In brief: We’ll take a look at some of the best music players for Linux that you may not even have heard of.
Music players such as Rhythmbox, Amarok, Clementine, and others are quite well known and are used by a significant portion of Linux users. And are listed in the top required Linux desktop applications.
But, as I often like to say, there are alternatives to everything in the Linux world. And I can probably tell you about a few good music players for Linux that you may not have heard of until today.
Of course, they may not meet your needs or you may not find them beautiful enough. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know a few alternatives, do you agree?
7 little-known but cool music players for Linux
Okay, let’s get started. To begin with, I want to clarify that in this article all the players are listed in random order. You will have to try them yourself to find out which one you like best.
Just in case, I left you instructions on how to install these players on Ubuntu. And I know for a fact that they can also be installed on other Linux distributions. You’ll just need to figure out how to do it.
Sayonara is a small but fast music player for Linux. It has a unique and compact user interface. Sayonara supports external devices and dynamic playback. It has a built-in metadata editor and mp3 converter. Sayonara supports smooth fade, speed and pitch control. It can also display song lyrics and album covers.
Installing Sayonara in Ubuntu
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:lucioc/sayonara sudo apt update sudo apt install sayonara
Lollypop is one of my favorite music players on Linux. Lollypop is a modern, minimalistic and elegant design. It was designed to work perfectly with the GNOME desktop environment and has both a light and dark theme.
Lollypop is easy, fun and intuitive to use. It can sort your music library by album name, artist, or genre, find lyrics and artist biographies online, and automatically select covers. And also: broadcast songs from online music services and charts, such as Spotify, Last.fm, iTunes and the like, add online radio stations on Lollypop, and supports scrobbling songs on Last.fm and Libre.fm.
Just look at what an attractive interface it has in full-screen mode. You can also turn on the party mode and relax while enjoying the songs that Lollypop chooses for you.
Finally, Lollypop can sync songs with Android or other MTP devices.
Installing Lollypop on Ubuntu
Lollypop is available for Ubuntu via the PPA. You will need to add a PPA repository and then you will be able to install it:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnumdk/lollypop sudo apt update sudo apt install lollypop
Yarock is one of the lightest music players on Linux. We mentioned it some time ago in the article “Light Alternative applications for Ubuntu”. Yarock has a modern and elegant interface and provides various advanced features.
Yarock contains a smart playlist generator, ratings, and playback without pauses. What makes Yarock different is that it supports multiple servers for audio playback.
This player has a minimalistic mode with a tiny interface, desktop notification support, and a command line interface.
Yarock can broadcast radio services such as TuneIn, SHOUTcast, Dirble, and the like, and supports music scrobbling on Last.fm and can go to the Internet for the biography of the artist or the text of your favorite track.
Installing Yarock in Ubuntu
To install Yarock on Ubuntu, enter the following commands in the terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt update sudo apt install yarock
Harmony is a cross-platform music player built on Electron. Although Harmony is neither an open source app nor a free app, it has an unlimited time trial period and is a pleasure to look at.
There aren’t many parameters to configure in Harmony. But there is everything you need: an elegant user interface with a light and dark theme, integration with the notification area and support for scrobbling Last.fm.
And another good news, with Harmony you will not be limited to your own music library, you can add music streaming services such as Google Music, SoundCloud, Spotify and the like.
Installing Harmony in Ubuntu
Harmony can be downloaded and installed from the DEB fileavailable on the player’s website.
Musique is a lightweight music player that visually resembles iTunes. It is designed to be simple and leaves all the more or less complex functions behind. It can correct spelling and case errors, and automatically retrieve cover art and information about currently playing tracks, albums, and artists from the World Wide Web.
And scrobbling your songs on Last.fm, where without it.
Installing Musique in Ubuntu
To install Musique, you need to download the DEB package from the official website and install it.
6. VVAVE Music Player
Remember there was such a player – Babe, Vvave Media Player its successor, supported by the KDE community, adapted for KDE desktops (Plasma), while closely integrated with KDE Connect, MPRIS Controls, KRunner, and also supports native notifications.
You can manage your music in an organized way (with drag’n’drop support inside). This way, you won’t have any problems setting up playlists after you mark your favorite songs. It also supports Plasma Mobile – if you need it. VVave also integrates youtube-dl features, so you can stream/download your favorite music from YouTube. Apart from all this, it also tries to get some semantic information about the song, such as lyrics, label information, and other details.
Installing Vvave on Linux
You can find the AppImage file in the downloads section of its official web page. You can choose between the stable version and the alpha version.
Download it and use it to run. You can refer to our guide – How to use AppImageif you’re not sure you can handle it yourself.
Museeks is a simple music player that resembles the user interface of the iTunes player on Windows or Mac. It supports multiple music file formats, including .m3u. If that matters, you also get a dark theme-which is a fat plus to a positive user experience.
It doesn’t have a whole set of parameters – just to keep the system awake when using Museeks and a few other interface parameters.
Installing Museeks on Linux
You have the option to download the .deb / .rpm / AppImage file from the official website. This is probably the best way-if you don’t find it in your software center or package installer.
Is there any chance we missed some unusual music player for Linux – tell us about it in the comments section!