Top Music Players for your Ubuntu

After fresh installation of Operations System in our laptops/computers we first like to make sure our sound system at our homes starts beating the tunes because we love music and we can’t live without it. So if you are on Oneiric Ocelot and are wondering which music player to choose to install then here is list of few top rated music players from which you can choose. If you already know which one is your favorite then probably you want to look for how to install it.
  1. Vlc

    VLC is probably the best open – source media player out there. It’s incrediably versatile as it supports many audio and video codecs as well as DVDs, VCDs, and lots of popular streaming protocols. 

    To install VLC in Ubuntu 11.10 you will need to ensure that you have the “universe” mirror in your etc/apt/sources.list. Now, go to the vlc website (

    Following this, download the VLC package from the site and once it’s downloaded open it with the Ubuntu Software Center (you might have to right click and select the software center if it dosen’t do it utomatically).

    Graphical way

    Open Synaptic application
    Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager.
    In Settings -> Repositories, make sure you have an universe repository activated.

    Search for vlc and install it, as well as vlc-plugin-pulse.

    Command line way

    You need to check that a universe mirror is listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

         sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc


    Ubuntu includes whichever VLC version was the latest at the time the Ubuntu release was frozen (typically about two months before the official Ubuntu upgrade). Afterward, you can still get security and critical bug fixes, but no further VLC version updates until the next Ubuntu release.

    Concretely, Ubuntu Natty has VLC version 1.1.9, Ubuntu Maverick has VLC version 1.1.4. If you need a more recent version, please consider upgrading Ubuntu.

  2. UmplayerUMPlayer plays everything!

    UMPlayer is the media player that fills all your needs. With dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs it can handle any media format, and can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV / Radio cards, YouTube™ and SHOUTcast™ streams and even incomplete or damaged media files.

    Download the deb package from here and install it by clicking on it.

  3. Banshee( default, no need to install )Play your music and videos. Keep up with your podcasts and Internet radio. Discover new music and podcasts. Keep your portable device loaded with good stuff.

    Simple enough to enjoy. Powerful enough to thrill. Open source through and through.

  4. ClementineMy favorite :)
    To install open terminal and hit these commands:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install clementine


  5. Rhythmbox
    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.

    Among the many features of Rhythmbox, you will find:

    Easy to use music browse

    Searching and sorting

    Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
    Internet Radio support including streams  Playlists   Display audio visualizations

    Transfer music to and from iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players

    Display album art and song lyrics downloaded from the internet

    Play, rip, and burn audio CDs

    Automatically download audio podcasts

    Browse, preview, and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo

    To install open your terminal and hit these two commands:

        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rjeschmi/rjeschmi-ppa

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install rhythmbox

  6. Totem movie player ( Comes OTB )

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  • webster

    banshee has various plugins and it suits my needs

    • Chandan P. Gupta


  • warp4ever

    Install mpd and a mpd client (GMPC / Rompr etc). No longer to much coffee while the Banshee’s of this world are indexing one’s large music collection.