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UMPlayer is a new cross-platform Mplayer front-end that supports CSS skins, easily searching, watching and downloading YouTube videos, lots of ShoutCast radio stations and more. Check out our initial post on UMPlayer for more info.

I know you like PPAs so I've uploaded the latest UMPlayer 0.9.2 (svn r162) to the WebUpd8 PPA for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 and I'll continue to update it when major changes happen.

Add the WebUpd8 PPA and install UMPlayer using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install umplayer

A few readers have reported that using Mplayer from the Ubuntu official repositories UMPlayer doesn't work so you may want to install the latest MPlayer from the MPlayer daily builds PPA (this PPA is even linked in the MPlayer download page). Add it and upgrade MPlayer using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:motumedia/mplayer-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you don't want to add the PPA, you can download Ubuntu .deb files @ UMPlayer download page (there are also openSUSE, Fedora and Mandriva .rpm files as well as a Windows installer available for download).