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Banshee has replaced Rhythmbox as the default music player in Ubuntu.

Most desktop distros include at least one music player, which many people won’t even think about changing. But with Ubuntu 11.04 dropping its old Rhythmbox application and opting instead for Banshee, our curiosity was piqued: which are the best music players for Linux?

We compiled an initial shortlist of three that we felt everyone should try: Rhythmbox, the default Gnome player; Amarok, the default KDE player; and Banshee, a player that has been around for a while and has now supplanted Rhythmbox on Ubuntu. To this we added Songbird, a music player built on the Mozilla codebase; and the doughty VLC, which has been playing media in various formats and on various operating systems since 1996.

Direct comparisons between such diverse software may seem unfair – a bare-bones player such as VLC is competing for a different demographic than a bells-and-whistles app such as Amarok or Banshee – which is why we’ve broken the Roundup into categories.

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June 6th, 2011

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