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I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my computer alongside Windows 7. I use iTunes as my main music player and library for Windows and would like to find similar software that works in Ubuntu. Is there a software that runs as good as iTunes and works in Linux or is it better for me to install iTunes using WINE ? Anyway, what is the best music player for Linux ?

asked Jun 26 '11 at 04:53

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Clementine music player is an iTunes like music player and has multiple OS versions http://www.clementine-player.org/downloads

Though, if you just want a player, VLC is the best

answered Jun 26 '11 at 04:58

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edited Jun 26 '11 at 10:04

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  • Thank you for your answer. I don't want just a media player. I want something that can manage my music library like iTunes does, so VLC is not what i want. Either way, i will try Clementime.
(Jun 26 '11 at 05:04) Kostas Kostas's gravatar image

Well, I am giving both sides of opening media

(Jun 26 '11 at 05:19) kevin ♦♦ kevin's gravatar image

What would be distinguishable about "the best music player for Linux"?

Perhaps you'd consider "the best music player for Linux" to be the one that uses the least resources, or maybe you're not so worried about resources, but you'd like to play lots of different media formats? Perhaps you're not fussed with either of these and you just want something you can put skins on or make transparent or integrate with your desktop?

We can't read your mind. Tell us exactly what you want and we might be able to give you a better recommendation.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 05:16

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  • I SAID I want it to be similar to iTunes.
(Jun 26 '11 at 05:19) Kostas Kostas's gravatar image

No, you said you want it to "run as good as iTunes". You still haven't told us whether you mean you want it to support the same formats as iTunes, whether you want it to look the same, whether you want it to run with similar memory and CPU constraints. Please ask the most specific question.

(Jun 26 '11 at 05:20) beStoN beStoN's gravatar image

I have never used iTunes, so I'm not sure what's similar. I've always liked Amarok though. It's the default audio player in many KDE distros. Some features it has is an integrated equalizer using Phonon, dynamically displays song lyrics and pulls up the Wikipedia page for the band (if there is one).

answered Jun 26 '11 at 08:04

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Banshee is the closest media player to itunes for linux, it should have no issues syncing music to ipods or iphones (however app will not sync)

answered Jun 26 '11 at 09:11

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If you like iTunes try Amarok or you can buy songs from Ubuntu One.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 09:18

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iTunes in WINE...........

answered Jun 26 '11 at 09:58

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With the help of a few addons and themes, Songbird can become very similar to iTunes. For example, you can easily find iTunes-like themes and there are addons for features like Cover Flow. By default, the layout itself is very similar to that of iTunes (buttons at the top, songs below) so you won't need to worry about learning anything new.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 10:49

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Banshee is about the closest you will get to iTunes, it offers very similar functions, there's a music store, you can sync, most, iPods using it.

If you really wanted to use iTunes you could run it through Wine although this may require a lot of extra work and if you're new to Ubuntu I wouldn't advise it. Still, if you really want to run iTunes, here's the Wine link for it WineHQ - iTunes.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 11:29

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I would try out Google Music Beta (music.google.com). You have to sign up and wait for an invitation, but it lets you sync your music from Windows and play it on Linux. Another one of my favorites is VLC.

answered Jun 26 '11 at 22:02

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Google Music is cool.. but you can't sync it from GNU/Linux and it does not support anything lossless; you can upload FLAC but it transcodes it to MP3. You also can't use it to sync to your iPod.

(Jun 27 '11 at 12:56) username username's gravatar image

You should be able to sync soon... it's still in Beta.

(Jun 27 '11 at 15:04) PCLinux7 PCLinux7's gravatar image

I prefer Rythmbox Player... Simple and easy to use...

answered Jun 27 '11 at 13:10

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