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Which music/video player do you like?

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Joined: 2006-12-04


I would like to know which is your favourite music- and/or videoplayer in ubuntu?
AND what good codecs you use along with it!!!


Joined: 2006-11-19
I like Totem for watching

I like Totem for watching DVDs, I use Mplayer and Mplayer plugin for mozilla/firefox for watching videos on the net and for music I use XMMS.

Whistler's picture
Joined: 2006-01-03
VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player

Joined: 2006-03-28
I play video-files with

I play video-files with KPlayer (with actually only is a frontend for MPlayer), DVDs with VLC and music with Noatun. But all that not in Ubuntu. ;-)

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Beep-media-player or

Beep-media-player or audacious for music and vlc for videos, although I also use mplayer when it's better for some formats.

tbuitenh's picture
Joined: 2005-12-21
For sound I use "play"

For sound I use "play" (from the "sox" package), it's an extremely simple commandline program (probably too simple for most people Smiling ). Sometimes I use mp3blaster or xmms or beep or vlc instead.

For video I use vlc or gmplayer. I like the vlc interface better, but some files cannot be played by vlc but they can be played by (g)mplayer.

For DVD I use vlc.

free-zombie's picture
Joined: 2006-03-08
for videos anything

for videos anything xine-based and mplayer; that includes totem-xine (gnome's/ubuntu's default video player in its xine version; install via synaptic). Currently I specifically use Kaffeine for video and amaroK for music.

As to codecs, many are not included in ubuntu for potential legal problems. Use the instructions at or automatix to install extra codecs.

Ogg/Theora and most MPEG or DivX-style formats could/should work out of the box; Windows Media and Realplayer files nees special "win32 codecs"

AndrewB's picture
Joined: 2005-12-18
Personalyl I use mplayer,

Personalyl I use mplayer, or VLC

Whistler's picture
Joined: 2006-01-03
free-zombie wrote:

Windows Media and Realplayer files nees special "win32 codecs"

Windows Media Video 9 is already supported in the latest version of FFmpeg and is now also added into VLC 0.8.6 and xine-lib 1.1.3. So currently the only widely used format not supported by free software is RealMedia.

Moparx's picture
Joined: 2006-01-28
I use mpd for music,

I use mpd for music, mplayer for videos, and xine for DVDs.