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StefanP 04-29-2007 10:23 PM

Which audio player in Linux?
I thought I will never ever use anything else than Winamp. It seems though I will have to look for a replacement as there is no Winamp for Linux (there is one old version but users report too many problems with that to be worth trying...).
What program is best close to Winamp that I could use in Linux ?

jay73 04-29-2007 10:30 PM

I would say XMMS.

jlo_sandog 04-29-2007 10:31 PM

This has been asked countless times. Use your search engine to find out.

war1025 04-29-2007 11:11 PM

definatly XMMS. I think you can even use Winamp themes?

Zmyrgel 04-30-2007 04:37 AM

XMMS is not maintained anymore AFAIK so I'd suggest Audacious as it has the Winamp look as XMMS but it's more modern.

venki 04-30-2007 04:55 AM

ya i too suggest XMMS, it is the best player, you will find RPMS..

jogl_z_8 04-30-2007 06:07 AM

For streaming try some of the suggestions in this thread:

I still miss Winamp too!


reverse 04-30-2007 06:44 AM

The last stable XMMS release was in 2004. It's not even part of Gentoo anymore. Go for Audacious.

P.S.: Do you insist on having an XMMS look-alike? Why not give something like Amarok/Quod Libet/whatever a try? Or heck .. try one of the CLI ones .. CMus always seemed cool to me.

Valkyrie_of_valhalla 04-30-2007 07:14 AM

XMMS is the closest to Winamp that I've seen so far.
But I would recommend you try out amaroK as well, while you're at it. I was thinking as well that I'd never want anything else except Winamp back in my windoze days. Now, I think I'll never want anything except amarok :D

oskar 04-30-2007 07:34 AM

I used windamp in windows too, then I found out how awesome amarok is - especially with the resume and search features - I turn on my pc and it starts playing stuff. I have recently switched to banshee, because I love the "recommended artists" - and online information stuff (it connects to and searches for similiar artists - and you can listen to them through podcast if you want). And my ipod stopped working with amarok recently, and I have to use gtkpod. I think the new version of banshee should be able to handle ipods too, but I haven't tried.

Gethyn 04-30-2007 07:38 AM

Amarok and Rhythmbox are pretty good as media library type players. Rhythmbox is the most like iTunes, if you're a fan of that. If you're after a Winamp clone, I strongly recommend you ignore XMMS and just use Audacious. It's a far nicer written and better looking player in my opinion.

ethics 04-30-2007 10:00 AM

Whenever i need software to do a task as popular as that i look at the Member choice awards:

It's a whole lot easier than everyone posting "i like x, i like y" pick the most popular and give it a try, if not, move onto the next :)

StefanP 04-30-2007 05:31 PM

Thanks everyone... and in particular for "Member choice awards" tip

bulliver 04-30-2007 06:07 PM

Sorry to take this somewhat offtopic, but it seems the OP got his/her answer so...


I strongly recommend you ignore XMMS and just use Audacious. It's a far nicer written and better looking player in my opinion.
Everybody says this. Everyone says "xmms is old and busted, audacious is the new hotness". Well sir, after Gentoo yanked xmms out from under me, I tried Audacious. I hate it. Is there something wrong with me?

It is bloody slow, and constantly freezes on me whenever I scroll the playlist and it reads the meta-tags to display. It often crashes on me. Why does the current version of audacious underperform a crufty old version of xmms from 2004? WTF!?

And yes, I have tried others like Amarok as well, but they are even worse. I do not need a full-screen app to play Oggs. I do not need an app that organizes my music. I have written python scripts that organize my music and create playlists.

Truly, I just wish someone would step up and take over maintaining xmms. It is perfect at what it does. I hate audacious so much I just removed xmms from my world file (so portage doesn't complain) but left xmms installed, so I can clandestinely use it..

Sorry, I'll stop ranting now.

reverse 05-01-2007 12:29 AM

@ bulliver: Well perhaps the reason people are saying "XMMS is old" is because it really is. Audacious has a similar look, so that's why *I* have recommended it. I used it, on various Window Managers and Desktop environments and did not experience the problems you were talking about (perhaps using ~x86? :) ). As for Amarok.. it's even worse? Says who? You? And why does that matter to anyone else but you? Some people enjoy it's features, and I am one of them. I use Amarok together with XFCE and have used it together with wm2 (how's that for a combination of lightweight+heavyweight?). I like my files being organized, I like my collection automatically updated, I like the lyrics search features, etc. etc. etc. If you are desperate for something which will simply let you play music .. why are you even going for XMMS? That's complete bloat compared to mpg123/cmus/etc.

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