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Open Source iTunes Alternatives

The best open source alternative to iTunes is Clementine. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to iTunes and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to iTunes are Strawberry, Audacious, Rhythmbox and DeaDBeeF.

iTunes alternatives are mainly Audio Players but may also be Music Streaming Services or Podcast Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of iTunes.
This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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  1. Clementine is a cross-platform free and open source music player and library organizer. It is a port of Amarok 1.

    Clementine vs iTunes opinions
    Most users think Clementine is a great alternative to iTunes.

    Amazing playback and sync capabilites. Especially great for streaming or handling big music libraries.

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    phenn

    Easy to use. Doesn't nag constantly.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    glengaldine

    Really good. Started to use it in my Linux years (mostly on Arch), and using it still on macOS. Interface is a bit chaotic, but it's much better then iTunes so far.

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  2. Strawberry is a music player and music collection organizer. It is a fork of Clementine released in 2018 aimed at music collectors and audiophiles. The name is inspired by the band Strawbs. It's written in C++ using the Qt framework.

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    Fork from Clementine which was excellent.

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  3. 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. There is also support for several visual styles from Winamp.

  4. 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 .

    Rhythmbox vs iTunes opinions
    Most users think Rhythmbox is a great alternative to iTunes.

    Similar concept and functionality.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  5. 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 an 18-band equalizer.



  6. Quod Libet is a Gapless GTK+-based audio player written in Python. Its designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (dont worry, regular searches work too).

    Quod Libet vs iTunes opinions
    Most users think Quod Libet is a great alternative to iTunes.

    The hi hat and cymbals on Mr Mister's "we belong to no one" are clearer than foobar the bass is deep but not annoying the entire playback of this song is extremely clear.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  7. 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!

    Amarok vs iTunes opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Amarok is a great alternative to iTunes.
    hasanyildiz

    Difficult to use. It's confusing.

    Positive comment 5 months ago
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    ewanneil

    Not really up to the job. It made a total mess of my collection of around 40k tracks. I couldn't find anything. For example, it stuck lots of my single artist albums into "various" and missed out a whole host of second discs from double albums. To make matters worse it crashed or failed to respond more often than not. I think iTunes is pretty poor but this is considerably worse.

    Negative comment 10 months ago
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    No music store. Also not available for Mac. GPL, which is copyleft, and I really don't care for copyleft. I care more for open source, but I most care that it's free. I don't hate open-source though. Any other software licensed under MIT or BSD?

    Negative comment over 4 years ago
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  8. gPodder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Symbian S60
    • BSD
    • Blackberry 10
    • PlayBook
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce

    gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you. Listen directly on your computer or on your mobile devices.

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    ccier7u87wl2pvvz7o

    It's just a podcast player

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    4tygrit

    Best for getting podcasts via RSS.

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  9. nuclear is a free music streaming program that pulls content from free sources all over the internet.

  10. CPod

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A simple, beautiful podcast app.

    Discontinued

    The Software's main page, which links to a repository, specifically states that it is no longer actively maintained.

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