Best Linux Jukebox Apps
With so many contenders, which Linux jukebox applications fit the requirements outlined above?
RhythmBox - included with Ubuntu 10.10, this application (pictured, right) combines all of the above, allowing you to purchase music online from Jamendo, Magnatune and Ubuntu One, provides support for CDs and MP3, access to Internet radio stations depending on your region and even includes the personal radio service Last.fm.
Banshee – this solution provides buying and downloading of music via the Amazon MP3 store while including support for OGG, MP3 and FLAC formats. Library sharing with iTunes is possible, while many portable media players are also supported. Banshee accesses album art online using Musicbrainz and also integrates Last.fm, podcasts and streamed Internet radio content.
Amarok – providing pretty much all of the same support we’ve seen in RhythmBox and Banshee, Amarok takes the basic requirements outlined above for a Linux jukebox and runs with them, providing a service that not only displays album art but fetches information from Wikipedia and displays lyrics!
If your Linux distro doesn’t have any of these players already installed they can be acquired via the Synaptic Package Manager.
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