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The Best Music Players For Ubuntu 20.04+

Different operating systems require different software and applications. If you’re using Linux and want to listen to music then you need to know the right audio players for the distribution you are using, in this case we’re looking at the best music players for Ubuntu.

Playing music is one of the most common uses of computers. Whether it is in the background as you work or as the primary media centre. Having the right music player makes a massive difference to your listening experience. Some of the key features and characteristics of a good music player include file compatibility, ease of use and a user-friendly interface.

This article will explore the options and help you find the right audio player for you.

Best Music Apps For Ubuntu Users

I’ve installed and used all of the below options for audio playback on Ubuntu 20.04 to be able to provide the most comprehensive review possible. Check out my thoughts on each of these music players. It’s possible that you might want to download and install a couple to find which feels right for you.

1. Clementine Music Player

Clementine Player The Clementine Music Player is a multi-platform music player. It has some resemblance to Amarok, which is the inspiration behind this app. There are versions for other operating systems, including an android app that allows users to control the music player remotely.


I like the intuitive design of this application. It allows users to listen to music from various sources on the web and their own devices. Users can rip media from CDs.

Like its inspiration, Amarok, Clementine is ideal for users that can appreciate a simple music player. The user interface isn’t its best feature, but they make up for it with some stellar functionality.

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2. Amarok Music Player

Amarok Player

Amarok Music Player is an open-source music player that has been widely available for over a decade. Its style can be seen in predecessors such as the Clementine Music Player. Users can sync their entire library into the music player on initial use. This allows them to manage and access the music from a single place. You can add mp3, Ogg or FLAC files to the library manually.


I like the ease of use of Amarok. It offers access to a wide range of media sources besides content on the device. Users can pull podcasts in using their RSS feed. You can add content from Magnatune, Jamendo, etc.

How to install

3. Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox Player Rhythmbox Music Player is an open-source music organiser. It is a lightweight application with core features such as library management and tag editing. The user interface is quite familiar to users of Windows Media Player or Apple’s iTunes Music Player. This makes it easy for users to get up to speed.


I like that Rhythm box has a track record of over two decades. It has continued to improve and keep up with development standards. You can also purchase music through the platform.

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The application has a variety of shortcuts to make it easier for users to access functions and features.

4. Audacious Audio Player

Audacious Music Player Audacious Music Players is a minimalist music player. There are a variety of audio codecs, including those required for MP3 and FLAC files. Importing can be done by drag-and-drop. You can drag individual songs or entire folders into the library. It can also access music from external sources across the web.


Audiophiles will love the graphic equaliser on this music player. It allows users to customise their listening experience using dynamic range and other audio effects.

I also appreciate the plugins that are available for this music player. You can use them to fetch lyrics for music in your library and do other tasks to enhance your listening experience.

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5. DeaDBeef

DeaDBeeF Player DeaDBeeF Music Player supports a wide variety of formats. Users can convert their music from one format to another. The user interface also bears a resemblance to VLC.


I like that the user interface is customisable. It works without hogging your device’s hardware.

Another notable characteristic of DeaDBeeF is the lack of external dependencies. This makes the overall performance and user experience more seamless.

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6. QMMP music player

QMMP Player The Qt-based Multimedia Player is a music player built on the Qt library. It features an interface that will be familiar to WinAmp users. Beyond the regular features that you can find on other music players on this list, the QMMP music player also detects when removable media is plugged in or removed. This allows users to add content to their library directly from USB and other sources without navigating out of the music player.


One of the main things that I like about this music player is the wide range of extra features. Perhaps the most outstanding one is the listening history. This allows users to keep track of songs they listened to and revisit the ones they like. You can sync this information to, and ListenBrainz.

Besides playing music, the QMMP music player can also record audio.

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7. Console Music Player (CMUS)

CMUS is perhaps the most minimalistic application on this list. Its user interface is completely stripped down to the bare bones of what looks like a command line. There are no fancy buttons or impressive user interfaces to speak of. That is one of the things I like about CMUS. It deviates from the rest of the applications to deliver core functionality without the bells and whistles.


The text-only user interface is non-resource intensive. This makes it ideal for users with other applications that may be more demanding on hardware.

Although this is a minimalist application, features have not been completely stripped down. Users can still manage their library and play a variety of file formats.

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8. Sayonara Player

The Sayonara Player is another one that is built on the Qt framework. It boasts a user interface that categorises files according to artist, album and track in an easy to read table. GStreamer powers the backend. A wide range of plugins are available to enhance the user experience. These add features that are not built into the music player.


I like that this music player allows users complete control of their interface. They are at liberty to remove features and functions that they don’t want to see or may not use. This keeps a clean look that is easy to follow.

The dynamic playback is another excellent feature. This sees the application group similar tracks into a playlist.

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9. VLC media player for Ubuntu - VideoLAN

VLC Media Player is widely renowned for its extensive range of codecs. These enable users to play more media file types than the average music player. It carries the same interface across several operating systems, making it easy to adopt for users that may not have traditionally used Linux.


VLC can play media from DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and streaming platforms.

Besides the music playing functionality, one of the most outstanding features of VideoLAN is the skins. Users can choose their own, but they can also create them.

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10. Lollypop Music Player

The Lollypop Music Player is another option that offers ReplayGain compatibility. This feature enables users to make the most of EQ functionality for an immersive audio experience. Lollypop is an open-source music player designed with ease of use when organising music within the library. Beyond the usual lyric fetch, this application can also fetch artist biographies and cover art.


As with some players on this list, Lollypop Music Player supports an impressive range of file formats. Music can be played from the computer or streamed from web sources.

Another thing that users may not immediately notice about this music player is the keyboard shortcuts. These can be preset to access certain features and functions quickly.

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We have explored some incredible music players for Ubuntu. They all have a wide range of features that inspired us to shortlist them. These have been explored in some detail within the article. If I had to choose two of the best Ubuntu music players from this list, it would likely be QMMPand Clementine Music Player. QMMP has an impressive range of additional features, as outlined in the post. The Clementine Music Player offers a somewhat unique quality of being able to control the music player using the android application remotely.