I got on the topic the other day about media players in Ubuntu and which did I use. There are a few that I really like, but none of them are actually installed by default. Below are three media (audio, video or both) players that I like.
This is a great little media player that is very similar to the old xmms or winamp. I probably use this more than any other because it does what all software should do. It does one job and does it well. It doesn’t have a lot of extras, or support for all kinds of external hardware (as far as I know) but when I want to listen to a playlist and not have a whole lot more it does that perfectly.
To install beep you can use the command below or install the same package via Synaptic.
sudo aptitude install beep-media-player
Import, organize, play, and share your music using Banshee’s simple, powerful interface. Rip CDs, play and sync your iPod, create playlists, and burn audio and MP3 CDs. Most portable music devices are supported. Banshee also has support for podcasting, smart playlists, music recommendations, and much more.
To install banshee you can use the command below or install the same package via Synaptic.
sudo aptitude install banshee
Exaile is a media player aiming to be similar to KDE’s AmaroK, but for GTK+. It incorporates many of the cool things from AmaroK (and other media players) like automatic fetching of album art, handling of large libraries, lyrics fetching, artist/album information via the wikipedia, last.fm support, optional iPod support (assuming you have python-gpod installed).
In addition, Exaile also includes a built in shoutcast directory browser, tabbed playlists (so you can have more than one playlist open at a time), blacklisting of tracks (so they don’t get scanned into your library), downloading of guitar tablature from fretplay.com, and submitting played tracks on your iPod to last.fm.
This app isn’t in the ubuntu repositories yet but they have put together a .deb package for Edgy and Feisty that can be found here.