Exaile has some features I really like. Here is a screen shot to get you started
Some of the features which rock.
- Blacklists – put a song/artist/album on the blacklist and have it not play while randomizing your whole collection
- Dynamic playlists additions – adds new songs to playlists automagically
- Has significant plug-in selection
Exaile also has an Equalizer, Radio support, Album Art Collector, smart playlists, and more. It can also bring your music collection together from multiple locations. Some plugins include Alarm Clock, Desktop Cover (Displays the current album cover on the desktop), and HTTP Server Control.
My previous post details why Exaile is being removed from ths review.
Amarok really rocks the “Internet” with Cool Streams, Jamendo, Librivox.org (free audio books), magnatune, Opml Directory, Shoutcast Directory. Also available are Ampache and mp3tunes.
It definitely has dynamic playlists but doesn’t appear to have blacklists or plugins. It does however have Random that well.. let’s you make it not Random. Random that favors tracks that have higher ratings, etc, which is honestly how most people would actually like “Random” to work.
The heavyweight champion of the music player review is….. well…
Amarok if you use Kubuntu (KDE)
Exaile if you use Ubuntu or Xubuntu (XFCE)
Of course depending on your needs this changes completely and I really can’t tell if I like Blacklists more or Amarok’s “Random”.