Many users prefer to use third-party media players on Ubuntu rather than using the default pre-installed Rhythmbox. This tendency is due to the fact that there are many media players in the web that suit the various needs of users such as the supporting of different audio and video formats, offering numerous customization options, good-looking user interface, and so on.

The good thing in the Linux world is that users are always offered alternatives to choose from rather than sticking to one type of software. This applies on media players which are available numerously either in CLI or GUI mode for Linux-based systems. So, if you are one of those users who are getting bored with the current Rhythmbox media player, you can find below a list of 16 best media players that you can install on Ubuntu 12.04 or older, and any other Ubuntu-based system like Linux Mint 13 or older.

Free 16 Best Media Players For Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint13

1. VLC Media Player

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

2. Clementine

 sudo apt-get install clementine

3. Kaffeine

sudo apt-get install kaffeine

4. SMPlayer

sudo apt-get install smplayer

5. Audacious (Winamp-Like Interface)

sudo apt-get install audacious

6. KMPlayer

sudo apt-get install kmplayer

7. Banshee Media Player

sudo apt-get install banshee

8. Amarok

sudo apt-get install amarok

9. MPlayer

sudo apt-get install mplayer

10. Guayadeque

sudo apt-get install guayadeque

11. Songbird


cd /tmp && wget -O songbird_2.0.0-1_i386.deb http://goo.gl/H4edF

sudo dpkg -i songbird_2.0.0-1_i386.deb


cd /tmp && wget -O songbird_2.0.0-1_amd64.deb http://goo.gl/N3CG5

sudo dpkg -i songbird_2.0.0-1_amd64.deb

12. Exaile

sudo apt-get install exaile

13. Umplayer


sudo apt-get install mplayer

cd /tmp && wget -O umplayer_0.95-1_i386.deb http://goo.gl/Ly15D

sudo dpkg -i umplayer_0.95-1_i386.deb


sudo apt-get install mplayer

cd /tmp && wget -O umplayer_0.95-1_amd64.deb http://goo.gl/yd8Pa

sudo dpkg -i umplayer_0.95-1_amd64.deb

14. Miro

sudo apt-get install miro

15. Bangarang

sudo apt-get install bangarang

16. Listen Music Player

sudo apt-get install listen

Extra List For Media Players Suggested By Our Readers

- Tomahawk

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install tomahawk

Thanks for Heimen Stoffels for the suggestion.

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