10 Media Players(console) for Linux

This is one of the best, feature-rich players for console. Build using ncurses and thus offering a text user interface, CMus has several view modes, organizes your music by artist/album, provides playlists and a library view, a filebrowser, it allows searching, Last.fm/Libre.fm scrobbling via this script, and it uses Vi-like keyboard shortcuts. A complete review can be found here and a guide to using it here.

CMus is a powerful, feature-rich music player for the terminal which uses the ncurses library

mp3blaster is one of the most popular music players for the terminal out there. It uses the ncurses toolkit, and has features like grouping of tracks, playlists, shuffle and repeat modes.

MOC stands for Music on Console and it is a twin-panel music player with the file browser to the left and the playlist to the right. MOC is built upon ncurses and allows shuffle, repeat, volume control.

MOC running in Ubuntu 11.10

Another ncurses-based music player for the terminal, Herrie is a minimalistic player that comes with playlists, support for various audio files, including Ogg and MP3, jump to next/previous song.

This is mplayer, the famous video/audio player and converter. However MPlayer can also be used as a command-line audio player, and it supports all the formats out there, including Ogg, FLAC, MP3 or WAV.

Self-described as “Sound eXchange, the Swiss Army Knife of audio manipulation”, SoX is actually a powerful command-line audio manipulation tool which can also be used as a music player, using the command play music_file.

Written in Python, PyTone is yet another command-line audio player. Simple and clean, it supports formats like MP3 or Ogg.

Another program written in Python, PyRadio is able to play Internet radio inside the terminal. To use it, download it from here, unzip the archive and then run the ./pyradio script.

With preselected stations, PyRadio is able to play Internet radio inside a terminal

This little command-line tool is included in the vorbis-tools package and is able to reproduce Ogg and FLAC. It’s very basic, yet very fast and useful for quickly listening to songs which are encoded in a free format.

Just as ogg123, only that mpg123 plays the MP3 format.


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