Install The Latest Audacious Music Player in Ubuntu 14.04

Audacious GTK interface

Audacious is an open source music player with a focus on low resource usage, high audio quality, and support for a wide range of audio formats. It is the default audio player in Lubuntu and in Ubuntu Studio.

Audacious began as a fork of Beep Media Player, which itself is a fork of XMMS. Since v2.1, it includes both the Winamp-like interface (see picture below) and GTK+ based interface (see picture above).

Audacious Winamp classic

While the latest release has reached version 3.5, Ubuntu 14.04’s repositories still have Audacious 3.4.3.

New features in Audacious 3.5:

  • Delete songs from the filesystem or move them to the trash
  • Open songs in a running Audacious instance from Windows Explorer
  • Switch playlists by scrolling on the tab bar
  • Option to show number of entries in playlist tabs
  • Support for Microsoft ASXv3 playlists
  • Option to hide tab bar when there is only one playlist
  • OpenGL spectrum visualization works in Windows
  • Alarm plugin provides new “Set Alarm” menu item
  • New settings window for JACK output
  • ID3v2.3 tags are no longer converted to the newer but less portable ID3v2.4 format
  • New audtool commands for working with multiple playlists
  • Support for COVERART element in Ogg Vorbis tags
  • Default tag format for MP3 files changed from APEv2 to ID3v2.3
  • Full support for Unicode filenames on Windows
  • Album art enlarges with the song info window
  • Opening a folder in a new playlist automatically sets the playlist title
  • Unified settings page for switching and configuring interfaces
  • New menu items go directly to various plugin categories in settings window
  • Most dialog windows now remember their position and size

Install The Latest Audacious in Ubuntu 14.04:

Webupd8 Team has made the latest build of this player into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 13.10.

To add the PPA and install Audacious 3.5, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacious

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