21 Best Music Players That Are Worth Trying On Linux

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Gunjit Khera

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28 Responses

  1. Dean says:

    I’m surprised mpg123 didn’t make the list. It’s a terminal/console based player but unlike some that use ncurses or are a TUI, mpg123 is a command line mp3 player along the lines of aplay/play. It’s low overhead is why I like it. Simply run it by issuing: mpg123 and it plays it. You can loop the file or use wild card as in *.mp3 for all mp3 files or use a file @ for a playlist.

  2. Mangler says:

    Sayonara is my current favorite.

  3. Albert says:

    Thank you for this useful comparison! I find that many players do not run on ARM platforms (e.g. Pi). What players would be suitable for ARM and provide a dsp (e.g. resampler)? I did quite some research myself but to no avail yet…

    Hope you can help.

  4. Serge Aleksson says:

    best gtk player is deadbeef, best console player is moc

  5. jeb bush says:

    Pragha, Noise

  6. Tim says:

    One of the things that make Quod Libet really stand out is that it does not restrict you to using the official tag keys, something I’ve always been really annoyed with in almost every other player.

    You can make up whatever tags you like with QL, and since it’s interface is built dynamically (programmed by you in a simple markup language which can show info conditionally), it can look like this: http://imgur.com/5FrtwG0

  7. Lucas says:

    Thanks for introducing to Tomahawk! This music player rocks! Fast start-up, modern and easy UI, many options. My favorite.

  8. Serge says:

    Also Musique and Gnome music player very cool program

    • Gunjit Khera says:

      Thanks for updating about them and being a regular follower of tecmint.
      Stay Connected :-)

    • Juan Carlos Alpízar says:

      I love Gnome Music UI, but I don’t like how restrictive it is with options and that took me to this article: doesn’t allow many (or any) customization options, you’re limited to the Music folder, you can’t open files from Nautilus directly and you can’t even set it up as the default app for audio.

      Hopefully I’ll find a replacement among this list, which is by far the most complete I’ve seen in a while, thanks tecmint for the great article :)

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