Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Audio Apps


And that brings our list of audio consumption applications to a close. These programs let us manage music across multiple sources, sync to an iPod, playback and rip tracks from CDs, stream music to the desktop, tag and catalog music collections, record from a microphone, as well as convert and manipulate audio files. Let's go over some of the highlights.

First up are the music managers. With iPod sync, streaming radio, podcast support, and video playback, Banshee is the ultimate media management application. Amarok and RhythmBox are both serious music managers capable of iPod sync, and so is Clementine, styled after a popular old version Amarok. Guayadeque is a fast, yet powerful music manager near to the capabilities of WinAmp. Both Exaile and Foobnix are adequate for a mix of local files and Internet radio.

Linux is full of audio player applications. From large library-based players with enhanced playlist functions to simple barebones playback, there are audio players to meet any need or run on any system. All the audio players worked well, but Audacious, Bluemindo, DeaDBeeF, and Quod Libet stick out from the pack.

Goobox is a great CD player with limited track ripping support. The official Linux client is fantastic, though Vagalume also supports streams. Audex and Asunder are both excellent CD rippers that should work for most people, but advanced users may want to try XFCA for DVD audio and conversion options.

The EasyTag and Kid3 digital audio file taggers are both simple to use, yet offer plenty of file type support and organizational options. MHWaveEdit is a great sound recorder with simple to use editing capabilities. QARecord is an easy sound recorder, with the flexibility for use in a more advanced sound production environment.

Stay tuned for our next installment of Tom's Definitive Linux Software Roundup: Audio Production. We'll be going over applications geared towards professional and semi-pro audio creation, production, and editing.

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  • nevertell
    Great stuff, I'll try out some of those.

    Although I had tried Banshee a few years ago, and it just couldn't deal with 30 gb of music.
  • machvelocy
    D'oh.... i didn't know before if you can sync ipod in linux (yes i'm a linux n00b).
  • pelov
    Linux has always been quite robust in the audio segment, particularly if you consider that the majority of apps are completely free and hog less resources. Move over apple.

    Though some apps are .deb or .rpm, or what have you, depending on the linux distro you can still open/install them just fine.

    Good writeup :)
  • haplo602
    I miss xmms in the list, just for nostalgia.

    Audacious fits my bill for a music player. Simple yet capable.
  • nukemaster
    does Audacious take winamp 2 skins like xmms does?
  • admiral_grinder
    I have tried several of the Winamp clones on my Ubuntu box, but I'm using Audacious to be the better. Out of all the clones I have found the playlist sorting options are a bit weak. While you can sort by Artist or by Title, you can't do both. They do have the important one of sorting by path and filename though so you can que up albums in the right order.
  • Nice review! I look forward to looking at how gaming works on linux
  • castlefox
    Thank you Toms for doing a linux article !!!!!

    I didnt know those ipod syncing programs actually worked. I cant wait to try out Banchee in Ubuntu 11.04

    PS> Type O Negative and all the other metal put a smile on my face :)
  • Crazy Hitchhiker
    Nice to see that you are still doing linux articles! I'm a little curious why several programs were left off, though: VLC, Audacity, and WinFF. Oh well, just keep up the good work!
  • castlefox
    Crazy HitchhikerNice to see that you are still doing linux articles! I'm a little curious why several programs were left off, though: VLC, Audacity, and WinFF. Oh well, just keep up the good work!
    VLC is more of a video thing.... it does stand for "video lan client"