Recommended Music players?

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Squigly
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I've heard good things about Clementine and Rhythmbox although for now I've simply been using VLC Media Player.

commodore256
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I use Rhythmbox, it's good if you have meta-data and you want to organize. You could also use a console based music player, but they're not really up to my standards the last time I used them and I forgot what that reason was. I think it was it lists by artist, but I want to list by album and none of the console based players I found had that feature.

But Rhythmbox is great for ripping CDs, CDs are a nice experience, All copyright could be abolished and I'd still buy first party CDs.

andyprough
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I've tried most of the different music players. I always end up back with VLC. It is not the prettiest, but it has the most functions that I use. Clementine is probably my second favorite. Very good if you want a lot of radio stations and want to use a good Amarok fork. cvlc is a good command line version of VLC if you are ever stuck in a command line-only environment.

loldier
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Audacious and cmus are great.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Cmus

nadebula.1984
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If you're asking for a music player, then Audacious is perfect.

Rhythmbox is much more than a music player. I don't wish to let it arrange my music files.

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The best thing about Audacious is that it supports an insane amount of audio formats. I listen to VGM, FLAC, OGG, SPC files and more. Supported!

cmus is a really fun app because it is command-line based with lots of shortcut keys (need to invest in memorizing) which makes it pretty fast.

Rhythmbox is a bit clunky in my opinion.

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Another thumbs up for Audacious. I switched to it from Rhythmbox when I update to Etiona (rhythmbox is not built successfully there yet). Audacious is lighter weight, reliable, no complaints. The only thing I could see is that the interface with tabbed playlists may be a bit cumbersome compared to rhythmbox if you rely a lot on playlists. I tend to play my whole library on random, or search for something specific.

evilive
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Does it support .ape files?

nadebula.1984
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Monkey's Audio (*.ape) is not a free-as-in-freedom format. It's highly recommended that you convert them to FLAC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_formats
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey%27s_Audio

Note: Wikipedia is completely taken down (blocked) in China in April this year, so I asked some friends outside China to retrieve the pages and send the PDF to me via email.

aloniv

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Does it support .ape files?

I just tested a sample from the site below and it works fine in Hyperbola's packaged version of audacious.

http://samples.mplayerhq.hu/A-codecs/lossless/

CalmStorm

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Audacious probably did some reverse engineering to make .ape files work.

In my personal opinion though, I use mpv, ever since Supertramp said how bloat VLC was, I looked at other options and I finally decided on mpv. :)

It works well with website urls too. ;)

I bet it could run .ape files too.

On an unrelated note, I wonder whatever happened to Supertramp...

andyprough
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> On an unrelated note, I wonder whatever happened to Supertramp...

I noticed a lot of our frequent commenters became less active once it became in vogue around here this summer to attack posters over their perceived lack of free software orthodoxy in every aspect of their lives, and to attack non-native English speaking posters over their lack of perfect written English. This used to be a very jovial, collegial place to hang out. Now you have to watch your every utterance or the wrath of the vicious posters will rain down on your head mercilessly. There's a thread right now on Purism phones that perfectly illustrates this process in action. Supertramp has a very advanced sense of humor, which is not really tolerated here these days by a wide range of people.

evilive
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andyprough, what thread are you referring to?

aloniv

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Monkey's Audio (*.ape) is not a free-as-in-freedom format.

There are free implementations of Monkey's audio in Rockbox, ffmpeg and a JAVA one called JMAC (audacious's implementation is probably based on one of these three). The main issue with the format is high CPU usage while decoding, but this issue probably isn't significant for desktop usage (there are also other audio formats with high CPU usage such as Opus).

aloniv

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I bet it could run .ape files too.

mpv uses ffmpeg, so if your installed version of ffmpeg supports Monkey's audio so will mpv.