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Top 7 Free and Open-Source Music Players

Music Players

Ever since the first A.D., music is being created and is the source of uplifting human spirits. No matter in which mood or mental state you are, music has the power to change your mood swings. Music is part of every culture, heritage. When it comes to discussing the type of people and their culture, music has always come into the discussion. With different clothes, architectures, building styles, government structures of a nation, music has also played a significant role in defining the culture of any place. People, to get their mind off from their hectic daily routines and schedules, tend to turn to music that makes them forget all their worries for at least a bit and change their drowning moods to energy-filled high spirits. In this article, we summarize the top 7 best music players that exist for Linux users. Linux is the paradigm that has been witnessing a boom of users for a long time and so every utility must have exposure to the high functioning operating system, i.e., Linux, since its inception in the year 1991.


Developed by the experts at the GNOME project, RhythmBox was released in the year 2001. RhythmBox is a free and open-source audio player software that comes equipped with a number of fancy and modern features. The paradigm functions seamlessly on Linux and its distributions.

RhythmBox provides its users a seamlessly working music playback that plays sounds from almost any source, gapless playback that enables playing different songs with the cross-fading effect, the ability to create different playlists and organize music, etc. The platform also provides a “smart playlist” feature that automatically updates music in the playlist from the library in the smart playlist that is generated against some distinct parameters. The cross-fading effect that plays the next song from the playlist after fading out the currently played song, is a feature that has to be manually activated and is not enabled by default. Other features of the platform include its ability to import music, CD burning, displaying album’s cover, browse through SoundCloud, display song lyrics, audio scrobbling, etc.

Get it now from https://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Rhythmbox-3904.shtml


Clementine is a free, open-source, and cross-platform compatible audio player software. The software allows users across the Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms to seamlessly play their music or customized libraries in the efficient audio playing software.

With Clementine, users are able to listen and seamlessly stream music from different radio channels such as Grooveshark, Spotify, Jamendo, Last.fm, RadioTunes, Magnatune, SomaFM, SoundCloud, Icecast, and Google Drive. The platform also allows users to display song lyrics using the sidebar information panes, show different music statistics, see pictures and biographies of artists, etc. The platform also provides a tag editor, album cover and queue manager feature, ability to download music from the Last.fm, get missing tags from MusicBrainz, enable audio visualization, search and download different podcasts, create smart, i.e., automatic and also dynamic playlists, ability to tab different playlists, import and export music in XSPF, M3U, ASX, Cue sheets and PLS formats, ability to share and transfer of music to some iPods or iPhone, and the list goes on.

Get it now from https://www.clementine-player.org/downloads


Banshee is another free, open-source, and cross-platform compatible audio player software. The audio player is acclaimed by Windows, macOS, and Linux users. Furthermore, recently, the platform has also released its versions for Android and iOS, therefore the Banshee app is now available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Initially released in 2005 by the experts at Novell Inc., the platform comes equipped with a number of highly required features and capabilities.

Banshee allows its users to get access to and integrate with the platform a list of advanced plugins that enables users to add the following features in the platform: audio scrobbler, DAAP music sharing, an iPod manager, metadata searcher via utilizing MusicBrainz, music recommendations using last.fm, mini-mode plugin, multimedia keys support in gnome, notification area icon, podcasting, a radio that is able to stream different channels across the globe, etc.

Get it now from https://www.banshee-project.org/download/



Released in 2005, Audacious is a free and open-source audio player that is packed with many advanced features and functionalities. Audacious is available across Windows XP and newer versions of Windows and Linux platforms.

Audacious provides many features such as MP3 using libmpg123, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC and AAC+), Vorbis, FLAC, Wavpack, Shorten (SHN), Musepack, TTA (codec), Windows Media Audio (WMA), Apple Lossless (ALAC), 150 different module formats, Several chiptune formats: GBS, AY, GYM, KSS, NSF, HES, NSFE, SAP, SPC, VGM, VGZ, VTX, PlayStation Audio: Portable Sound Format (PSF and PSF2), Nintendo DS Sound Format: 2SF, Ad-lib chiptunes via AdPlug library, WAV formats provided by libsndfile plug-in, MIDI via native OS synthesizer control or FluidSynth, CD Audio, etc. Other than that, the platform also allows users to integrate a list of plugins such as Decoder plug-ins, Transport plug-ins, General plug-ins, Output plug-ins, Visualization plug-ins, Effect plug-ins, Container plug-ins, Low-level plug-ins, so on and so forth.

Get it now from https://audacious-media-player.org/download


DeadBeeF, released in 2009, is another audio player that offers seamless music playback and comes under the free and open-source software license. The audio player is also cross-platform compatible and works efficiently on Linux and its distributions, macOS, and Android platforms.

DeaDBeef allows users to play music file of MP3, APE, TTA, FLAC, Vorbis, Musepack, WavPack, AAC, ALAC, WMA, WAV, DTS formats and from any audio CD, provides cuesheet support for any built-in or external files, Character encodings, zero dependencies on GNOME, KDE or GStreamer, gapless playback, enhanced plugin support, Customizable System Notifications (OSD), customizable global keyboard shortcuts, read-and-write tag support, mass, and flexible tagging, high-quality resampling, Bit-perfect output under certain configurations, Sound output via ALSA, PulseAudio and OSS, Scrobbling to libre.fm, last.fm, or any GNU FM server, en masse transcoder, ReplayGain support, ability to support multi-channel playback, 18-band equalizer, simple command-line user interface, graphical user interface, etc.

Get it now from https://deadbeef.sourceforge.io/download.html


Developed by the KDE – the free and open-source software giants, Amarok music player was launched in the year 2003. Amarok is compatible with Linux and its distributions, Windows, and macOS platforms. The music comes equipped with many features and is acclaimed across the globe by many users of the software.

The features of the platform include music support for FLAC, Opus, MP3, Ogg, AAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WavPack, Windows Media Audio, TTA, Musepack, etc., capability to tag digital music, tag cover art with particular music in the library, ability to create and modify simple music playlists or smart or dynamic playlist, ability to play, get, upload or synchronize music to iPod, Creative NOMAD, Creative ZEN, iriver iFP MTP, Rio Karma or any USB device, audio scrobbling, music filtering functionality, support integration with Jamendo, Magnatune, MP3tunes, Shoutcast, etc., file tracking capability and the list of more enhanced and commendable features goes on.

Get it now from https://community.kde.org/Amarok/GettingStarted/Download


The Qt-based multimedia player (qmmp) was released in 2007 by the Qmmp development team under a free and open-source software license. The platform is compatible with Linux and its distributions and Windows.

Qmmp offers many features and capabilities such as Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and MP3 music playback support, support for Winamp (Classic) skin files, Support for multiple artists and performer tags for each song, notifications area, enhanced and vast plugin support, multilingual support, advanced equalizer, etc. On top of all the advanced features, the platform supports a most simple, easy, user-friendly, and intuitive platform that enhances user experience and attracts users at first sight.

Get it now from http://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/downloads.php

Closing Remarks

The article gives a summary and list of the top 7 best and highly acclaimed music players that are free and come under the open-source software license. RhythmBox, Clementine, Banshee, Audacious, DeaDBeeF, Amarok, and qmmp occupy our list of the best music players for Linux and its distributions and Windows platforms. Some players also support macOS, iOS, and Android, however, are mostly used and appreciated by Linux and Windows users.

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