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Audacious is a free, lightweight advanced audio player based on GTK2 which runs on Linux and many other *nix platforms and is focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs. Its advanced audio playback engine is considerably more powerful than GStreamer. Audacious is a fork of Beep Media Player (BMP), which itself forked from XMMS.

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope comes with Audacious 1.5.1 while version 2.1.0 is already available for download so if you really like Audacious, I bet you can't wait to upgrade.

You can install Audacious 2.1.0 from .deb files so there is no need of compiling and you can download it from here but you must manually download and install each package. If you want to install it with a single command and also receive package updates, I suggest adding the GetDeb.net repository.

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To add the GetDeb repository for Ubuntu Jaunty, open a terminal and paste this:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://getdeb.masio.com.mx/ jaunty/' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

Then to install Audacious in Ubuntu Linux, simply:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install audacious audacious-plugins-extra audacious-plugins

Using the above command will also install the extra plugins which include:

* Scrobbler Plugin -- a plugin that enables you to listen to Last.FM streams and submit tracks to Last.FM
* Song Change -- a plugin that executes scripts at the beginning, end of songs and the end of a playlist
* EvDev-Plug -- a plugin that allows you to control Audacious with a gamepad or joystick
* Status Icon -- a plugin that allows you to shrink Audacious down to the system tray
* Audacious OSD -- a plugin that announces songs for you
* Alarm -- a plugin that can schedule playback at a given time each day (like an Alarm Clock)

There are also some unsupported plugins which you can download from here.