Linux is not actually a music machine Buts has some great apps that can help you relax with your favorite music. The open source nature of Linux ecosystem makes it best suited for any application and so listening to music can be one among. Today, we will take a look at three of the best music players for your linux machine.
Rhythmbox is a music player and library for tagged files that supports various music formats. It is the default music application that comes along with a Gnome installation. It is a popular app only for the reason that it is bundled with Gnome. RhythmBox comes pre-installed with distros like Ubuntu and Fedora. It supports MP3 and OGG, plus about a dozen other file formats, as well as Internet Radio, iPod integration, the playing of audio files, audio CD burning and playback, music sharing, and podcasts. Rhythmbox can also browse and play sounds from SoundCloud, via built-in SoundCloud plugin.
Apart form listening to music, it’s music library allows to easily manage the music on your desktop or laptop. It lets you create static playlists by dragging and dropping from the library view. The player also supports transfer of music files to iPod, MTP(Android phones use this protocol) and USB Mass Storage music players.
The inbuilt Web remote control plugin lets you control your Rhythmbox remotely with a Web browser.
Amarok is a powerful open-source music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. The application is part of the KDE project but is also released independently of the central KDE Software Compilation release cycle. Although it is the KDE music player, you certainly can use it with any other desktop environment.
Amarok serves many functions in addition to the basic function of playing music files. It can be used to organize a library of music into folders according to genre, artist, and album, can edit tags attached to most music formats, associate album art, attach lyrics, and automatically “score” music by keeping play count statistics.
The application plays a huge list of music formats, but its main advantage is the abundance of plugins. The integration with various web services such as Ampache, Jamendo Service, Last.fm, Librivox, MP3tunes, Magnatune, and OPML Podcast Directory makes it even more popular choice.
VLC is a very popular name when it comes to movie players. But it also does a great job as a music player too, as it has the largest collection of codecs. VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream media over computer networks and to transcode multimedia files. If you can’t play a file with it, it’s unlikely you will be able to open it with any other player.
VLC is a highly customizable player, and there are a lot of extensions for it. It runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android, etc. Portable version of VLC can be installed or run directly from a USB flash drive or other external drive. It is a great choice when you usually deal with a variety of file formats on your machine.
Remember the days when Winamp(on Windows) was the most popular music player on desktops? Qmmp brings back the look and feel of Winamp to Linux.
It isn’t the most feature-rich (or stable) Linux music player and it’s (relatively) lightweight and has a decent feature set. Qmmp plays most of the popular ones such as MPEG1 layer 2/3, Ogg Vorbis and Opus, Native FLAC/Ogg FLAC, Musepack, WavePack, tracker modules (mod, s3m, it, xm, etc.), ADTS AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Monkey’s Audio (and other formats provided by FFmpeg library), PCM WAVE (and other formats provided by libsndfile library), Midi, SID, and Chiptune formats (AY, GBS, GYM, HES, KSS, NSF, NSFE, SAP, SPC, VGM, VGZ, and VTX).
It is a perfect one, especially if your machine is a bit old in terms of its specifications. It doesn’t crash and won’t have any memory issues. You can continue to do your tasks while the music plays in the background.
It is hard to conclude a single one as best music player as it depends on the needs. Looking at the feature set, VLC tops the list but it doesn’t mean that Rhythmbox and Amarok are less equipped. They deliver what they are build for with no issues. And Qmmp is for those minimalistic people.
I suggest you try them out and see which one suits you the best.