>About a year and a half ago, I did a music player review, where I went through a lot of the music players in Ubuntu and reviewed them for functionality, etc. One of my finalists from last time, BMPx, has actually gone away, but all the others are still here. This time I want to do a more thorough review, so I am including all the MPD/XMMS2 clients (I will go more in depth on what they are in the future).
In this first wave I only looked at applications under Add and Remove Applications, in the Sound and Video section and they had to say something about being able to play music or audio. From that long list, I checked the following criteria (who fails, follows the criteria):
- Does it appear in the menu and actually open (also is it designed for desktop use)?
Helix Player – crashes!
Xfmedia – crashes!
pympd – crashes!
Elisa – really designed for a TV
Freevo – really designed for a TV
- Can it actually play music?
Jlgui – Java app that just wouldn’t play music with OpenJDK or Sun Java, or with/without pulseaudio
- Can I add items to the playlist/library and play them (from within the interface)?
(To include MPD in this review, I cheated for them, added 1 single line to MPD config file)
Abraca – couldn’t get it to add items (it could play items added by other MPD clients thought)
Bluemindo – added items fine, but they were invisible in the interface
Esperanza – couldn’t get it to add items (but it could play items added by other XMMS clients)
Potamus – A very simple client that you need to drag and drop items to. I want at least an add button.
- MP3 Support?
- FLAC Support?
This leaves me with:
Alsaplayer, Amarok, Aqualung, Ario, Audacious, Banshee, Decibel, Gimmix, Glurp, Gnome Music Player Client, Juk, Kplayer, Listen Music Player, Minirok, Muine, Pygmy, Qmmp, Sonata, Xfmpc, gbemol, gmusicbrowser, gxmms2, Videolan (which I added just for fun), Quod Libet, Exaile, Rhythmbox
Have I missed any, or missing something obvious with the ones I left behind today? Suggestions for future criteria are also wanted.