What’s music to you? Ask this question to people & answers will different. Some would say that its how they enjoy life, some would say it helps them sleep better after a hard day’s work & for some it just make them feel good about them & their surroundings. It can be said without doubt that everybody loves music in one form or another & Linux lovers are no different.
This post is for those Linux lovers who enjoys music & are looking for a music player for their UBUNTU & Linux Mint systems. Though there are many music players available for Linux lovers but we have prepared a list of ‘Top 8 music players for Ubuntu and Linux Mint‘
RhythmBox is the default music player for many Linux distributions including Ubuntu. It is nice music player with support for most of the audio formats. It is designed using Gstreamer media framework, basically for GNOME desktop but works well on other desktop environments as well.
It can import music automatically from MUSIC folder & also supports music import from other sources as well like Ipod, Audio CDs etc. If you like listening to Podcasts, Rhytmbox supports those too. You can listen to Podcasts either from itunes, Miroguide.com or can provide your URLs too. One can also integrate with online music services like SoundCloud.
Overall it’s a nice, simple designed music player which provides a lot of features & support for additional plugins. Though its available by default on Ubuntu systems (12.04 & up), if needed it can be installed by running following command from terminal,
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$sudo apt-get install rhythmbox
2) VLC player
VLC player is not only a music player but also supports video playback. Its one the most powerful media player on the planet & provides support for almost all the audio & video formats. It is not only available for Linux but also for Windows & MAC systems as well.
Though its interface might seem a little out-dated & dull but its features surely made up for that, moreover you can always use themes to make VLC look more beautiful.. It supports settings for various sound effects/filters & you can also install additional plugins to make this powerful media player more powerful. To install VLC on your system, run
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get install vlc
This music player will appeal to every Linux user who loves CLI(Command Line Interface). CMUS is a music player that is based on command line interface & is undoubtedly the best CLI music player out there. & since it uses CLI, it is very light in memory use (around 4-6 mb in our case) & makes a good choice for Low-end systems.
It is pretty simple to use & you can control it via commands entered through keyboard. It supports all the audio formats you can throw at it & also boasts a series of good features like play queue, gapless music, playlists filter & also supports music streaming. Install CMUS using the command
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get install cmus
Banshee is an open source cross platform music player that can run on Linux, Windows & MAC operating systems. Its also based on Gstreamer multimedia platform & can play various media formats, including but not limited to Ogg Vorbis, FLAC.
It can import & play audio files from CD/DVDs, Android devices, IPods etc & also supports online music streaming, as well as support for listening podcasts. You can further customize & enhance its functionality by using various plugins available .
Even though its last update came in 2014 but still it’s one of the best music player around. Install Banshee by running the following command in your terminal,
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get install banshee
Clementine is another music player that is light on memory & apart from usual features any music player supports, it also has support for online streaming & you can also play music files from Google drive, One drive etc.
It also has series of advanced options built-in &you can find options ranging from built-in conversion tools to visualizers to support for remote control (android app). Install it on your system by running,
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$sudo apt-get install clementine
DeaDBeef is another powerful music player that does not require any major dependencies for GNOME or KDR like Gstreamer to run on Ubuntu/Linux Mint systems. It supports all the features provided by majority of the music players like support for popular audio formats, podcast streaming, plugins support etc. along with some additional features like live design mode, basic metadata editing & CLI playback. Run the following commands from terminal to install deadbeef muysic player.
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ wget http://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/deadbeef/debian/deadbeef-static_0.7.2-2_amd64.deb linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ dpkg -i deadbeef-static_0.7.2-2_amd64.deb
Tomahawk as music player for modern generation, it provides strong support for online streaming of music . Tomahawk uses plugins for streaming support, so if you are not into music streaming you can just disable the plugin & listen to music from system directories.Its UI(User Interface) is modern yet simple & easy to navigate.
Install tomahawk on your Ubuntu & Mint systems by running the following commands,
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get update linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get install tomahawk
Audacious is one the most light weight & very simple music player available for Ubuntu. It does not support any of the features like online streaming or podcast streaming but can play any music files stored on your system storage. Although it support some plugins to enable some extra features like equalizer, lyrics fetching etc.
Audacious is basically for those music lovers who listens to music, the traditional way. To install audacious on your system, run
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get install audacious
Apart from above list we can also use Lollypop music player on Ubuntu and Linux Mint.Refer the below commands to install lollypop
linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt-get update linuxtechi@linuxarena:~$ sudo apt install lollypop
All these music players are good options for Ubuntu & Linux Mint but a choice among these is purely based on personal preferences. If you think that we missed out on your favourite music player, please do leave comments in the comments section below.