Top 10 Media Players For Ubuntu Linux

1. VLC media player for Ubuntu

Open Synaptic application > Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.
In Settings -> Repositories, make sure you have an universe repository activated.
Search for vlc and install it. You should install vlc-plugin-pulse and mozilla-plugin-vlc as well. If you are interested in streaming or transcoding, you should additionnally install libavcodec-extra-52 from a multiverse repository.
Command way – You need to check that a universe mirror is listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

2. Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.

3. SongBird

songbird screenshot music managment

  • Manage your music, sync your library, build playlists. Browse, search, sort. Songbird makes it simple.
  • Seeing is believing. Crystal clear playback, seamless streaming. Now playing in Songbird.
  • mashTape scours the Web to bring you video, photos, news and more for every song you play.
  • Sync your handheld and get your media to go. Songbird supports the latest generation of hot new phones.
  • Songkick automatically notifies you when your favorite bands come to town, and you can purchase tickets straight from the app!

4. MPlayer

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.

Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the Siemens DVB, DXR2 and DXR3/Hollywood+. MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1,2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub). DVD subtitles (SPU streams, VOBsub and Closed Captions) are supported as well.

Amarok 2.4 Beta screenshot

5. Amarok 2.3.2

This release brings with it much requested bugfixes for some long-standing bugs. Specifically, Dynamic Collection has received fixes and should now work better with external hard drives and USB mass storage devices (Collection directories on these media will need to be rescanned for the changes to take effect). The Collection Browser now refreshes properly after a full rescan, fixing a bug where it would show incorrectly cached entries until Amarok was restarted.

6. Banshee 1.8

Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Sync your Android, iPod, and other devices. We think you’ll love the new Banshee!

Device Sync
Sync your music and videos to your Android, iPod, iPhone, or other device – or import its media
Podcasts
Download or stream podcasts and video podcasts
Play Queue
Queue up songs, videos, and podcasts, or let the Auto DJ take over
Shuffle Modes
Shuffle (or Auto DJ) by artist, album, rating, or even songs’ acoustic similarity
Album Art
Cover art is immediately fetched for your music
Powerful Search, Smart Playlists
Find exactly what you want, fast

banshee-slide-music-browser-screenshot

7. Audacious 2.4

Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK2, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs.

Its advanced audio playback engine is considerably more powerful than GStreamer. Audacious is a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which itself forked from XMMS.

Audacious is an advance screenshot

8. quodlibet – audio library tagger, manager, and player for GTK+

Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It’s designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don’t worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports — Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP3, Musepack, and MOD.

Quod Libet easily scales to libraries of thousands of songs. It also supports most of the features you expect from a modern media player, like Unicode support, multimedia keys, and tag editing.

Ex Falso is a program that uses the same tag editing backend as Quod Libet, but isn’t connected to an audio player. If you’re perfectly happy with your favorite player and just want something that can handle tagging, Ex Falso is for you.

Ex Falso and Quod Libet have been tested on many GNU/Linux distributions, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Windows. Anywhere with GTK+ 2.12, Python, and an OSS or ALSA compatible audio device should be able to use it.

9. Listen, a music management and playback for GNOME

Listen, a music management and playback for GNOME

Listen is an audio player written in Python. Thanks to it, you can easily organize your music collections. It supports many features such as Podcasts management, browse Shoutcast directory. It provides a direct access to lyrics, lastfm and wikipedia informations. It intuitively creates playlists for you by retrieving informations from lastfm and what you most frequently listen to.

10. XMMSXMMS screenshot

XMMS is a multimedia player for unix systems. XMMS stands for X MultiMedia System and can play media files such as MP3, MOD’s, WAV and others with the use of Input plugins.  XMMS is mainly targeted at music playback, but through thirdparty plugins some rudimentary video capabilities exists, but there are much better systems other than XMMS for video support.  It was modeled after winamp from the Windows operating system. XMMS is not a port of Winamp but was written from scratch by Mikael and Peter Alm.

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