Comparison of audio player software

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, "audio players" are defined as any media player explicitly designed to play audio files, with limited or no support for video playback. Multi-media players designed for video playback, which can also play music, are included under comparison of video player software.

General

Name Author First public release Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in
AIMP AIMP DevTeam August 8, 2006 Windows: v4.60, build 2161 (November 28, 2019 (2019-11-28)[1]) [±]

Android: v3.00, build 939 (December 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)[2]) [±]

Free Proprietary BASS audio library (decoder) Delphi
Amarok Mark Kretschmann June 1, 2003 2.9 (March 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)) [±] Free GPLv2 via Phonon: GStreamer, xine, MPlayer, VLC, DirectShow, QuickTime C++
Aqualung Tom Szilagyi et al. January 1, 2006 0.9beta11 January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30) Free GPLv2 or later C
aTunes Alex Aranda et al. January 1, 2006 3.1.2 (June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)) [±] Free GPLv2 Java
Audacious Audacious Development Team October 30, 2005 3.10.1 (December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)[3]) [±] Free BSD XMMS based C, C++ (GTK+)
Banshee Aaron Bockover February 17, 2005 2.6.2 (February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)[4]) [±] Free MIT GStreamer C#
Clementine Clementine Team March 1, 2011 1.3.1 (April 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer C++ (Qt)
cmus Timo Hirvonen January 18, 2005 2.8.0 (January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)) [±] Free GPL C
Cog Vincent Spader May 1, 2006 0.07 (December 24, 2007 (2007-12-24)) [±] Free GPL Objective-C
Exaile Adam Olsen May 24, 2006 4.0.0 (June 6, 2019 (2019-06-06)) [±] Free GPLv2 or later GStreamer Python (GTK+)
Ecoute Louka Desroziers & Julien Sagot September 2008 3.0.8 Free (until version 4) Proprietary AV Foundation & QuickTime Objective-C
Flash MP3 Player Reality Software March 11, 2008 1.00 Free Proprietary
foobar2000 Peter Pawlowski November 29, 2002 1.5 (November 29, 2019 (2019-11-29)[5]) [±] Free Proprietary (core),
BSD (SDK)
C++
Guayadeque Music Player Juan Rios March 12, 2009 0.4.5 Free GPL GStreamer C++ (wxWidgets, wxSqlite)
iTunes Apple Inc. January 9, 2001 12.9.2 (December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)) [±] Free Proprietary QuickTime ?
JRiver Media Center JRiver, Inc. February 1, 1999 25.0.18 (April 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)[6]) [±] Non-free Proprietary JRiver code C++
JuK Scott Wheeler February 1, 2003 3.11 (February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)[7]) [±] Free GPL C++
MediaMonkey Standard Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.24 (March 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)) [±]me Free Proprietary Delphi, C
MediaMonkey Gold Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.24 (March 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)) [±]me Non-free Proprietary Delphi, C
MediaMonkey Lifetime Ventis Media Inc. August 25, 2003 4.1.24 (March 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)) [±]me Non-free Proprietary
Groove Music Microsoft 2012 Free Proprietary
MPXPLAY MPXPLAY January 1, 1998 3.05 (February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03)) [±] Free GPL C
Music on Console Damian Pietras January 1, 2002 2.5.1 (April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)) [±] Free GPL C
Music Player Daemon Warren Dukes May 1, 2003 0.21.16 (October 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)[8]) [±] Free GPL C
MusicBee Steven Mayall December 4, 2008 3.3.7252 (November 14, 2019 (2019-11-14)) [±] Free Proprietary BASS audio library Visual Basic .NET
musikCube Casey Langen January 1, 2005 1.1 Final[9] (March 23, 2012 (2012-03-23)) [±] Free BSD
Napster William Christopher Gorog October 1, 2003 4.6.3.4 (August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)) [±] Non-free Proprietary
Quod Libet Quod Libet Team November 8, 2004 4.0.2 (January 17, 2018 (2018-01-17)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer Python (GTK) PyGTK
Rdio Rdio Inc Microsoft Windows: 1.12.0.0 (2013) WP 8+ : 4.0.5.0 (28 October 2013 (2013-10-28))

iOS: 3.0.3 (27 September 2014 (2014-09-27))

(subscription required) Proprietary
Rhapsody RealNetworks January 1, 2003 14.0 (16 October 2006) [±] (subscription required) Proprietary
Rhythmbox Colin Walters April 1, 2004 3.4.2 (October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer C
Songbird POTI Inc. February 8, 2006 2.2.0, Build 2453 (February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)) [±] Free GPL GStreamer
Sonic Visualiser Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London 3.1.1 (August 14, 2018) Free GPLv2 or later
Sonique Media Science November 1, 1998 1.96 (March 2002) Free Proprietary
Spotify Spotify LTD 2008
Android8.5.33.831 / November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)[10]
Android Wear8.5.33.831 / November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)
iOS8.5.33 / November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)[11]
Windows 10 (Microsoft Store)1.1.18.611 / October 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)[12]
macOS1.1.18.611 / October 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)[13]
Linux1.1.10.546 / July 17, 2019 (2019-07-17)[14]
Non-free Proprietary
Style Jukebox Digital Geek LTD July 1, 2009 2.2.1 (October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08)) [±] Free Proprietary C#
Winamp Nullsoft April 21, 1997 5.8.3660 (October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19)) [±] Free Proprietary Wasabi C/C++
XMMS XMMS Team November 1, 1997 1.2.11 (November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16)) [±] Free GPL original C
XMPlay Un4seen Developments 1998 3.8 (December 23, 2013) Free Proprietary original (based on the BASS audio library)
Name Author First public release date Stable version Cost Software license Based framework Written in

    Operating system compatibility

    This section lists the operating systems on which the player works. There may be multiple versions of a player for different operating systems.

    Audio player Windows OS X Linux iOS Android BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS
    AIMP Yes No via Wine No Yes No No No No
    Amarok Yes beta Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    aTunes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
    Audacious Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Audion No Yes No No No No No No No
    Banshee alpha beta Yes No No Yes No No No
    cmus No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Cog No Yes No No No No No No No
    Clementine Yes Yes Yes No remote controller only Yes Yes Yes No
    Ecoute No Yes No Yes No No No No No
    Exaile Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
    foobar2000 Yes beta[osnotes 1] via Wine[osnotes 2] Yes Yes No No No No
    Guayadeque Music Player No Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
    Groove Music Yes No No No No No No No No
    iTunes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
    JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes remote controller only Yes No No No No
    MediaMonkey Yes No No No Yes No No No No
    MPXPLAY Yes No No No No No No No Yes
    Music Player Daemon cygwin Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    MusicBee Yes No Partial[15] No No No No No No
    Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No No No No No No No
    musikCube Yes No No No No No No No No
    Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Rdio Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
    Rhapsody Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
    Rhythmbox No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Songbird Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
    Sonique Yes No No No No No No No No
    Spotify Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
    Style Jukebox Yes No No Yes Yes No No No No
    Winamp Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No
    XMMS No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    XMPlay Yes No No No No No No No No
    Zinf Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
    Audio player Windows OS X Linux iOS Android BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix DOS

    Features

    Audio player Video playback Outbound streaming Skinnable Media database Gapless audio decoding Visualizer Remote controllable Intelligent playlists from database (based on criteria)
    AIMP No via Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes via Plugins No
    Amarok Partial[featurenotes 1] Yes Partial[featurenotes 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Audacious No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
    Audion No No Yes No ? Yes ? No
    cmus No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
    Cog No No No No Yes No Yes No
    Clementine No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Exaile No ? No Yes Yes No Yes[16] Yes
    foobar2000 No Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes[featurenotes 3] Yes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes
    iTunes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    JRiver Media Center Yes via Plugins Yes Yes Yes Yes via Plugins Yes
    JuK No No No Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 4] ?
    MediaMonkey Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes
    MPXPLAY Yes (with MMC v2.00a) ? text-interface Yes Yes Yes Yes (also LCD ability) ?
    Music Player Daemon No Yes Client dependent Yes Yes Client dependent Yes Client dependent
    MusicBee No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Musicmatch Jukebox No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
    musikCube No No No Yes No Partial[lower-alpha 1] ? Yes
    Quod Libet No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
    Rhapsody No No No Yes ? No ? ?
    Rhythmbox No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Sonique Partial[lower-alpha 1] No Yes No No Yes ? No
    Spotify Yes ? No No Yes No Yes (via app) No
    Winamp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    XMMS Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes No Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes No
    XMPlay Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes No Yes Yes No No
    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)

    Extended features

    Audio player ReplayGain Tag mass Tag flexible[featurenotes 5] Time stretch Pitch shift A-B repeat Bookmark Auto resume Shutdown on play complete Archive ability
    AIMP Yes Yes[featurenotes 6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
    Amarok Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[featurenotes 7] Yes Yes No No
    Audacious Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
    Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    cmus Yes No No No No No No Yes No No
    Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Clementine Yes Yes No No No ? No No No No
    Exaile Yes Yes Yes[17] No No Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] No
    foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes
    iTunes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No
    JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[featurenotes 8] Yes Yes Yes No
    JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes ?
    MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Musicmatch Jukebox ? Partial[featurenotes 9] ? No No ? ? ? ? ?
    musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes Partial[featurenotes 10] Partial[featurenotes 10] No Yes Yes No No
    Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Rhythmbox Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No
    Sonique No No ? Yes Yes No No No No ?
    Spotify No No No No No No No Yes No No
    Winamp Yes Yes ? No Yes ? Yes ? No ?
    XMMS Partial Yes ? No No No No Yes No No
    XMPlay Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes
    Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ?
    Audio player ReplayGain Tag mass Tag flexible Time stretch Pitch shift A-B repeat Bookmark Auto resume Shutdown on play complete Archive ability
    1. Basic function with NMM
    2. Context Browser uses CSS.
    3. UIs may be switched. Shares Windows' themes by default. Additionally, a plugin (foo_looks) can skin foobar2000.
    4. Using DCOP
    5. Flexible tagging is 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.
    6. Through use of the Advanced Tag Editor.
    7. Through plugin: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Repeat+A+B?content=45993&PHPSESSID=a86dadfbbaf38573a7287e13947745e7
    8. Through plugin: http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Repeat+A+B?content=45993&PHPSESSID=a86dadfbbaf38573a7287e13947745e7
    9. Paid version only
    10. Through Audio Pitch, Speed plugin

    Audio format ability

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

    Audio player Lossy compression Lossless compression
    MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC Dolby AC-3 VQF Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV WMA L
    AIMP Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
    Amarok[lower-alpha 3][18][19] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Audacious Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
    Audion Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
    Banshee Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
    cmus Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] No Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] ? Yes[lower-alpha 5] Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes ?
    Cog Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
    Exaile Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ? Yes Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ?
    foobar2000 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Groove Music Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
    JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes 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 ?
    Media Jukebox Yes[audionotes 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
    MediaMonkey Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] ? No Yes Yes Yes Partial[lower-alpha 1] Partial[lower-alpha 1] ?
    MPXPLAY Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes No No Yes ?
    Music Player Daemon Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] Partial[lower-alpha 4] Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 4] Yes ?
    MusicBee Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 2] Yes Yes
    Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No No No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
    musikCube Yes Partial[lower-alpha 7] No Yes Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] ? ? Yes Yes No No Partial[lower-alpha 7] ?
    Quod Libet Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ? Yes Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ?
    Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No ? ? No No No No No ?
    Rhythmbox Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ? Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] Yes[lower-alpha 6] ?
    Sonique Yes Yes No Yes Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] No ? ? No No No No No ?
    Spotify[20] Yes No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
    Style Jukebox Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes
    Winamp Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes[lower-alpha 1] ?
    XMMS Yes Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] Partial[lower-alpha 7] Yes Yes No Yes[lower-alpha 1] ? Partial[lower-alpha 7] Yes No Partial[lower-alpha 7] Yes ?
    XMPlay Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] ? Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes[lower-alpha 1] ?
    Zinf Yes No No Yes No No No ? ? No No No No No ?
    Audio player MP3 WMA RealAudio Vorbis Musepack AAC Dolby AC-3 VQF Opus APE FLAC ALAC SHN WV WMA L
    1. Requires External Encoding App

    Container format ability

    Information about what container formats the players understand. Footnotes lead to information about abilities 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
    AIMP No Yes No Yes No No Partial No No No
    Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Basic Basic Yes ? ? Yes
    Audacious No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No Audio only
    Audion No No No No No No No ? ? ?
    cmus No No No Vorbis only No Basic Yes ? ? ?
    Cog No No No Yes No No Partial ? ? ?
    foobar2000 Partial[lower-alpha 1] Yes No Yes No Yes[containernotes 1] Yes ? ? Audio only
    JuK No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
    JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
    MediaMonkey No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
    MOC Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? Yes
    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 ? ? ?
    Rhapsody No No No No No No No ? ? ?
    Rhythmbox No Yes No Vorbis only No No Yes[lower-alpha 6] ? ? ?
    Sonique No[lower-alpha 7] No No Yes No No No ? ? ?
    Winamp Yes Yes Yes[lower-alpha 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
    XMMS No No No Vorbis only No No No ? ? ?
    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 abilities

    Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF
    AIMP No No No No No No No Yes No No No No No No
    Amarok ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Audacious No No No No No No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
    Audion ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    cmus No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
    Cog ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    foobar2000 No No No No No No Yes (plugin) ? ? Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin) Yes (plugin)
    JuK ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    JRiver Media Center ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    MediaMonkey ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes (Winamp plugin) Yes (Winamp plugin) Yes (Winamp plugin)
    MPXPLAY ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    MusicBee ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?[lower-alpha 6] Yes ? ?
    Musicmatch Jukebox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    musikCube ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Rhythmbox ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Sonique ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    XMMS ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Zinf ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    Audio player Flash RealPix QuickTime Video Effects in mov HTML+TIME(+VML) smil/smi SVG MIDI(smf) MIDI(kar) MIDI(xmf) MIDI(rmi) MIDI(xmi) NSF SPC PSF

      Protocol abilities

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

      Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other
      AIMP Yes No Yes No No
      Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes UPNP
      Audacious Yes No Yes No ?
      Audion Yes No No No ?
      cmus Yes No No No ?
      Cog No No No No ?
      foobar2000 Yes Partial[protocolnotes 1] Yes Partial[protocolnotes 2] ?
      JuK ? ? ? ? ?
      JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
      MediaMonkey Yes No No Yes[protocolnotes 3] ?
      MusicBee Yes ? ? Yes ?
      Musicmatch Jukebox Yes ? ? ? ?
      musikCube Yes No No ? ?
      Rhapsody Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
      Rhythmbox Yes Yes No Partial[protocolnotes 4] UPNP
      Sonique Yes ? ? ? ?
      XMMS Yes ? ? ? ?
      Zinf Yes Yes No No ?
      Audio player HTTP RTSP (RTSPU, RTSPT) MMS (MMSU, MMST) Podcasting Other
      1. Only WMA files are playable by foobar2000 through an RTSP connection. RealMedia, AAC, etc. are not supported.
      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 ability

      Information about which playlist formats the players understand.

      Audio player asx,
      wax, wvx
      M3U pls XSPF CUE
      AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Amarok Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Audacious Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Audion ? ? ? ? ?
      Clementine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      cmus No Yes Yes No ?
      Cog ? ? ? ? ?
      Exaile Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
      foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      iTunes No Yes ? ? No
      JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      JuK ? ? ? ? ?
      MediaMonkey ? Yes ? No ?
      MPXPLAY ? Yes Yes ? Yes
      MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Musicmatch Jukebox ? Yes ? ? ?
      musikCube ? ? ? ? ?
      Quod Libet Partial Yes Yes No ?
      Rhapsody ? ? ? ? ?
      Rhythmbox ? ? Yes ? No
      Sonique ? Yes Yes ? ?
      Spotify[21] No No No No No
      Winamp Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
      XMMS ? Yes Yes ? ?
      Zinf ? ? ? No ?
      Audio player asx/wax/wvx M3U pls XSPF CUE

        Metadata ability

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

        Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text WAVE chunks
        AIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Amarok Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1][metadatanotes 2] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes Yes[metadatanotes 3] ? Yes
        Audacious Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
        Audion Yes Yes No No ? ? ?
        cmus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
        Cog Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
        foobar2000 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[metadatanotes 4] Yes
        iTunes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
        JRiver Media Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        JuK Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] Yes[metadatanotes 1] ? ? ?
        MediaMonkey Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
        Mixxx Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
        MPXPLAY Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
        MusicBee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Musicmatch Jukebox Yes Yes No ? ? Yes ?
        musikCube Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ?
        Quod Libet Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
        Rhapsody Yes Yes No No ? ? ?
        Rhythmbox Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
        Sonique Yes No ? ? ? ? ?
        XMMS Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
        Zinf Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ?
        Audio player ID3v1 ID3v2 APEv2 tag Vorbis comment Cue sheet CD-Text WAVE chunks
        1. Understanding of ID3v1, ID3v2, APEv2 and Vorbis comments is handled by an external library called TagLib.
        2. Amarok does not understand embedded covers.
        3. Yes Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, but buggy.
        4. There is a plugin called CD-TEXT Reader adding such a feature.

        Optical media ability

        Information about what kinds of optical discs the players can play. Footnotes lead to information about abilities 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
        Amarok Partial No No
        aTunes No No No
        Audacious Yes No No
        Audion Yes No No
        cmus No No No
        Cog No No No
        foobar2000 Yes Yes (plugin)[opticalmedianotes 1] Yes (plugin)[opticalmedianotes 2]
        JuK Yes[opticalmedianotes 3] No No
        JRiver Media Center Yes Yes[opticalmedianotes 4] Yes
        MediaMonkey Yes No No
        MusicBee Yes Yes Yes
        Musicmatch Jukebox Yes No No
        musikCube Yes No No
        Rhapsody Yes No No
        Rhythmbox Yes No No
        Sonique Yes No No
        Winamp Yes No No
        XMMS Yes No No
        Zinf Yes No No
        Audio player CD DVD-Audio HDCD
        Audio

        See also

        Notes

        1. Plugin available.
        2. Available through a Winamp plugin.
        3. Amarok uses non-Amarok libraries to decode audio. It will play any file for which a codec is available on the system. The default libraries in Linux are from the GStreamer project, and in Windows from the VLC project.
        4. Available through a FFmpeg plugin.
        5. Available through the opusfile plugin.
        6. Available through a Gstreamer plugin.
        7. Available via plugins that can be automatically downloaded during installation.

        References

        1. Latest AIMP for Windows changelog
        2. Latest AIMP for Android changelog
        3. Lindgren, John (26 December 2018). "audacious-3.10.1". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
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