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Hey everyone,

I've been struggling to find a decent media player for Linux so far. I'm currently using Banshee but it constantly crashes for one reason or another, mostly randomly after a song or on startup after a few seconds, I've also tried Beatbox which is ok but it's still not quite there yet.

What I'm really looking for is an iTunes equivalent for Linux with FLAC support, the ability to change metadata, add and order columns.. album art would be nice too.

Thanks for any help! smile.gif
    
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MPD for Music ( it's just a backend, you can use any sort of front ends you want, MPC/NCMPCPP/Sonata/etc/etc ).

If you use Sonata with it you can get the album art, there really isn't an iTunes equivelant, Banshee and Rythmbox are probably as close as you'll get. Dunno if either have FLAC support though as I only use MPD..

Here's a list you can go through, https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Common_Applications#Audio_players
Edited by Shrak - 2/28/12 at 3:28pm
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To be honest with you there aren't many iTunes equivalent music players for Linux out there. I'll first point to a good project known as Songbird, which tries to be an iTunes replacement. Unfortunately, they dropped Linux support a while back. However, a fork known as Nightingale has managed to bring it back to Linux. With that said, I don't know how it really works. But you might like to try it out and give it a spin.

Out of other players, Banshee is probably the most complete in my opinion. However, Rhythmbox is a similar player that tends to be a lot more stable. Problem is that it has less features. Exaile is okay, but has a wierd layout in my opinion. Listen is another player that seems great, but for me isn't very stable. You should check every one of these out and see if the work out for you.
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I haven't got linux setup at the moment but i tried a lot of media players when i last used it and found Rhythmbox to be the best. Nice GUI, lots of good functions, good management etc... You can even edit id tags to (think you have to get a plugin for that). if you like scrobbling with last.fm it does that as standard also. Give it a go thumb.gif
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I you just want to listen to music the best is something akin to Audacious, deadbeef, and xmms2. If you want a music manager than it's probably Banshee, Rythmbox, or Amarok (KDE).
     
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I've used Rhythmbox and Amarok before but I think I've found a good fit with Exaile for now, the layout is a bit random but it's got everything I need so thanks especially to Rothen.

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I've been using Banshee, and it supported flac out of the box on linux mint 12.
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I've used Rhythmbox and Amarok before but I think I've found a good fit with Exaile for now, the layout is a bit random but it's got everything I need so thanks especially to Rothen.
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To be honest with you there aren't many iTunes equivalent music players for Linux out there.

That's because few programs reach iTunes' level of crappiness tongue.gif


also, give VLC a try too. It isn't pretty, but it does /everything/
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also, give VLC a try too. It isn't pretty, but it does /everything/
THIS ^^^^^^
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