Do you remember the days when music players just played music? It seems that they now want to show video, display lyrics, sell you CDs or tell you what else you should be listening to. When you start up Audacious your first thought will be "this is XMMS" (or WinAmp if you only recently moved from Windows). Audacious is a fork of BMP which in turn built on XMMS, so this is no great surprise.
While XMMS had its faults, its small interface was perfect if you just want to have audio playing in the background while doing something else (like writing a review of an audio player) instead of having the music player be the main event.
Audacious is fast and lightweight, but it still handles the core responsibilities of an audio player. It plays all popular formats, including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV, WMA, MIDI and a variety of MOD formats. IT also handles playlists in the standard WinAmp format, as used by just about everything. Plugins enable you to add features, like listening to Last.fm streams, adding visualisations, displaying the current track on an OSD, or shrinking everything down to an icon in the system tray.
Whether you are using a netbook or just don't want your audio to take over your computer just to play background music, Audacious is an excellent choice of player.
What's new in 4.0 (see the changelog for more)?
- Clicking on playlist column headers sorts the playlist (#8)
-Dragging playlist column headers changes the column order (#10)
-Application-wide settings for volume and time step sizes (#330)
- New option to hide playlist tabs (#547)
- Sorting playlist by path now sorts folders after files (#843)
- Implemented additional MPRIS calls for compatibility with KDE 5.16+ (#900)
- New OpenMPT-based tracker module plugin (contributed by Chris Spiegel)
- New VU Meter visualization plugin (contributed by Marc Sánchez)
- Added option to use a SOCKS network proxy (contributed by Róbert Čerňanský)
- The Song Change plugin now works on Windows (contributed by Domen Mori)
- New “Next Album” and “Previous Album” commands
- The tag editor in Qt UI can now edit multiple files at once
- Implemented equalizer presets window for Qt UI
- Lyrics plugin gained the ability to save and load lyrics locally
- Blur Scope and Spectrum Analyzer visualizations ported to Qt
- MIDI plugin soundfont selection ported to Qt
- JACK output plugin gained some new options
- Added option to endlessly loop PSF files