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, "video players" are defined as any media player which can play video, even if it can also play audio files. "Audio players" are defined as media players which can only play audio files.

Contents

General

Name Author First public release date Stable version Cost Software license Based Framework Written in
1by1 Martin Pesch 13 December 2006 1.68 (26 June 2009) Free Template:Proprietary
AIMP Artem Izmaylov 8 August 2006 2.60.528(30 December 2009) Free Template:Proprietary Delphi
AIlMyMusic Erwin Kryszat 1 January 2008 1.3.10 (11 October 2008) Non-free20 CHF Template:Proprietary
AlbumPlayer Albumon 2003 4.9d Non-free€29.90 Template:Proprietary
ALLPlayer Allplayer ltd 1998 3.7 (24 December 2008) Free Template:Proprietary
Alpha2Player Joachim Saubers 2008 2.3.4 (19 January 2009) Free Template:Proprietary
ALSong ALTools  ? 1.52 Free Template:Proprietary
Amarok Mark Kretschmann June 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Amarok Free GPL via Phonon: GStreamer, xine, DirectShow, QuickTime C++
Angel's Vox[1] SuperUtils.com Software 11 December 2009 1.2 Non-freeUSD$29.95 Template:Proprietary Delphi
AV Music Morpher[2] AVnex Ltd. 2002 4.0.77 (Jul 2009) Non-free Template:Proprietary C++
Aqualung Tom Szilagyi et al. 2 September 2004 0.9beta10 (8 February 2009) Free GPL FFmpeg, LADSPA C
aTunes Alex Aranda et al. 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/aTunes Free GPL Java
Audacious Audacious Team 30 October 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/Audacious Media Player Free GPL C, C++
Audion Panic 16 August 1999 3.0.2 (2002) Free Template:Proprietary
Banshee Aaron Bockover August 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/Banshee Free MIT GStreamer C#
BOSSA Basic Swami Systems December 2006 2.0 Free Template:Proprietary
BOSSA Pro Swami Systems December 2006 2.0 Non-freeUSD$24.00 Template:Proprietary
Beep Media Player Milosz Derezynski 24 June 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/Beep Media Player Free GPL C
Billy Sanne Schaap 20 June 2004 1.03 Free Template:Proprietary
Cactus Jukebox Sebastian Kraft 2 March 2005 0.3.8 Free GPL
CDPlayer Microsoft November 1992 4.00.950 Free Template:Proprietary
cmus Timo Hirvonen 18 January 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/cmus Free GPL C
Cog Vincent Spader 1 May 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/Cog Free GPL Objective-C
Creative MediaSource Creative Technology 2002 5.10.38 Non-freeBundled (Requires Creative product) Template:Proprietary
damp Matt Craven 1999 0.96 (9 April 2000) Free Template:Proprietary
Decibel Audio Player François Ingelrest 13 May 2007 1.00 Free GPL Python
DeliPlayer Basic Peter Kunath, Florian Vorberger 2000 2.03b (4 April 2004) Free Template:Proprietary
DeliPlayer Pro Peter Kunath, Florian Vorberger 2000 2.03b (4 April 2004) Non-freeUSD$20.00 Template:Proprietary
Exaile Adam Olsen 24 May 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/Exaile Free GPL GStreamer Python
Express Scribe NCH Software 17 July 1997 4.11 (April 2007) Free Template:Proprietary Python
Flash MP3 Player Reality Software 11 March 2008 1.00 Free Template:Proprietary
foobar2000 Peter Pawlowski December 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/foobar2000 Free Template:Proprietary (core),
BSD (first-party components)
Goggles Music Manager Sander Jansen March 2005 0.10.7 Free GPL
Helium Music Manager 2009 Intermedia Design 2009 2009.0.0.6930 (5 August 2009) Non-freeUSD$49.00 Template:Proprietary
Herrie Ed Schouten 2006 2.2 (14 March 2008) Free BSD C
Jajuk Jajuk Team March 2004 1.7 (march 2009) Free GPL
JuK Scott Wheeler February 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/JuK Free GPL C++
KSP Sound Player KSP Developer Team September 2009 Template:Latest stable software release/KSP Free BSD
Lalaclick Pascal Lehwark 2005 1.4 Free GPL
Listen Mehdi Abaakouk 4 March 2006 0.6 Free GPL Python
Media Jukebox J. River 1998 14.0.046 (7 August 2009) Non-freeUSD$40.00 Template:Proprietary
MediaMonkey Standard Ventis Media Inc. 25 August 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/MediaMonkey Free Template:Proprietary
MediaMonkey Gold Ventis Media Inc. 25 August 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/MediaMonkey Non-freeUSD$19.95 Template:Proprietary
MediaMonkey Lifetime Ventis Media Inc. 25 August 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/MediaMonkey Non-freeUSD$29.95 Template:Proprietary
Mesk Travis Shirk 27 May 2006 0.3.2 Free GPL GStreamer
MP3Toys Robert Frahm April 2004 2.2 Non-free$14.95 Template:Proprietary
MPXPLAY MPXPLAY 1998 1.56beta (26 May 2008), 1.55 (2007) Free GPL
Music Player Daemon Warren Dukes May 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Music Player Daemon Free GPL
MusicBee Steven Mayall 04 Dec 2008 1.1.3599 (RC2) / 09 Nov 2009 Free Template:Proprietary BASS Audio Library .NET
Musicmatch Jukebox Basic Yahoo! May 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/Y! Music Musicmatch Jukebox Free Template:Proprietary
Musicmatch Jukebox Plus Yahoo! May 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/Y! Music Musicmatch Jukebox Non-freeUSD$19.99 Template:Proprietary
musikCube Casey Langen 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/musikCube Free BSD
Muzikbrowzer Pecan Ventures 2003 1.0 Non-freeUSD$20.00 Template:Proprietary DirectShow
Napster William Christopher Gorog October 2003 4.0.4.8 Non-freeUSD$9.95+ Template:Proprietary
Neformal Peter Semiletov 7 May 2009 3.0.1 Free GPL
Quod Libet Joe Wreschnig  ? Template:Latest stable software release/Quod Libet Free GPL GStreamer Python
QuickPlayer Jan Vorel July 2006 Template:Latest stable software release/QuickPlayer Free GPL DirectShow
QuuxPlayer Quux Software June 2008 2.6.1 Free Template:Proprietary
Rhapsody RealNetworks 2003 Template:Latest stable software release/Rhapsody Free Template:Proprietary
Rhythmbox Colin Walters April 2004 Template:Latest stable software release/Rhythmbox Free GPL GStreamer C
SnackAmp Tom Wilkason January 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/SnackAmp Free GPL Tcl / Tk
Songbird Tom Lord February 8, 2006 1.4.3 Free Template:Open Source Template:Mozilla's XULRunner and GStreamer media framework
Sonique Media Science November 1998 1.96 (March 2002) Free Template:Proprietary
Spider Player Basic Vitaly Kravchenko April 2006 2.3.5 Free Template:Proprietary
Spider Player Pro Vitaly Kravchenko April 2006 2.3.5 Non-freeUSD$19.95 Template:Proprietary
UADE Heikki Orsila 2.12 (28 August 2008) Free GPL
VUPlayer James Chapman 2000 2.42 Free Template:Proprietary
Xion Cliff Cawley 2006 1.0.125 (19 November 2009) Free GPL C++
XMMS XMMS Team November 1997 Template:Latest stable software release/XMMS Free GPL original C
XMPlay Ian Luck July 1998 Template:Latest stable software release/XMPlay Free Template:Proprietary
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Basic Yahoo! 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/Yahoo! Music Jukebox Free Template:Proprietary
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Plus Yahoo! 2005 Template:Latest stable software release/Yahoo! Music Jukebox Non-freeUSD$19.99 Template:Proprietary
Zinf Zinf Team April 2002 Template:Latest stable software release/Zinf Free GPL
Name Author First public release date Stable version Cost Software license Based Framework Written in


Operating system requirement

This section lists the operating systems on which the player works. There may be multiple versions a player, each one for a particular operating system.

Audio player Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS (FreeDOS, Dr-DOS)
1by1 Yes No No No No No No
AIMP Yes No No No No No No
AllMyMusic Yes No No No No No No
Albumplayer Yes No No No No No No
Alpha2Player Yes No No No No No No
ALSong Yes No No No No No No
AV Music Morpher ME/NT/2000/XP/VISTA(32 bit) No No No No No No
Amarok Not yet officially[osnotes 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Aqualung Yes No Yes Yes ? ? No
aTunes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Audacious Yes Yes(via GTK+ Quartz) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Audion No PPC native[osnotes 2] No No No No No
Banshee Partial Yes[osnotes 3] Yes ? ? ? No
BOSSA 2000/XP/Vista only No No No No No No
cmus No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cog No 10.4+ No No No No No
damp No No No No No No Yes
Decibel Audio Player No No Yes No No No No
DeliPlayer Yes No No No No No No
Exaile Not yet officially No Yes No No No No
Express Scribe 98 to Vista OS 10.1+ wav, mp3, aiff, dct formats only Yes No No No No
foobar2000 Yes No No No No No No
Goggles Music Manager No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Herrie cygwin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Jajuk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
JuK Not yet officially[osnotes 4] No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
KSP Sound Player Yes No Yes No No No No
Lalaclick Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Listen No No Yes ? ? No No
Media Jukebox Yes No No No No No No
MediaMonkey Yes No No No No No No
Mesk No No Yes ? ? ? No
MP3Toys Yes No No No No No No
MPXPLAY Yes No No No No No Yes
Music Player Daemon cygwin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
MusicBee Yes No No No No No No
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No No No No No
musikCube 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista only No No No No No No
Muzikbrowzer 2000/XP/Server 2003 only No No No No No No
Quod Libet No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
QuickPlayer Yes No No No No No No
QuuxPlayer Yes No No No No No No
Rhapsody Yes No Yes No No No No
Rhythmbox No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SnackAmp Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Songbird Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Sonique Yes No No No No No No
VUPlayer Yes No No No No No No
Xion Yes No No No No No No
XMMS No Yes (via X11 layer) Yes Yes Yes Yes No
XMPlay Yes No No No No No No
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes No No No No No No
Zinf Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Audio player Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS (FreeDOS, Dr-DOS)
  1. Amarok for Windows Download Page - not yet officially supported
  2. Might be usable with Rosetta.
  3. Banshee 1.4
  4. KDE on Windows Project - Part of kdemultimedia

Features

Audio player Video playback Outbound streaming Skinnable Media Database Gapless Audio Decoding Visualizer Remote Controllable Intelligent Playlists from database (based on criteria)
1by1 No No Partial No Yes No No ?
AIMP No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
AllMyMusic No No No Yes No No Yes Yes
AlbumPlayer No No Yes Yes Yes No Partial Yes
Alpha2Player No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
ALSong No Yes Yes Yes No No Partial No
Amarok Partial[featurenotes 1] Yes Partial[featurenotes 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aqualung No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Audacious Partial[featurenotes 3] No Yes No Partial Yes Yes No
Audion No No Yes No ? Yes ? No
Banshee Yes Yes Partial[featurenotes 4] Yes ? In Development Yes Yes
cmus No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Cog No No No No Yes No Yes No
damp No No No No No Yes Yes No
DeliPlayer No No Yes No ? No ? No
Exaile No ? Yes Partial No Yes No Yes
foobar2000 No Partial[3] Yes[featurenotes 5] Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes
Goggles Music Manager No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Herrie No No No No Yes No Yes No
Jajuk No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
JuK No No No Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 6] ?
KSP Sound Player No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Listen No No No Yes No Yes ? ?
Media Jukebox No ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MediaMonkey Partial[3] Partial[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes
Mesk No No No No No No Yes No
MPXPLAY Only sound output ? text-interface Yes Yes Yes Yes (also LCD capability) ?
Music Player Daemon No Yes Client dependant Yes Yes Client dependant Yes Client dependant
MusicBee No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
musikCube No No No Yes No Partial[3] ? Yes
Muzikbrowzer No No Partial Yes No No Yes ?
Quod Libet No Yes No Yes ? No ? Yes[featurenotes 7]
QuickPlayer No No No No ? No ? No
QuuxPlayer No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rhapsody No No No Yes ? No ? ?
Rhythmbox No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SnackAmp No Yes No Yes ? No ? ?
Songbird Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes
Sonique Partial[3] No Yes No No Yes ? No
VUPlayer No No No No Yes Yes ? No
Xion No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
XMMS Partial[3] Partial[3] Yes No Partial[3] Yes Yes No
XMPlay No Partial[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yahoo! Music Jukebox No Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ?
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 Replay Gain Mass Tagging Flexible tagging[featurenotes 9] Time Stretching Pitch Shifting A-B Repeat Bookmark Auto Resume Shutdown on play complete Archive capability
1by1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
AllMyMusic No Yes No No No No No No No No
AlbumPlayer Yes No ? No No No No Yes No ?
Alpha2Player No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ALSong ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Amarok Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 10] Yes Yes No No
Aqualung Yes Yes Partial[featurenotes 11] ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
Audacious Yes ? No ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Banshee Yes Yes ? No No ? Yes ? ? ?
cmus ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
damp ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DeliPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Exaile Yes Yes ? No No No No Partial[3] No No
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[3] Yes Partial[3] Yes Partial[3] Yes
Goggles Music Manager Yes Yes ? No No Yes No No No ?
Jajuk ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? ?
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KSP Sound Player No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Listen ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Jukebox Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes No ?
MediaMonkey Yes Yes ? Partial[3] Partial[3] Partial[3] Partial[3] Yes ?
Mesk ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox ? Partial[featurenotes 12] ? No No ? ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Muzikbrowzer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes Yes No Yes
QuickPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuuxPlayer Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No
SnackAmp ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Songbird Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sonique No No ? Yes Yes No No No No ?
VUPlayer Yes ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Xion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
XMMS Partial Yes ? No No No No Yes No No
XMPlay Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes
Yahoo! Music Jukebox ? Partial[featurenotes 12] ? No No ? ? ? ? ?
Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ?
Audio player Replay Gain Mass Tagging Flexible tagging[featurenotes 9] Time Stretching Pitch Shifting A-B Repeat Bookmark Auto Resume Shutdown on play complete Archive capability
  1. Basic function with NMM
  2. Context Browser uses CSS.
  3. Basic function via MPlayer backend
  4. The user interface is a pluggable Mono Assembly
  5. UIs may be switched. Shares Windows' themes by default. Additionally, a plugin (foo_looks) can skin foobar2000.
  6. Using DCOP
  7. by means of saved search queries
  8. Apple Remote capability, and dbus add-on for Linux
  9. 9.0 9.1 Flexible tagging means 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.
  10. Through plugin: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Repeat+A+B?content=45993&PHPSESSID=a86dadfbbaf38573a7287e13947745e7
  11. Custom tags are read and displayed but can’t be written.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Paid version only

Audio format capability

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

Audio player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC3 APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV
1by1 Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
AIMP Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
AllMyMusic Yes No No No No No No No No No No No
AlbumPlayer Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Alpha2Player Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Partial No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aqualung Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Audacious Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Partial[3] Yes Yes No Yes
Audion Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Banshee Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4]
Cog Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
cmus Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes
DeliPlayer Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No
Exaile Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4]
foobar2000 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes Yes Partial[3] Yes Yes
Goggles Music Manager Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No
Jajuk 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
KSP Sound Player Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Listen Yes Yes[audionotes 1] No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Media Jukebox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MediaMonkey Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial[5] Partial[5] Yes Yes Yes Partial[3] Partial[3]
Mesk Yes[4] No No Yes[4] No No No No No No No No
MP3Toys Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
MPXPLAY Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Music Player Daemon Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No No No
musicBee Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No
musikCube Yes Partial[5] No Yes Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Yes Yes No No Partial[5]
Muzikbrowzer Yes Yes No Partial[6] Partial[6] Partial[6] Partial[6] Partial[6] Partial[6] No No Partial[6]
Quod Libet Yes Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4]
QuickPlayer Yes Partial[6] No Yes No No[audionotes 2] No No No[audionotes 2] No No No
Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Rhythmbox Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4] Yes[4]
SnackAmp Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Songbird Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes ? No Yes ? ? ?
Sonique Yes Yes No Yes Partial[5] Partial[5] No No No No No No
VUPlayer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
XBMC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xion Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
XMMS Yes Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Yes Yes No Partial[5] Yes No Partial[5] Yes
XMPlay Yes Yes Partial[5] Yes Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5] Partial[5]
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Zinf Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No
Audio player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC AC3 APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV
  1. Requires following fix: http://www.listen-project.org/ticket/722.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Requires another sound system.

Container format capability

Information about what container formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities 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
1by1 No No No No No No No ? ? ?
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Basic Basic Yes ? ? ?
Aqualung No No No Yes ? No ? ? ? ?
Audacious No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
Audion No No No No No No No ? ? ?
cmus No No No Vorbis only No No AAC only ? ? ?
Cog No No No Yes No No No ? ? ?
DeliPlayer No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
foobar2000 Partial[3] Yes No Yes No Yes[containernotes 1] Yes ? ? ?
Jajuk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
JuK No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
KSP Sound Player No No No Vorbis only No No AAC only ? ? ?
Listen No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Media Jukebox Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
Mesk No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
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 ? ? ?
Quod Libet No No No ? No No Yes[4] ? ? ?
QuickPlayer No No No ? No No No ? ? ?
Rhapsody No No No No No No No ? ? ?
Rhythmbox No No No Vorbis only No No Yes[4] ? ? ?
Songbird Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes ? ?
Sonique No[5] No No Yes No No No ? ? ?
VUPlayer No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
XMMS No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
XMPlay No No No Vorbis only No No AAC only ? ? ?
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 capabilities

Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) Silverlight smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF
1by1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Amarok ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Aqualung ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audacious ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
cmus ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DeliPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
foobar2000 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (plugin)
Jajuk ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KSP Sound Player No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Listen ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Template:Yes (yellow) (winamp plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (winamp plugin) Template:Yes (yellow) (winamp plugin)
Mesk ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MusicBee ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Musicmatch Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Songbird ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sonique ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VUPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMPlay ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) Silverlight smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF


Protocol capabilities

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

General

Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other
1by1 No No No No  ?
AIMP Yes No Yes ?  ?
Alpha2Player Yes No ? No ICY
Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes upnp, daap
Aqualung Yes ? ? Yes  ?
Audacious Media Player Yes Yes[protocolnotes 1] No No  ?
Audion Yes No No No  ?
Banshee Yes Yes No Yes  ?
cmus Yes No No No  ?
Cog No No No No  ?
DeliPlayer Yes No No No  ?
foobar2000 Yes No No Partial[protocolnotes 2]  ?
Jajuk Yes Yes Yes No  ?
JuK ? ? ? ?  ?
KSP Sound Player Yes ? Yes Yes  ?
Listen Yes Yes No Yes  ?
Media Jukebox Yes ? ? Yes  ?
MediaMonkey Yes No No Yes[protocolnotes 3]  ?
Mesk Yes No No No  ?
MusicBee Yes ? ? Yes  ?
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes ? ? ?  ?
musikCube Yes No No ?  ?
QuickPlayer No No No No  ?
Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes Yes  ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes No Partial[protocolnotes 4] upnp, daap
SnackAmp Yes No No Yes  ?
Songbird Yes ? No Yes  ?
Sonique Yes ? ? ?  ?
Spider Player Yes Yes Yes ?  ?
VUPlayer Yes ? ? ?  ?
XMMS Yes ? ? ?  ?
XMPlay Yes ? Yes Yes  ?
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes ? ? ?  ?
Zinf Yes Yes No No  ?
Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other

Other

Audio player DAAP DMAP DPAP EsounD protocol PulseAudio Simple protocol PulseAudio Native protocol DLNA
1by1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
AIMP ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Amarok Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Aqualung Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audacious Media Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Banshee ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
cmus ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
DeliPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
foobar2000 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Jajuk ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KSP Sound Player No No No No No No No
Listen ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Media Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Mesk ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
MusicBee ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Musicmatch Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
QuickPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
SnackAmp ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Songbird ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sonique ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Spider Player ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
VUPlayer ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMMS ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XMPlay ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Yahoo! Music Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Audio player DAAP DMAP DPAP EsounD protocol PulseAudio Simple protocol PulseAudio Native protocol DLNA
  1. Function available through libnms
  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 capability

Information about which playlist formats the players understand.

Audio player asx/wax/wvx m3u8 pls xspf
1by1 ? ? ? ?
Alpha2Player ? Yes Yes No
Amarok ? Yes ? ?
Aqualung ? Yes Yes ?
Audacious ? ? ? Yes
Audion ? ? ? ?
cmus ? ? ? ?
Cog ? ? ? ?
DeliPlayer ? ? ? ?
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jajuk ? ? ? ?
JuK ? ? ? ?
Herrie No Yes Yes Yes
KSP Sound Player No Yes Yes Partial
Listen ? ? ? ?
Media Jukebox ? ? ? ?
MediaMonkey ? ? ? ?
Mesk ? ? ? ?
MPXPLAY ? ? ? ?
MusicBee ? Yes ? ?
Musicmatch Jukebox ? ? ? ?
musikCube ? ? ? ?
Quod Libet ? ? ? ?
QuickPlayer ? ? ? ?
Rhapsody ? ? ? ?
Rhythmbox ? ? Yes ?
Songbird Yes ? No ?
Sonique ? ? ? ?
VUPlayer ? ? ? ?
XMMS ? Yes Yes ?
XMPlay Yes Yes Yes No
Zinf ? ? ? ?
Audio player asx/wax/wvx m3u8 pls xspf


Metadata capability

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 capabilities of future versions of the players or plugins that provide such functionality.

Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text
AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AlMyMusic Yes Yes No No No No
AlbumPlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Alpha2Player Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Amarok Yes[metadatanotes 1] Partial[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes No[metadatanotes 2] ?
Aqualung Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Audacious Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Audion Yes Yes No No ? ?
cmus Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Cog Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
DeliPlayer Yes Yes No ? ? ?
foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[metadatanotes 3]
Goggles Music Manager Yes Yes No Yes No No
Jajuk Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
JuK Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] ? ?
KSP Sound Player Yes Yes Partial Yes ? ?
Listen Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
Media Jukebox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
Mesk Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
MPXPLAY Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No ? ? Yes
musikCube Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Muzikbrowzer Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
QuickPlayer Partial[metadatanotes 4] Partial[metadatanotes 4] No ? ? ?
Rhapsody Yes Yes No No ? ?
Rhythmbox Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
SnackAmp Yes Yes No ? ? ?
Songbird Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
Sonique Yes No ? ? ? ?
Spider Player Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes
VUPlayer Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
XMMS Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
XMPlay Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Zinf Yes Yes No Yes ? ?
Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Understanding of ID3v1, ID3v2, APEv2 and Vorbis comments is handled by an external library called TagLib.
  2. Only older 1.5.* versions work with CUE files, it may work in future versions of 2.*.
  3. There is a plugin called CD-TEXT Reader adding such a feature.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Displays basic ID3v1 / ID3v2 / Ogg Vorbis tags

Optical media capability

Information about what kinds of optical discs the players can play. Footnotes lead to information about capabilities 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
AlbumPlayer No No No
Alpha2Player Yes No No
Amarok Yes No No
Aqualung Yes No No
Audacious Yes No No
Audion Yes No No
cmus No No No
Cog No No No
DeliPlayer No No No
foobar2000 Yes Yes (plugin)[opticalmedianotes 1] No
Jajuk Yes No No
JuK Yes[opticalmedianotes 2] No No
KSP Sound Player No No No
Media Jukebox Yes No No
MediaMonkey Yes No No
Mesk Yes No No
MusicBee Yes ? ?
Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No
musikCube Yes No No
Quod Libet Yes No No
QuickPlayer Yes No No
Rhapsody Yes No No
Rhythmbox Yes No No
Songbird Yes No No
Sonique Yes No No
VUPlayer Yes No No
XMMS Yes No No
XMPlay Yes No No
Yahoo! Music Jukebox Yes No No
Zinf Yes No No
Audio player CD DVD-Audio HDCD
Audio
  1. http://dvdadecoder.sourceforge.net/
  2. Requires K3B

See also

References

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