One of the greatest advantages any Linux user has over other platform user is the diverse range of applications available for almost any task. Name it and there’s an app for that (hope I don’t get sued by Apple). Below are 5 music players for the Linux platform (Ubuntu being my base) you probably did not know about.
Released under the GNU Public License, Exaile boasts of automatic fetching of album art, lyrics fetching, artist information via Wikipedia, iPod support via a plugin, built in ShoutCast directory browsing, blacklisting of tracks and tabbed playlists, the ability to submit played tracks on your iPod to Last.fm, support for burning tracks to audio CDs and visualizations and equalizer, with pre-defined sets. Built with the design and function of Amarok in mind, Exaile is a great music manager worth giving a try. It is available for download with instructions for how to get it running on Ubuntu.
Aqualung is a music player designed from the ground up to provide continuous, absolutely transparent, gap-free playback across a variety of input formats and a wide range of sample rates thereby allowing for the enjoyment of quality music. Aqualung also provides high quality sample rate conversion, a feature that is essential when building large digital music archives containing input sources conforming to various standards.
It also has playlist tabs, an inbuilt volume and sound control, command line control among others. Aqualung is available in the Ubuntu repos with installation instructions available for other distros. Aqualung has also been ported to the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
Written in the Java Programing Language, aTunes is a fully featured music player and manager that boasts of many features including device support (plug in and have aTunes do the rest), multiple palylist support, Last.fm integration, Youtube related videos, CD ripper, support for Nero AAC encoder, podcast subscription support, theme support and a host of other niceties. Written in Java, you only need to have the JRE installed to use aTunes.
MoreAmp is an audio player, transcoder, CD ripper and streamer that runs on Linux but also on the other platforms as well. It also plays and creates ogg, flac, mp3, aac, m4a, mp4, wav, and aif, and plays wma. 31-band equalizer, repeat loop, variable pitch/tempo, ram or ramdisk preload, more.
Moovida goes beyond playing music to being your one stop multimedia hub. With support for an extensive list of file formats, Moovida once installed will automatically scan, organize and assign cover art to your music and videos from trusted online databases. You can also watch your pictures as a slideshow on your TV in HD.You can also extend Moovida’s functionality with plugins.
It also has plug and play functionality for devices like the iPod where you just plug it in a and Moovida will automatically show it in the appropriate section. Moovida is packaged with the latest version of Ubuntu. Just add this PPA and update your software sources. Instructions for getting it running on other distros can be found on this Wiki. It is also available for download for Windows.