Audio Players

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note: "audio players" are defined as any media player which can only play audio files-Wikipedia.

There is really a lot of music players for linux. I'd like to present to you a few, that are most commonly used.



Amarok is one of the best and most popular music player for linux. Amarok is Qt-based and is part of KDE project so the best use him with KDE because of many KDE dependencies.

Amarok features:

  • Playing media files in various formats including but not limited to (depending on the setup) FLAC, Ogg, Opus, MP3, AAC, WAV, Windows Media Audio, Apple Lossless, WavPack, TTA and Musepack. Amarok does not play digital music files embedded with DRM.
  • Playing audio CDs and ripping them to local collection.
  • Tagging digital music files (currently FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, AAC, MP3, and RealMedia).
  • Associating cover art with a particular album, and retrieving the cover art from Amazon.
  • Creating and editing playlists, including smart and dynamic playlists.
  • Synchronizing, retrieving, playing, or uploading music to the MP3/4 music players.
  • Displaying artist information from Wikipedia and retrieving song lyrics.
  • Integrated Web Services (, Jamendo, Magnatune and more)
  • Systray (panel notification area) icon support.
  • Own notifications

Install: sudo pacman -S amarok



Clementine is inspired by Amarok 1.4 focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music. Many features are the same as in Amarok.

Clementine features:

  • Searching and playing local music library.
  • Integrated Web Services (much the same as in Amarok)
  • Visualisations from projectM.
  • Remote control using a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line.
  • Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify)
  • Other same as in Amarok

Install:sudo pacman -S clementine



Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework. -Rhythmbox main page

Rhythmbox features:

  • Easy to use music browser
  • Internet radio support
  • Transfering music to and from iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players
  • Playlists
  • Audio visualisations
  • Displaying album art and song lyrics
  • Playing, ripping, and burning audio CDs

Install:sudo pacman -S rhythmbox



Exaile is a music manager and player for GTK+ written in Python. Exaile is sometimes called a GTK Amarok and incorporates many features from Amarok.

Exaile features:

  • Handling of large music libraries.
  • Displaying album art and lyrics
  • Equalizer with presets
  • Advanced tag editing
  • support

Install:yay -S exaile



Qmmp is music player with user interface similar to winamp or xmms. In my opinion is better than Audacious.

Qmmp features:

  • XMMS and Winamp 2.x skins support
  • Equalizer
  • Multiple playlists
  • Displaying album art and lyrics
  • Lightness

Install:sudo pacman -S qmmp