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Audacious – An Advanced Audio Player for Linux

Audacious – Audio Player for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Audacious is an advanced multi-platform GTK+-based music player that is free, lightweight and focused on delivering excellent audio quality while supporting a wide variety of codecs.

It is a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which was forked from XMMS and it has an audio playback engine so advanced it is considerably more powerful than GStreamer. It also poses a customizable User Interface and a responsive app window.

Features in Audacious

  • FOSS – Audacious is free and open-source.
  • Lightweight – Audacious is also easy on your computer’s resources.
  • Customizable GUI – make Audacious look the way you want using any of the several GTK themes and free extensions.
  • Drag and Drop Support – easily add files and folders to your music library with consistent information.
  • Searching and Tagging – Search throughout your entire music library to find tags even after they have been renamed.
  • Playlists – Create and edit smart playlists.
  • Audio CDs – you can listen to audio CDs and even rip their audio without losing their audio quality.
  • Music Streaming – Listen to a variety of music genres online by streaming music from other web services.
  • Graphical Equalizer – control your sound channels and freely add cool effects using LADSPA effects.
  • Plugin support – add several free community-developed extensions to perform tasks like fetching track lyrics and setting daylight alarms.
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Just like Clementine, and Amarok, Audacious is an excellent alternative to well-known music players like Rythmbox, Tomahawk, and Banshee.

If you were looking for a powerful music player for Linux with little demand on your PC’s resources, pick Audacious.

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Audacious can be easily installed on Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint from the default package repositories.

$ sudo apt-get install audacious

Note that the Audacious versions available on Debian and its derivatives tend to be rather out of date. To install most recent version, use Web Upd8 PPA as shown.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install audacious

Fedora users can install Audacious using dnf package manager:

# dnf install audacious

For other Linux distributions, check out download page at:

Download Audacious for Linux

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

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