Audacious – audio player

Audacious is a semi-lightweight audio player with a WinAmp/XMMS-like skinnable GUI.

It supports most popular audio formats including but not limited to: MP3, AAC, WMA v1-2, Monkey’s Audio, WavPack, various module formats, console/chip formats, CD Audio, FLAC and Ogg Vorbis.

It has a compact, collapsible, movable playlist editor allowing you to view, sort, shuffle, load and save your music playlists. Content can be dragged directly onto the playlist, making it quick and easy to add media from different sources.

The built-in equalizer is also collapsible and movable. Equalizer presets can be saved and loaded, and configured to load presets automatically depending on the file being played.

Oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and voiceprint visualizations are built in and can be customized. Audacious also supports external plugins, allowing endless possibilities for visualizations, new input and output capabilities, and audio effects and enhancements.

Audacious is a fork of beep-media-player, a multimedia player that uses a skinned user interface based on Winamp 2.x skins, which itself was initially forked from XMMS. Gentoo published an interesting article about the reasons why their distro dropped XMMS.

The reason for the creation of Audacious was mainly because of technical problems with Beep Media Player.

Features include:

  • Seeking in files.
  • Volume/Balance.
  • Shuffle play.
  • Repeat play.
  • Playlist editor.
  • Spectrum Analyzer.
  • One Line mode al’a WinShade in Winamp.
  • Oscilloscope.
  • Timer Elapsed/Timer Remaining.
  • Plug-in system Output/Input/Effect/General/Visualization:
    • Scrobbler Plugin – a plugin that enables you to listen to Last.FM streams and submit tracks to Last.FM.
    • Song Change – a plugin that executes scripts at the beginning, end of songs and the end of a playlist.
    • EvDev-Plug – a plugin that allows you to control Audacious with a gamepad or joystick.
    • Status Icon – a plugin that allows you to shrink Audacious down to the system tray.
    • Audacious OSD – a plugin that announces songs for you.
    • Alarm – a plugin that can schedule playback at a given time each day (like an Alarm Clock).
  • “Search tool” plugin that allows searching a music library and creating playlists by artist, album, title, or genre.
  • Equalizer.
  • Double Size option.
  • Winamp 2.0 skin support (can use wsz files), XMMS skins.
  • GTK Requesters (with theme support).
  • Streaming/Shoutcast(1.0/1.1)/Icecast support.
  • Auto remove borders if the WM has support for it.
  • Fast jump in playlist.
  • Scroll wheel support.
  • Saves HTTP streams to HD.
  • HTTP authentication.
  • Plays MPEG layer 1/2/3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis.
  • Proxy authentication support.
  • Dock some of the plugins into the GTK interface.
  • Configurable playlist columns.
  • Supports the following codecs: MP3, AAC, AAC+, Vorbis, FLAC, Wavpack, Musepack, TTA, WMA, ALAX, 150 different module formats, a dozen chiptune formats, Playstation audio, Ad-lib chiptunes via AdPlug library, Microsoft ADPCM, RIFF .wav, data, more than 18 other WV formats, MIDI, and CD Audio.
  • Support for a subset of the MPRIS 2 protocol, allowing Audacious to be controlled from the Ubuntu Sound Menu.
  • Internet streams can be recorded while playing via a simple record button.
  • Visualization:
    • Paranormal Visualization Studio — a plugin like AVS.
    • ProjectM — a plugin like Milkdrop.
    • Blur Scope.
    • Spectrum Analyzer.
    • RockLight — a stroboscope for Thinkpad and Macintosh lights.
  • Transcoding.
  • Support for GTK 3.0.
  • Plugins:
    • Winamp Classic Interface.
    • Playlist Manager.
    • Search Tool.
    • Status Icon.
  • Translated into many different languages including Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more.

Support: Forums, Audtty
Developer: Audacious Development Team
License: GNU GPL v3


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