes my directories.