Music player of choice for gnome

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  1. steve161

    steve161 Registered Member

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    While it seems to me that Amarok rules the roost for kde, there is quite the healthy debate over the best player for gnome. While I like Rhythmbox, the absence of an equalizer (I'm not compiling) and the seeming inability to drag and drop from my music folder has led me to Audacious as my main player and exaile as a backup (I always install two of everything).
    I not asking which player is better. I just would like to see what members choose as their player, and why.
    Kde'ers, of course, can jump in.
     
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    I am 100% sure you mean 'Audacious'. I find both Banshee and Rhythmbox sound somehow better. Having said that, still haven't tried the latest Audacious.
    If you don't have the winamp presets you can get them here:-

    wget http://www.xmms.org/misc/winamp_presets.gz
    gunzip -c winamp_presets.gz > ~/.config/audacious/eq.preset

    Regards
     
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    Oops , will now use magic edit button.

    Cool. Thanks. I have a lot of live music and some compilations and I find Rhythmbox and banshee don't list them properly. Many unknowns and some missing songs. I probably have not spent enough time exploring the various options and am just prefer a simple drag and drop method. Also, I like some of the audacious plugins. The extra stereo plugin really helps with the sound quality with my tiny, cheap laptop speakers.
     
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    Goggles Music Manager

    Probably one of the best. Supports Replay Gain and gapless playback.

    Have you tried it ?
     
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    Will check it out Ocky. Thanks. I have since dumped Audacious and am using exaile and banshee (added the ppa for banshee).
     
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    List of audio players - filched from Ubuntu forums. If you have the time .. :ouch:

    Audio players:-

    1. Rhythmbox 2. Banshee 3. Exaile 4. Listen 5. Decibel

    6. Gmusicbrowser 7. Quod Libet 8. Amarok 9. Songbird 10. atunes

    11. Youki 12. Audacious 13. Christine 14. Gejengel 15. muine

    16. Quark 17. juk 18. sonata 19. Gimmix 20. Aqualung

    21. Bluemindo 22. Pympd 23. Mesk 24. GMPC 25. Goggles Music Manager

    26. Jajuk 27. lsongs 28. jukes


    Jajuk looks good and is in the repos. However replay gain I think is only supported in the newer versions.
    " * status changed from new to closed.
    * resolution changed from None to fixed.

    Done in 1.8, added volnorm option in advanced tab of preferences view."


    The newer versions are available from:- http://sourceforge.net/projects/jajuk/
     
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    lxmusic
     
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    I still like Songbird :thumb: BTW, and maybe a bit ot sort of, but need to mention this. Last night got some dvd rentals for the kids. My son wanted to play his on the computer. Okay I thought np, just bring up Nero showtime. Always worked before. Unfortunately, not this time. Some stupid error and whatnot. WMP is also useless. No go. So I thought maybe give Linux a try. Bring up Mint 8, pop the dvd in and, lo & behold disk is recognized immediately suggesting open with Totem. Worked perfectly without a hitch. Just another instance where Linux, during my venture, can something better than Windows :)
     
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    I've been running Exaile forever. It's the only one that I find sorts my music the way I like, or closest to (I strip all tags and only keep artist and song name)
     
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    Rhythmbox, simply does what I need it to do.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    Exaile is an Amarok clone (or tries to be) and I find it pretty good in functionality but just ugly in interface. That leaves Audacious, RhythmBox and a few others. Out of those, I would say Rhythmbox. I too was disappointed when I found it had no EQ, but I downloaded the plugin and it works great. The install was simple. After getting the EQ working I would put Rhythmbox right up there against Amarok, with Amarok getting a slight edge.
     
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    Banshee does it all, from lyrics, eq, wiki to ipod to video to many many more, its the most rounded music player for Linux platform and many of my Windows users yearn for it as well.
     
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    Only problem with Banshee is it's written in C# using Mono. A lot of Linux FOSS purists hate that for ideological reasons (mainly that M$ owns C# and can sue at any time).
     
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    You know there are lots MS can sue Open Source for but I guess time will tell, for now Mono is part of couple of Linux distros, specifically Ubuntu and apps like Banshee, Tomboy etc. continue to be in forefront. Likewise if MS gets sue happy, there are lots that UNIX and Open Source can also go for as well.
     
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    one more Rhythmbox fan LOL
     
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    Actually its very good except that it doesn't handle video, thats why Banshee fills the void.
     
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    for playing video + audio i use VLC :)
     
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    Another new one is Guayadeque - looks promising. The homepage is here, and there is also a ppa for Ubuntu.
     
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    I use vlc for online radio, for playlist and general interface, it has a long way to go compared to banshee.
     
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    I like Rhythmbox because of its support for Last.fm. I just love listening to music that is ignored by traditional AM/FM radio.
     
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    For those who insist on an equalizer, Exaile (at least from the Ubuntu repos) has one now.
     
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    Banshee has it too and there is a way to implement system wide equalizer via Pulse as well.
     
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