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The nominees are:

Beep Media Player
Quod Libet
Decibel Audio Player

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Old 01-07-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Audio Media Player Application of the Year

What do you use to listen to audio?

Old 01-08-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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kmplayer, but that is missing in the above list
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rhythmbox mostly
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I use Totem for music (I know, I'm weird), but it's not in this list...
Old 01-08-2010, 08:16 PM   #6
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I love amarok. It's not perfect but, then again, neither am I. Maybe we were just meant for each other!
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Alsaplayer (not in the list)
Old 01-09-2010, 08:44 AM   #8
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Songbird for me this year
Old 01-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #9
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I use mosty mplayer
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I use is Rhythmbox because its bundled with default OpenSolaris Gnome desktop and I'm too busy/lazy to compile MPD and Sonata. I've got Sonata on all the Debian workstations, however, so that gets the vote. Minimalist, elegant, and gets the job done.

MPD should perhaps be on the list since it is what actually is playing the tunes whereas things like Sonata are merely front end gui? Hmm... tough call....

MPD is _very_lightweight, and handles HUGE collections w/o batting an eye. Also does not require a million and one gstreamer plugins since it's not gstreamer based - hence a BIG benefit is that MPD plays continuous track music such as classical, trance, progressive, etc. w/o inserting "gap" in between tracks that should otherwise flow seamlessly one into the next. All gstreamer based apps are thus necessarily horribly broken in this regard and the enforced break between tracks is VERY disruptive to the listening experience. So if you like trance and appreciate lightweight player that is easily controlled from command line check out MPD. If you also want/need a gui then add Sonata as front end.

Hope this helps fellow EDM and classical music enthusiasts.
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Banshee just because playlist generator is so cool
Old 01-11-2010, 11:21 PM   #12
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MPD obviously. Why isn't this on the list??? I chose Sonata, altho I don't use it anymore. ncmpcpp and QMPDclient are my favorite front-ends.
Old 01-12-2010, 01:44 AM   #13
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Decibel audio player does what I need.
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Rhythmbox. Has everything I need
  • Plays all my music
  • Supports
  • Auto-adds music to my library when I put it into my music folder
  • Play Queue

The only disappointment is that the gapless playback seems to be buggy, however I think this is actually an underlying bug in Gstreamer (or perhaps even pulseaudio)

I've been meaning to try out MPD too, but when I last looked it seemed to want network support enabled on pulseaudio
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I quite like Audacious and Exaile, but it struck me that VLC does everything I use anyway, so now I just do that. One app for several purposes.
My vote does go to Audacious this time, for being a snappy app.

Last edited by mjjzf; 01-12-2010 at 12:52 PM. Reason: Added comment about what I actually DID vote for.


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