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  • foobar2000 icon


    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone

  • Clementine icon


    Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.4 to the Qt 4 framework and the GStreamer multimedia framework, focusing on a fast...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Winamp icon


    Winamp is a media player for Windows and OS X developed by Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev by their company Nullsoft, which they later sold to AOL, who sold to Radionomy in January 2014. Since version 2 it has been sold as freemium...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android

  • AIMP icon


    Freeware Winamp-like media player, based on BASS audio library with support for large number of formats and playlists. It works with multiple playlists immediately (tabbed window), allows creation of bookmarks and also has a playback...

    Free Windows Android

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    MediaMonkey is a music player and a music library manager with support for 50,000+ files and many features for organizing, tagging, converting and burning your music. It also has advanced podcasting and syncing features. MediaMonkey...

    Freemium Windows Android Windows RT

  • Audacious icon


    Audacious is an advanced audio player. It is free, lightweight, based on GTK+, runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. Its advanced audio playback...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Xfce

  • Amarok icon


    Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music easier than ever before - and it looks good doing it! Features - Scripts ...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    Rhythmbox is an audio player for Linux that plays and organizes digital music. Inspired by Apple's iTunes, it is free software that is designed to work well under the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Banshee icon


    Play your music and videos. Stay entertained and up to date with podcasts and video podcasts. Discover new music with radio. Sync your G1 phone, iPod, and other devices.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Discontinued No new releases and features since 2014. Latest versions, 2.6.2 (stable) and 2.9.1 (development), released in February and March 2014, are still working and can be downloaded from the official website.
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    Miro (formerly Democracy Player) is a free and open source internet TV application, media library, and video player. Through Miro, you can subscribe to any RSS feed, podcast, or video blog and explore hundreds of free channels...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    DeaDBeeF is a lightweight graphical music player created for easy playback of music and management of playlists. It supports major audio codecs and tags, global hotkeys, gapless playback, streaming audio, command line control, and has...

    Open Source Linux Android BSD Xfce

  • Vox Music Player icon

    Vox Music Player

    All-in-one music player with SoundCloud, Youtube, LAST.FM and the unlimited cloud storage integration for Mac and iPhone.

    Freemium Mac iPhone Apple Watch

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    A tiny and portable audio player. With a size of about 280 KiB it plays OGG, MP3, audio CDs, WMA and several less used formats like XM, IT, MOD, UMX and others. Furthermore it supports a wide range of plugins, skins and...

    Free Windows

  • Nightingale icon


    Nightingale is a free and powerfull music player for Linux, Windows and Mac based on the Songbird media player source code. A beautiful interface with a wide range of supported audio formats, all with multi-platform support! ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Harmony Music Player icon

    Harmony Music Player

    Music player with sleek interface & cloud compatibility. Features: • Play tracks from SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Spotify, Deezer, Hype Machine or your local tracks • All your playlists within the same app • Sound menu...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 1by1 icon


    1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks - with no need for playlists or databases. Features ...

    Free Windows Linux Android

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    aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems. A skinnable java alternative to iTunes (similar...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued last update: 22. June 2014
  • Winyl icon


    Winyl is a free digital audio player and music library application for organizing and playing audio on Windows. Winyl offers great new ways to organize and enjoy all your music. Listen to music and radio, rate your favorite tracks...

    Free Windows

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    The official elementary OS music player. Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries. It handles external devices, CDs, and album art. Noise utilizes Granite for a consistent and slick UI. ...

    Open Source Linux

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    Quintessential Media Player

    Quintessential Media Player is a feature rich media player for Microsoft Windows. It supports all popular audio formats including MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and CDs. QMP is highly skinnable and has a robust plug-in architecture.

    Free Windows

  • Swinsian icon


    Swinsian is a simple music player dedicated to managing music, without the complexity of ebooks, apps, online stores, T.V. shows and movies, with support for formats such as FLAC and Ogg Vorbis, and a simpler interface that fits in...

    Commercial Mac

  • Guayadeque icon


    Guayadeque is a music management program designed for all music enthusiasts. It is Full Featured Linux media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the Gstreamer media framework. Using it, Guayadeque has all the...

    Open Source Linux

  • Musique icon


    Musique unclutters your music listening experience with a clean interface that keeps you focused on what really matters: music. Musique supports most audio formats including FLAC, OGG Vorbis, Monkey's Audio (APE), Musepack...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Resonic icon


    Resonic is a slick audio player / directory player and sample browser, built around a big waveform view. .

    Free Personal Windows

  • Napster icon


    Napster is the ultimate digital music service, offering MP3 downloads and unlimited on-demand streaming. Enjoy any track in Napster.s multi-million-song library and discover new music through personalized recommendation tools....

    Commercial Web / Cloud Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • MOC icon


    MOC (music on console) is a console audio player for LINUX/UNIX designed to be powerful and easy to use. You just need to select a file from some directory using the menu similar to Midnight Commander, and MOC will start playing...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • QQPlayer icon


    QQ Player is a highly multimedia player for various audio and video formats. It supports all the popular formats of videos, including AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GP, MKV, MOV and etc. Moreover with QQ Player you can play and convert all...

    Free Windows Android

  • GOM Audio icon

    GOM Audio

    GOM Audio is a free audio player designed to make it simple to listen to CDs, MP3s, M4As, and other popular audio formats on your PC. GOM Audio implements many of the features and shortcuts used in GOM Media Player to further...

    Free Windows

  • Meridian icon


    Meridian is a music player which allows you to listen to music from popular Russian social network It communicates with some additional services like and to bring to you some advanced features:...

    Open Source Windows Web / Cloud Windows Phone

  • JRiver Media Center icon

    JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer running Windows. Media Center is a "jukebox"-style media player, like iTunes, which usually uses...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Eina icon


    Your music belongs to you Current music players are focused on managing your music collection, while using mandatory criteria about how they organize it. Eina does not care about it at all. If your are an organized person...

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • Jajuk icon


    Jajuk is software that organizes and plays music using Java. It is a full-featured application geared towards advanced users with large or scattered music collections. Using multiple perspectives, the software is designed to be...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Style Jukebox icon

    Style Jukebox

    Style Jukebox Cloud Player is the easiest way to take your music anywhere and listen to it on all your devices, online and offline. Style Jukebox is free up to 1,000 songs and it's available for Windows, iOS, Android and...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • Jaangle icon


    Jaangle (formerly Teen Spirit) is a free music player and organizer software. It categorizes your mp3, ogg, wma, avi etc collection and displays it in easy to browse, user interface. It has a quality audio - video player and also an...

    Open Source Windows

MusicBee Comments

It's FreeWare but not Free

Comment by Pr4xis
about MusicBee Feb 2016

Really nice software but it's not free (not cost, but not source), on the official site ( ) we can see "Freeware for personal use" and i can't found the source or a licence.


Underdog Music Player 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by dankijote
about MusicBee Mar 2015

I was trying music management software from top to bottom. Foobar, itunes, winamp, etc. MusicBee was 6 or 7th position. The first ones disappointed me for one reason or another. And my last chance was this one MusicBee. I was not expecting very much. And what a surprise! This player is amazing! It has a lot of features and it a lot of settings... It is an amazing piece of software. It is light and works perfectly. I am in love with it. Give it a chance!


one of the thing i love to see on my linux

Positive Comment by jemay742
about MusicBee Dec 2012

truly love this am using it for almost three years


Brilliant music player!

Positive Comment by Apaosha
about MusicBee Dec 2012

Simply the best music player out there. I love it!



Positive Comment by User5183412
about MusicBee Jul 2012

MusicBee is the only free music player that has built-in lyrics display (timestamped and non-timestamped), individual volume setting for individual songs and other customizable features.

It is simply the best in the free music player world.


My favourite player 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Nekocandii
about MusicBee Jan 2012

I've tried multiple music players and this one is my favourite. I adore the interface as well as the integration. Not having to download the actual program is a huge plus.

The auto-dj function has to be my favourite though. It's very accurate and allows me to listen to music that I don't have in my library. Great way to find new artists.

It's full of features and a definite recommendation.


I'm sold...

Positive Comment by TDL
about MusicBee Jan 2012

I am an audio podcast fan and tested Mediamonkey and Helium as free versions to see how they manage podcasts.

Helium has a very simple if not rachitic podcast functionality. Mediamonkey is very good but i sincerely hate Delphi coded apps and their clunky GUIs.

The biggest problem was : i'm french and these apps have problems with accented characters (replaced by symbols).

I tried MusicBee thanks to the enthusiastic comments here and wow, not only MusicBee is able to deal with these accented characters but the podcast functionality is also very complete. The program is able to retrieve episodes with their entire tags. It is the only one which detected the "genre" of my podcasts (news, social and so on).

MusicBee can also detect episodes you already have on your hard drive and put them in a tree called "unknown subscription". You can move them to one of your feeds by a simple "right click -> move podcast to". It is very convenient if you have archived episodes of a same feed which were downloaded by another app like iTunes or whatever.

Concerning the whole program iself, i don't think you can find a better option in the freeware league it even surpasses paid apps in certain aspects.

The tagging capabilities are legion, it is skinnable, it supports radio stations and podcasts. I recommend it.

It is what Songbird should have been in a sense.

PS : the user Pr1me said earlier that he didn't like the logo and the splash screen. Splash screen can be disabled in the options and the logo icon can be changed.


I used it for some time, but now i found out how much you c ...

Comment by RRRicardo
about MusicBee Jun 2011

I used it for some time, but now i found out how much you can do with the interface, really great program!


Add me as another MusicBee enthusiast. Lots of feature, goo ...

Comment by mcevoli
about MusicBee Jun 2011

Add me as another MusicBee enthusiast. Lots of feature, good usability, A+.


All this alternatives listed here are not alternatives to M ...

Comment by stassh
about MusicBee Jun 2011

All this alternatives listed here are not alternatives to MusicBee.
MusicBee doesn't have alternatives.


I was sold with this media player thanks to the built in La ...

Comment by pndragon
about MusicBee Jun 2011

I was sold with this media player thanks to the built in Last.FM integration that helps me finally break free of the dependance on stand-alone players for music stats such as play count, favorites, etc. This means that I can, at any time, start from scratch with my media player or library location (due to pc re-build, or a catastrophic recovery etc.) and continue where I left off with all my play counts.

Unfortunately for me, its taken me over 9 years to find a product like this. Media monkey came close but was never reliable. I highly commend the authors of this program for building a light, effecient, yet feature loaded program. In that time, I have lost thousands of play counts and other stats... this is what I've been waiting for.

Pros: Syncs with Last.FM, built in automatic lyrics search, auto playlist generator.


This is an incredible music player. It is much better than ...

Comment by Hondoe50
about MusicBee Jun 2011

This is an incredible music player. It is much better than iTunes and keeps getting better every month with more functionality.

By now, it is very polished and bug-free and really worth exploring.


Really great media player, replaced my iTunes (bloatware) a ...

Comment by Pablo_Mendoza
about MusicBee Jun 2011

Really great media player, replaced my iTunes (bloatware) and even has more functionalities.


Very good player, the only con is that it is a beta, so you ...

Comment by melvinkooi
about MusicBee Jun 2011

Very good player, the only con is that it is a beta, so you can expect bugs.