Comparison of audio player software

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The following comparison of audio players compares general and technical information for a number of software media player programs. For the purpose of this comparison, "audio players" are defined as any media player explicitly designed to play audio files, with limited or no support for video playback. Multi-media players designed for video playback, which can also play music, are included under comparison of video player software.

General[edit]

Name Author First public release Latest stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in
AIMP AIMP DevTeam August 8, 2006 Windows: v4.70, build 2239 (December 22, 2020; 29 days ago (2020-12-22)[1]) [±]

Android: v3.10, build 1030 (December 19, 2020; 32 days ago (2020-12-19)[2]) [±]

Free Proprietary BASS audio library (decoder) Delphi
Amarok Mark Kretschmann June 1, 2003 2.9 (March 7, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-03-07)) [±] Free GPLv2 via Phonon: GStreamer, xine, MPlayer, VLC, DirectShow, QuickTime C++
Aqualung Tom Szilagyi et al. January 1, 2006 0.9beta11 January 30, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-01-30) Free GPLv2 or later C
aTunes Alex Aranda et al. January 1, 2006 3.1.2 (June 22, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-06-22)) [±] Free GPLv2 Java
Audacious Audacious Development Team October 30, 2005 4.0.5 (July 10, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-07-10)[3]) [±] Free BSD XMMS based C, C++ (GTK+)
Banshee Aaron Bockover February 17, 2005 2.6.2 (February 18, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-02-18)[4]) [±] Free MIT GStreamer C#
Clementine Clementine Team February 22, 2010 1.3.1 (April 19, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-04-19)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer C++ (Qt)
cmus Timo Hirvonen January 18, 2005 2.8.0 (January 29, 2019; 23 months ago (2019-01-29)) [±] Free GPL C
Cog Vincent Spader May 1, 2006 0.07 (December 24, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-12-24)) [±] Free GPL Objective-C
Exaile Adam Olsen May 24, 2006 4.0.2 (January 14, 2020; 12 months ago (2020-01-14)) [±] Free GPLv2 or later GStreamer Python (GTK+)
Ecoute Louka Desroziers & Julien Sagot September 2008 3.0.8 Free (until version 4) Proprietary AV Foundation & QuickTime Objective-C
Flash MP3 Player Reality Software March 11, 2008 1.00 Free Proprietary
foobar2000 Peter Pawlowski November 29, 2002 1.6.3 (January 18, 2021; 2 days ago (2021-01-18)[5]) [±] Free Proprietary (core),
BSD (SDK)
C++
Guayadeque Music Player Juan Rios March 12, 2009 0.4.5 Free GPL GStreamer C++ (wxWidgets, wxSqlite)
iTunes Apple Inc. January 9, 2001 Free Proprietary QuickTime ?
JRiver Media Center JRiver, Inc. February 1, 1999 25.0.18 (April 3, 2019; 21 months ago (2019-04-03)[6]) [±] Non-free Proprietary JRiver code C++
JuK Scott Wheeler February 1, 2003 3.11 (February 4, 2014; 6 years ago (2014-02-04)[7]) [±] Free GPL C++
MediaMonkey Standard Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.30 (October 5, 2020; 3 months ago (2020-10-05)) [±] Free Proprietary Delphi, C
MediaMonkey Gold Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.30 (October 5, 2020; 3 months ago (2020-10-05)) [±] Non-free Proprietary Delphi, C
MediaMonkey Lifetime Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.30 (October 5, 2020; 3 months ago (2020-10-05)) [±] Non-free Proprietary
Groove Music Microsoft 2012 Free Proprietary
MPXPLAY MPXPLAY January 1, 1998 3.05 (February 3, 2019; 23 months ago (2019-02-03)) [±] Free GPL C
Music on Console Damian Pietras January 1, 2002 2.5.1 (April 24, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-04-24)) [±] Free GPL C
Music Player Daemon Warren Dukes May 1, 2003 0.21.22 (April 2, 2020; 9 months ago (2020-04-02)[8]) [±] Free GPL C
MusicBee Steven Mayall December 4, 2008 3.3.7491 (July 7, 2020; 6 months ago (2020-07-07)) [±] Free Proprietary BASS audio library Visual Basic .NET
musikCube Casey Langen January 1, 2005 0.92.1 (May 26, 2020; 7 months ago (2020-05-26)) [±] Free BSD
Napster William Christopher Gorog October 1, 2003 4.6.3.4 (August 31, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-08-31)) [±] Non-free Proprietary
Quod Libet Quod Libet Team November 8, 2004 4.3.0[9] (22 February 2020; 10 months ago (2020-02-22)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer Python (GTK) PyGTK
Rdio Rdio Inc August 3, 2010 Microsoft Windows: 1.12.0.0 (2013) WP 8+ : 4.0.5.0 (28 October 2013; 7 years ago (2013-10-28))

iOS: 3.0.3 (27 September 2014; 6 years ago (2014-09-27))

(subscription required) Proprietary
Rhapsody RealNetworks January 1, 2003 14.0 (16 October 2006) [±] (subscription required) Proprietary
Rhythmbox Colin Walters April 1, 2004 3.4.4 (January 4, 2020; 12 months ago (2020-01-04)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer C
Sayonara Player Michael Lugmair (until 2020 under the pseudonym Lucio Carreras) 2011 1.5.1-stable5 / 29 August 2019 Free GPLv3 GStreamer C++
Songbird POTI Inc. February 8, 2006 2.2.0, Build 2453 (February 4, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-02-04)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer
Sonic Visualiser Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London May 10, 2007 3.1.1 (August 14, 2018) Free GPLv2 or later
Sonique Media Science November 1, 1998 1.96 (March 2002) Free Proprietary
Spotify Spotify LTD October 7, 2008
Android8.5.86.854 / November 26, 2020; 55 days ago (2020-11-26)[10]
Android Wear8.5.47.1006 / February 26, 2020; 10 months ago (2020-02-26)
iOS8.5.86 / November 25, 2020; 56 days ago (2020-11-25)[11]
Windows 10 (Microsoft Store)1.148.625.0 / December 11, 2020; 40 days ago (2020-12-11)[12]
macOS1.1.46.916 / November 16, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-11-16)[13]
Linux1.1.46.916 / November 16, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-11-16)[14]
Non-free Proprietary
Style Jukebox Digital Geek LTD July 1, 2009 2.2.1 (October 8, 2016; 4 years ago (2016-10-08)) [±] Free Proprietary C#
Winamp Nullsoft April 21, 1997 5.8.3660 (October 19, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-10-19)) [±] Free Proprietary Wasabi C/C++
XMMS XMMS Team November 1, 1997 1.2.11 (November 16, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-11-16)) [±] Free GPL original C
XMPlay Un4seen Developments 1998 3.8 (December 23, 2013) Free Proprietary BASS audio library
Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in


Operating system compatibility[edit]

This section lists the operating systems on which the player works. There may be multiple versions of a player for different operating systems.

Audio player Windows macOS Linux iOS Android BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS
AIMP Yes No via Wine No Yes via Wine No No No
Amarok Yes beta Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
aTunes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
Audacious Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Audion No Yes No No No No No No No
Banshee alpha beta Yes No No Yes No No No
cmus No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Cog No Yes No No No No No No No
Clementine Yes Yes Yes No remote controller only Yes Yes Yes No
Ecoute No Yes No Yes No No No No No
Exaile Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
foobar2000 Yes beta[osnotes 1] via Wine[osnotes 2] Yes Yes via Wine[osnotes 2] No No No
Guayadeque Music Player No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
Groove Music Yes No No No No No No No No
iTunes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes remote controller only Yes No No No No
MediaMonkey Yes No No No Yes No No No No
MPXPLAY Yes No No No No No No No Yes
Music Player Daemon cygwin Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
MusicBee Yes No Partial[15] No No No No No No
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No No No No No No No
musikCube Yes Yes Yes No remote control only[16] Yes No No No
Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Rdio Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Rhapsody Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Rhythmbox No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Sayonara Player No No Yes No No Yes No No No
Songbird Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
Sonique Yes No No No No No No No No
Spotify Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Style Jukebox Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
Winamp Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
XMMS No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
XMPlay Yes No No No No No No No No
Zinf Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Audio player Windows macOS Linux iOS Android BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS

Features[edit]

Audio player Video playback Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria)
AIMP No via Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes via Plugins No
Amarok Partial[featurenotes 1] Yes Partial[featurenotes 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audacious No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Audion No No Yes No ? Yes ? No
cmus No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Cog No No No No Yes No Yes No
Clementine No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exaile No ? No Yes Yes No Yes[17] Yes
foobar2000 No Partial[a] Yes[featurenotes 3] Yes Yes Yes Partial[a] Yes
iTunes Yes Yes Partial[a] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JRiver Media Center Yes via Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes via Plugins Yes
JuK No No No Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 4] ?
MediaMonkey Yes Partial[a] Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[a] Yes
MPXPLAY Yes (with MMC v2.00a) ? text-interface Yes Yes Yes Yes (also LCD ability) ?
Music Player Daemon No Yes Client dependent Yes Yes Client dependent Yes Client dependent
MusicBee No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
musikCube No No No Yes No Partial[a] ? Yes
Quod Libet No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Rhapsody No No No Yes ? No ? ?
Rhythmbox No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sayonara Player No ? No (Dark Mode available) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Sonique Partial[a] No Yes No No Yes ? No
Spotify Yes ? No No Yes No Yes (via app) No
Winamp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XMMS Partial[a] Partial[a] Yes No Partial[a] Yes Yes No
XMPlay Partial[a] Partial[a] Yes No Yes Yes No No
Zinf No No Yes Yes ? No ? ?
Audio player Video playback Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria)


Audio player ReplayGain Tag mass Tag flexible[featurenotes 5] Time stretch Pitch shift A-B repeat Bookmark Auto resume Shutdown on play complete Archive ability
AIMP Yes Yes[featurenotes 6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Amarok Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 7] Yes Yes No No
Audacious Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
cmus Yes No No No No No No Yes No No
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Clementine Yes Yes No No No ? No No No No
Exaile Yes Yes Yes[18] No No Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] No
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] Partial[a] Yes Partial[a] Yes
iTunes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes Yes Yes No
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Partial[a] Partial[a] Partial[a] Partial[a] Yes Yes ?
MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox ? Partial[featurenotes 9] ? No No ? ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes Partial[featurenotes 10] Partial[featurenotes 10] No Yes Yes No No
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No
Sayonara Player Yes Yes No No No ? Yes Yes ? ?
Sonique No No ? Yes Yes No No No No ?
Spotify No No No No No No No Yes No No
Winamp Yes Yes ? No Yes ? Yes ? No ?
XMMS Partial Yes ? No No No No Yes No No
XMPlay Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ?
Audio player ReplayGain Tag mass Tag flexible Time stretch Pitch shift A-B repeat Bookmark Auto resume Shutdown on play complete Archive ability
  1. ^ Basic function with NMM
  2. ^ Context Browser uses CSS.
  3. ^ UIs may be switched. Shares Windows' themes by default. Additionally, a plugin (foo_looks) can skin foobar2000.
  4. ^ Using DCOP
  5. ^ Flexible tagging is the ability to read or write custom tags, apart from the default ones like title, album and date. Users can use custom tags to provide additional information to media files. Custom tags work via ID3v2.4 (via the TXXX tag field), Vorbis comments and APEv2.
  6. ^ Through use of the Advanced Tag Editor.
  7. ^ Through plugin: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Repeat+A+B?content=45993&PHPSESSID=a86dadfbbaf38573a7287e13947745e7
  8. ^ Through plugin: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Repeat+A+B?content=45993&PHPSESSID=a86dadfbbaf38573a7287e13947745e7
  9. ^ Paid version only
  10. ^ a b Through Audio Pitch, Speed plugin

Audio format ability[edit]

Information about what audio formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins/filters that provide such functionality.

Audio player Lossy compression Lossless compression
MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC Dolby AC-3 VQF Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV WMA L
AIMP Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[b] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Amarok[c][19][20] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Audacious Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Audion Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
Banshee Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
cmus Yes Yes[d] No Yes Yes Yes Yes[d] ? Yes[e] Yes[d] Yes Yes[d] Yes[d] Yes ?
Cog Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Exaile Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ? Yes Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ?
foobar2000 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial[a] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Groove Music Yes Yes No No ? Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JuK Yes No No Yes Yes No No ? ? Yes Yes No Yes No ?
Media Jukebox Yes[audionotes 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
MediaMonkey Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial[g] Partial[g] ? No Yes Yes Yes Partial[a] Partial[a] ?
MPXPLAY Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Partial[a] Yes Yes No No Yes ?
Music Player Daemon Yes Yes[d] Partial[d] Yes Yes Yes Yes[d] Yes[d] Yes Yes[d] Yes Yes Yes[d] Yes ?
MusicBee Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[b] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[b] Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No No No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
musikCube Yes Partial[g] No Yes Partial[g] Partial[g] Partial[g] ? ? Yes Yes No No Partial[g] ?
Quod Libet Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ? Yes Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ?
Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ? ? No No No No No ?
Rhythmbox Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ? Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] Yes[f] ?
Sayonara Player Yes ? ? Yes ? ? No ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Sonique Yes Yes No Yes Partial[g] Partial[g] No ? ? No No No No No ?
Spotify[21] Yes No No No No Yes No No No No No No No No No
Style Jukebox Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Winamp Yes Yes Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes[a] ?
XMMS Yes Partial[g] Partial[g] Partial[g] Yes Yes No Yes[a] ? Partial[g] Yes No Partial[g] Yes ?
XMPlay Yes Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] ? Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] Yes[a] ?
Zinf Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
Audio player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC Dolby AC-3 VQF Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV WMA L
  1. ^ Requires External Encoding App

Container format ability[edit]

Information about what container formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or filters that provide such functionality.

Audio player AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG-21 NUT FLV
AIMP No Yes No Yes No No Partial No No No
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Basic Basic Yes ? ? Yes
Audacious No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No Audio only
Audion No No No No No No No ? ? ?
cmus No No No Vorbis only No Basic Yes ? ? ?
Cog No No No Yes No No Partial ? ? ?
foobar2000 Partial[a] Yes No Yes No Yes[containernotes 1] Yes ? ? Audio only
JuK No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
MediaMonkey No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
MOC Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes
MPXPLAY Yes Yes No Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ?
MusicBee No No No Vorbis only No No AAC only No No No
Musicmatch Jukebox No No No No No No No ? ? ?
musikCube No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
Rhapsody No No No No No No No ? ? ?
Rhythmbox No Yes No Vorbis only No No Yes[f] ? ? ?
Sayonara Player No ? No Vorbis only ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sonique No[g] No No Yes No No No ? ? ?
Winamp Yes Yes Yes[a] Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
XMMS No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
Zinf No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
Audio player AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG-21 NUT FLV
  1. ^ Native Matroska tag reading and writing

Scalable, composite and emulation format abilities[edit]

Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF
AIMP No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Amarok ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audacious No No No No No No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
cmus No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
foobar2000 No No No No No No Yes (plugin) ? ? Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin)
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
JRiver Media Center ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes (Winamp plugin) Yes (Winamp plugin) Yes (Winamp plugin)
MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MusicBee ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?[f] Yes ? ?
Musicmatch Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Sayonara Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sonique ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF


Protocol abilities[edit]

Information about which internet protocols the players understand, for receiving streaming media content. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality.

Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other
AIMP Yes No Yes No No
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes UPNP
Audacious Yes No Yes No ?
Audion Yes No No No ?
cmus Yes No No No ?
Cog No No No No ?
foobar2000 Yes Partial[protocolnotes 1] Yes Partial[protocolnotes 2] ?
JuK ? ? ? ? ?
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
MediaMonkey Yes No No Yes[protocolnotes 3] ?
MusicBee Yes ? ? Yes ?
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes ? ? ? ?
musikCube Yes No No ? ?
Music Player Daemon Yes[22] Yes[23] Yes[24] Yes Music Player Daemon
Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes No Partial[protocolnotes 4] UPNP
Sayonara Player Yes ? ? ? ?
Sonique Yes ? ? ? ?
XMMS Yes ? ? ? ?
Zinf Yes Yes No No ?
Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other
  1. ^ Only WMA files are playable by foobar2000 through an RTSP connection. RealMedia, AAC, etc. are not supported.
  2. ^ 3rd party plugin for 0.9 allows reading RSS 2.0 feeds as playlists. No subscription/automatic update features.
  3. ^ Present in version 3.0 currently going through Alpha Testing.
  4. ^ As of 0.9.2 it allows reading RSS as podcast source. Issues if links in RSS do not point directly to playable media. Automatic update of podcasts available.

Playlist format ability[edit]

Information about which playlist formats the players understand.

Audio player asx,
wax, wvx
M3U pls XSPF CUE SMIL
AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Audacious Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial
Audion No No No ? ? No
Clementine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
cmus No Yes Yes No ? ?
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ?
Exaile Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
iTunes No Yes ? ? No ?
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey ? Yes ? No ? ?
MPXPLAY ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Musicmatch Jukebox ? Yes ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet Partial Yes Yes No ? ?
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox ? ? Yes ? No ?
Sayonara Player ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Sonique ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
Spotify[25] No No No No No ?
Winamp Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
XMMS ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
Zinf ? ? ? No ? ?
Audio player asx/wax/wvx M3U pls XSPF CUE SMIL


Metadata ability[edit]

Information about what metadata, or tagging, formats the players understand. Most other containers have their own metadata format and the players usually use them. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality.

Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text WAVE chunks
AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amarok Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1][metadatanotes 2] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes Yes[metadatanotes 3] ? Yes
Audacious Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Audion Yes Yes No No ? ? ?
cmus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Cog Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[metadatanotes 4] Yes
iTunes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JuK Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] ? ? ?
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Mixxx Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
MPXPLAY Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No ? ? Yes ?
musikCube Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Rhapsody Yes Yes No No ? ? ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Sayonara Player Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ?
Sonique Yes No ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
Zinf Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text WAVE chunks
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Understanding of ID3v1, ID3v2, APEv2 and Vorbis comments is handled by an external library called TagLib.
  2. ^ Amarok does not understand embedded covers.
  3. ^ Yes Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, but buggy.
  4. ^ There is a plugin called CD-TEXT Reader adding such a feature.

Optical media ability[edit]

Information about what kinds of optical discs the players can play. Footnotes lead to information about abilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality. Playback of Super Audio CD is not possible for any media player, because no suitable hardware exists. All media players capable of audio CD playback will also play the Redbook core of any HDCD disc, providing no sound-quality benefits over standard audio CDs.

Audio player Audio
CD DVD-Audio HDCD
AIMP Yes No No
Amarok Partial No No
aTunes No No No
Audacious Yes No No
Audion Yes No No
cmus No No No
Cog No No No
foobar2000 Yes Yes (plugin)[opticalmedianotes 1] Yes (plugin)[opticalmedianotes 2]
JuK Yes[opticalmedianotes 3] No No
JRiver Media Center Yes Yes[opticalmedianotes 4] Yes
MediaMonkey Yes No No
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No
musikCube Yes No No
Rhapsody Yes No No
Rhythmbox Yes No No
Sonique Yes No No
Winamp Yes No No
XMMS Yes No No
Zinf Yes No No
Audio player CD DVD-Audio HDCD
Audio


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as Plugin available.
  2. ^ a b c Available through a Winamp plugin.
  3. ^ Amarok uses non-Amarok libraries to decode audio. It will play any file for which a codec is available on the system. The default libraries in Linux are from the GStreamer project, and in Windows from the VLC project.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Available through a FFmpeg plugin.
  5. ^ Available through the opusfile plugin.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Available through a Gstreamer plugin.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Available via plugins that can be automatically downloaded during installation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Latest AIMP for Windows changelog
  2. ^ Latest AIMP for Android changelog
  3. ^ Lindgren, John (1 June 2020). "Audacious 4.0.5 released". Retrieved 2 June 2020.
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