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View Poll Results: Audio Media Player Application of the Year
amaroK 45 11.57%
Aqualung 3 0.77%
aTunes 0 0%
Audacious 50 12.85%
Banshee 16 4.11%
Clementine 47 12.08%
cmus 8 2.06%
DeaDBeef 16 4.11%
Exaile 1 0.26%
gmusicbrowser 2 0.51%
MOC 8 2.06%
MPD 18 4.63%
mpg123 7 1.80%
mpg321 1 0.26%
Nightingale 1 0.26%
Quod Libet 5 1.29%
RhythmBox 16 4.11%
Sonata 1 0.26%
VLC 120 30.85%
XMMS 19 4.88%
XMMS2 5 1.29%
Pragha 0 0%
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:12 PM   #46
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Voted for Audacious.
 
Old 01-30-2015, 03:37 PM   #47
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WinAmp via Wine

Honestly, I don't like any of the Linux players, XMMS, although modeled after WinAmp is klunky and unreliable. I'm using WinAmp under Wine.
 
Old 02-01-2015, 08:23 PM   #48
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Its still mplayer, because it works on a text based system

mplayer can be scripted e.g. for a text based computer, or for an appliance without a screen, for non-sighted persons to use.
 
Old 02-02-2015, 02:47 PM   #49
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Audacious. It's just terrific! It's fast, it works, and it has all the features I want. I can't be bothered setting up a bloody daemon just to listen to some bloody music (buh-bye mpd & xmms2, I hardly knew ye).
 
Old 02-03-2015, 02:22 AM   #50
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A really good musicplayer for Linux still has to be released. The two that seem promising, but have never made it to stability, are Rhythmbox and Banshee, but both have serious deficiencies, lack features and are unstable. So while I use Banshee, it's a case of not having much of a choice.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 12:23 AM   #51
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Although I use MOC, it is cool to see DeadBeef getting some respect. Well deserved and assuredly worth a test drive if you place value on sound quality over bells and whistles.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 01:06 AM   #52
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A really good musicplayer for Linux still has to be released. The two that seem promising, but have never made it to stability, are Rhythmbox and Banshee, but both have serious deficiencies, lack features and are unstable. So while I use Banshee, it's a case of not having much of a choice.
Banshee has vastly improved since the gstreamer-1.x code was introduced. Sadly, a lot of distributions ship it with older packages and gstreamer-0.10.x. There is also a big bug in soundtouch which causes it to crash very often. Only Debian seems to have patched it.

If someone uses Slackware, I have very stable packages, though. Never want to have a different media suite than Banshee. For now, anyways.

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Old 02-04-2015, 06:13 AM   #53
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One thing i do love about Banshee is that is has the ability to save and store lyrics so the lyric displayer never has to search the internet again. I tend to use Clementine because it's qt, but if i were to use a gtk+ desktop environment, i probably begin using Banshee instead.
 
Old 02-04-2015, 08:05 AM   #54
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Well that's weird, while I love VLC and I thinks it's the greatest video player on the planet, I voted Clementine, very functional, attractive GUI, etc. I wonder how many people completely understood the question? I have played the odd music/sound file with VLC, but not for my full blown music collection, that's just kinda insane.
 
Old 02-07-2015, 06:32 AM   #55
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VLC never used to be included in the poll, but a bunch of people kicked up a fuss last year, and now it's in it's leaving a pathway for mplayer and others to follow.
What i don't get is how anyone can actually be happy with Amarok. I think it has the most repulsive interface from a practability stand point.

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Old 02-07-2015, 06:52 AM   #56
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Well that's weird, while I love VLC and I thinks it's the greatest video player on the planet, I voted Clementine, very functional, attractive GUI, etc. I wonder how many people completely understood the question? I have played the odd music/sound file with VLC, but not for my full blown music collection, that's just kinda insane.
I asked a very similar question earlier in this thread but nobody saw fit to answer. I truly am interested in why people prefer mplayer or VLV when playing their music collections and what features make them better than the dedicated music players.
Knightron: Before the KDE change I loved AmaroK and I still miss the ability to tell it to play a random list rthen add tracks to that list at any point. As far as I am aware it is the only media player which offered this on Linux and I've not seen the feature since.
 
Old 02-07-2015, 12:44 PM   #57
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Mplayer is a MEDIAplayer. Not just video. It doesn't even need a GUI or video output window when playing audio.
 
Old 02-08-2015, 04:16 AM   #58
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Mplayer is a MEDIAplayer. Not just video. It doesn't even need a GUI or video output window when playing audio.
I know, but how does that make it better for playing audio than, for example, MOC?
I have used mplayer and VLC to play individual audio files but I would have no idea how to go about just playing my music collection with them randomly, for example.
I am not asking why you would use mplayer or VLC to play audio but why they are better than dedicated audio players for day-to-day use -- or is it that those who voted for them don't use their computers as their primary source of music?
 
Old 02-08-2015, 12:21 PM   #59
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I know, but how does that make it better for playing audio than, for example, MOC?
I have used mplayer and VLC to play individual audio files but I would have no idea how to go about just playing my music collection with them randomly, for example.
I am not asking why you would use mplayer or VLC to play audio but why they are better than dedicated audio players for day-to-day use -- or is it that those who voted for them don't use their computers as their primary source of music?
Use a script?

Its probably a use case thing because I usually don't like random play
 
Old 02-08-2015, 01:10 PM   #60
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Use a script?

Its probably a use case thing because I usually don't like random play
It's not just about random play, there's library management, album art, other online music resource access, etc. In all fairness, the poll was titled "Audio Media Player", which can encompass any media player capable of playing audio files. Maybe next year name the poll 'dedicated' audio player...? Edit: Ditto for the video player poll too (dedicated).

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