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The 15 Best Linux Music Players For The Music Lover

Music is a big part of the entertainment. Naturally, we are always ready to get entertained, especially when we are in jolly mode and have sad moments. But, the best quality music player can greatly increase the quality of music. And obviously able to give you the best flavor. Are you fully satisfied with the music player that you are using now? We have a small collection of some best Linux Music players for you. These are specially created to give you the real feeling of the music. Are you ready to taste them?

Best Linux Music Players

It is a really little bit difficult to find out the best music player. After a couple of weeks of research, we reach the level to find them. Here, we gather some best quality Linux Music players. Select your favorite one as you like.

1. Clementine

Clementine is an example of the best quality music app. And, it is more suitable for Linux OS. On the other hand, this player also works on Windows and Mac OS. Benefit? The player offers you a great variety of additional features such as a customizable interface, creating a playlist, a sidebar for observing playlists, a search option, and so on. Every user like the features and mark it as the best Linux Music Player.

2. Banshee

BansheeBanshee is our second pick, and this is the player that runs on most of the Linux distros, Mac OS, and Windows platforms. The player also works on many portable devices like iPhone, Android devices, etc. The player is suitable for playing both audio and video, and you can also use it for playing the online multimedia file.

3. VLC

Best Video Players - VLCVLC is one of the best well-known devices in this world. For its exciting features and quality, people like to use it. A wide variety of multimedia codes are installed to play almost all audio and video file formats. On the other hand, it gives you the option to enhance its quality by downloading more plugins. Is there any Linux Audio Player which gives you this facility?

4. Amarok

amarokAmarok is the default music player of KDE, and it is the most favorite music player of Ubuntu. It has some exceptional features which make it the top Linux Music Player. Some of the features are notable such as compatibility for a different format, built-in equalizer, lyric and artist search option, etc.

5. Rhythmbox

rhythmboxRhythmbox is another popular music player for Ubuntu. It gives you to customize the interface entirely. You can add a lot of plugins for a better experience. Built-in internet radio and podcast support is the exceptional feature of this Linux Music Player. It really allows you to do more than just playing music.

6. Gnome Music

Pragha Music Player - Gnome3Gnome Music is the music player that is specially built for the environment of the gnome desktop. It provides you with limited features, but it is really a unique music player at all. This music player is quite perfect for you when you need a lightweight application which built-in unique features.

7. Audacious

Audacious is the software that is considered the best Linux Audio Player. This is a small software, but it gives you a lot of options. Pause, skip song, repeat, shuffle everything you can do naturally with Audacious. On the side, it allows you to customize it as you need. Add plugins and change the themes as you like. Interestingly, you can set the alarm on it, which is an exceptional feature as an audio player. Right?

8. DeaDBeeF

DeaDBeeFIs it seems a new name to you? The DeaBBeeF music player is not widely known; that is true. But, this is a very good music player that is big true, and everybody doesn’t know this true. It allows you to do everything you need, such as creating a regular and fixed playlist, adding plugins, metadata editing, and so on.


QMMPQMMP is a very simple music player. On the side, this is like Winamp. This is really a perfect Linux Audio Player when you want a small and lightweight music app. Though it is simple, it can play almost all audio format files. The music app works on Debian, Arch, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Slackware, RedHat, etc. Just search by typing Linux Music Player; you will find it on many platforms.

10. Spotify

Spotify, the music player, comes to you with a beautiful and easy interface. You just don’t need to find any option on it. You feel everything is in your hand. The player always helps you to find the latest music, and you can purchase. It definitely gives you the best feeling of the music, and after using it, you just love it.

11. Cmus

CmusCmus music player is easily compatible with old and low-configured computers. The software uses the minimum amount of RAM, but it runs smoothly. Though it is lightweight, it is enough fast and powerful. Almost all types of audio formats play here, and you can change the themes as you like. And you can customize it easily. After all, it is really a good quality Linux Music Player.

12. Lollypop

Lollypop is another music player by the genome. This maybe seems a little bit new to you, but the player is very promising. The player can play almost all types of audio files. You can locate all songs and make a playlist by adding them using the app. It also allows the Android device to synchronize music by using the app.

13. Cantata

Cantata - a Qt5 Graphical MPD Client-2How many features and options need for software to be the best Linux music player? You will find it all in Cantata. The player comes with a lot of features to give you the best experience. Cantata works on different platforms such as Windows and Mac OS, but the full features support Linux OS. This is why it is considered the superior Linux Music Player.

14. Babe Music Player

Babe Music PlayerBabe Music Player is not long-aged software in this music playlist. It has a simple design, a clear and easy interface, and at the same time, it is a lightweight app. But, it is enough to power. It doesn’t have so many features, but it has those which exactly you need.

15. Elisa Music Player

Elisa Music PlayerElisa Music Player is a lightweight music app that is made for the KDE desktop environment. Using this player, you can search by song, artist, or album. This is built specially to make it highly compatible with the KDE community. And this is why it works great on the KDE desktop environment.

The engineers are working to make it compatible with other platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, and obviously for other Linux distros.

Why do You Use These Music Players?

There are so many music players in the online platform, but why should you use these players? Are there any advantages of using this Linux Music Player? Here, we mention some points clearing you the reason for using this software.

  • So, what will be the scenario? The first reason is we mention every player on where it runs. Suppose you use Linux, but you are using a music player that is best for Windows. You never get the best experience from it.
  • Secondly, when you have an old desktop or laptop, then it’s better to use a lightweight app. If you use a heavy player, it does not run smoothly on your device. We also mention which music player is compatible with which laptop or desktop.
  • Then, some of the music players come with different features, and others add plugins, change themes, etc. On the other hand, some come with limited features. We also told the fact to every player.
  • The summary is a different music player is suitable for different types of users. And here, we clear it finely so that every reader can easily understand which is exactly perfect for them.

Summary Line

All the music players enlisted above are definitely up to the mark with the performance. We believe these Linux Music Players will introduce you to the new experience of listening to music. We always inspire you to share your experience with us. I hope you will never forget to share your experience using these music players on this platform or other online media.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.


  1. Do you all remember the days of Windows 3.11, everyone thought it was great, it was new, and it took forever to install when it got to windows 96, when it reached Windows 7 everyone had a Windows 7 operating system and all was happy until a piece of crap came along called Windows 8,8.1 10 and then the grate windows 11 when Microsoft told people they need the latest hardware to run it, this cost consumers as a whole millions of pounds
    On the other hand yes Linux has had it’s fair share of problems, just as Windows has had but you have the option to support the community, when you support the distro that you like best they will improve the product faster just as all the free software you download for nothing, people put thousands of hours into producing this software so please when you make a comment like Linux is crap and the same about other software you use for free , remember it’s as good as you contribute to the good people producing the software for your benefit.
    Thank you all for reading this and good luck to all of you.

  2. Seriously! you listed banshee as your second choice in 2022. Please, point me a working repository of banshee and I will ever be grateful. For all I know banshee has not been updated for ages and many distributions has removed it from their repo.

    • After Banshee, I moved on to Guayadeque, which was better – better at grabbing Lyrics internally, or opening a websearch in a browser to copy them, better at smart playlist functions and creation, better at being a flexible layout.

      However, I can’t install it now that wxwidgets got upgraded… so I’m in the same boat – look at ‘recently updated’ guides which aren’t really interested in anything else than getting traffic.

    • If you are using Linux, I found that sound juicer is the best of all, it plays music from CD and will also convert the music to another format,
      I think it’s the best and wonder why Linux users don’t recommend it.

  3. QuodLibet is the best music playing application in the GNU/Linux ecosystem (GTK 3) . It’s the closest thing to the Godly foobar2000 (Windows version) if you ask me, and GNU-free to boot…

  4. I still found no one like iTunes in linux. My priority is an ease creation of playlist from folders, like we can do easy peasy in iTunes, but, none of those players in linux was able to accomplish that….
    I still testing and looking for the best option for iTunes in Linux.
    By the way, I used iTunes in Windows since 2005, it will be hard to change.

  5. I am a fan of Windows Media Player, more the layout and how it presents the library. Does have a tendency to write crap into your MP3s if you let it, so I NEVER use it to alter metadata.. I also like MusicBee, which is excellent and scriptable – can even get it to display metadata that other players dont – such as SetSubtitle for example. So when I click on an album in that now, it gives me each cd of that album separated out, and if there is a SetSubtitle for it, puts it next to the cd number.

    I am going to see if I can get MusicBee to run under linux through Wine, but for general playback in the meantime I find Rhythmbox and even Gnome Music to suffice. I used to use Winamp, and loved it- just a shame it never got opensourced properly and the current owners are dragging their feet.

  6. I have a collection of 50,000 music tracks. I have been buying music all my life. Converting them into mp3’s. Now I find CD’s cumbersome and difficult to manage and store. Winamp is the only music player that can handle ALL my music. I have not found anything on Linux to match it’s power, even after all these years. Stop looking there is nothing else out there. Fortunately I still have other computers that run Windows (any version). This is my main gripe with Linux no decent software. If you are not into music, and only have a few albums then anything out there will do. (I am 72 years old). Soon CD’s will be a thing of the past. (like me).

    • Alan I too am older than dirt and am going to a Linux system soon. I use Foobar2000 in windows now and started using it after I needed more high end functionality that Winamp does not supply. There is a Linux, Ubuntu version of Foobar2000 you might grow to love.

    • I have large collection as well (about 1500 albums). There are only two options in Linux to handle that and they are better than any Windows solution (imo). MPD server or (my choice) Gmusicbrowser. There’s nothing coming close to this app. Gmusicbrowser is building database on the first run (which could take some time) and after that handling any collection is easy. Using it for many years now nothing can beat it.

  7. ” Ken February 9, 2019 at 10:18
    I’ve tried all of them and not one is good enough to call mediocre. If this is the best then Linux is in sad shape for music players! ”

    Ken, just wondering what else do you want in a music player, other than playing music, which all the above mentioned music players are good at?
    why dont you give recommendations, for all to know?

    • Linux is a much better operating system than windows,
      I installed an AMD pro duo 32 gb Polaris video card, an xp8500 Epson printer with ink level indicator, and by the way the sad state shape of music players comment, may I say without prejudice SOUND JUICER will play cd music and will convert the music to another format offline just as good as any windows program,so I disagree with the “sad shape of Linux music players, by the way you can also take the said saved format and improve the quality in Audacium.

  8. I’ve tried all of them and not one is good enough to call mediocre. If this is the best then Linux is in sad shape for music players!

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