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musikCube screenshot
Developer(s) Casey Langen, musikCube community.
Initial release July 29, 2004 (2004-07-29)
Stable release 1.1 Final[1] (March 23, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-03-23)) [±]
Preview release mC2 Developer Milestone 3.3.2 (April 23, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-04-23)) [±]
Development status Unmaintained
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows (only 2000, XP, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, Vista, 7, 8)
Available in English
Type Audio player
License Various

musikCube is a partially open source audio player. Originally created as a fork of wxMusik, it has since been expanded to include capabilities not available in wxMusik. Internally, musikCube uses the proprietary BASS audio library to provide playback support.


musikCube is based on a modular plugin architecture, and may use plugins written in C or C++. Besides extraneous features such as support and Instant messaging support, plugins provide core functionality for playback formats or hardware support. Plugins currently exist to provide support for many popular audio codecs, including MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC. Unusually for a media player, there is no support for alternative skins and no support is planned at this time. However, as of version 1.0, a theme editor dialog has been added allowing users to change the colors within their player.

Internally, musikCube uses the SQLite database library for storing track and playlist metadata. This allows dynamic playlists to be constructed using SQL queries, rather than the more limited graphical interfaces popular in other media players.

There is currently no support for Digital rights management, and a bug means that the player crashes when it attempts to play a DRM-protected track.

musikCube is capable of streaming audio via the associated musikServer. Currently, an Android client exists, allowing music to be streamed over cellphone networks.[2]


musikCube, and its support library musikCore, are licensed under the Three-clause BSD license. However, because the proprietary BASS audio library is used internally for output support, musikCube cannot be sold or used within commercial software without paying a BASS license fee.[3] Due to these restrictions, projects exist with the goal to port musikCube to alternative output libraries, including OpenAL and GStreamer.

Latest release[edit]

The latest version of musikCube is 1.0 and was released on December 3, 2006. The development of musikCube 1.0 has ceased in favor of musikCube2,[4] which replaces the BASS audio engine with a modified version of Tuniac's audio engine.[5]

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