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Audacious is a versatile music player for GNOME that has a low memory footprint and a clean GTK interface. It also comes with a Winamp-like interface that supports Winamp 2.x skins.

You can switch between the GTK / Winamp interface by going to View > Interface.

Here is the Audacious GTK interface:

Audacious 3.0.3

And the Winamp-like Audacious interface:

Audacious winamp interface

Two new Audacious versions have been recently released: 3.0.3 and 3.1 alpha 1 and I've uploaded both to the WebUpd8 PPAs, for Ubuntu 11.10 (unfortunately Audacious 3.x requires a newer ffmpeg version which is only available in Oneiric). Let's see what's new in the latest Audacious 3.0.3 and 3.1 alpha:

Audacious 3.0.3 (stable):

Audacious 3 comes with a GTK3 interface and the latest stable version - 3.0.3 -, is just a minor bugfix release:
  • libmodplug is no longer bundled with the modplug plugin due to security issues
  • Fixed MP3 tracks in .cue files playing for only half of the correct length
  • Fixed some erratic failures in the FFmpeg plugin due to insufficient thread locking
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the layout of the GTK interface from being restored properly
  • Showing and hiding Audacious with a global hotkey now works properly

Unfortunately, Audacious in the Ubuntu 11.10 repositories is still at version 2.4.4, so I've uploaded Audacious 3.0.3 to the main WebUpd8 PPA.

To install the latest stable Audacious (3.0.3) in Ubuntu 11.10, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacious

Audacious 3.1 alpha 1:

  • New LADSPA host plugin
  • Alarm plugin has been ported to GTK 3 and restored
  • New "queue manager" window which shows the songs queued in the current playlist
  • New plugin to convert from mono to stereo and vice versa
  • Audacious can now run in "headless" mode, controlled by DBus clients such as audtool
  • audtool can now query and set "stop after this song" option
  • New option to delay loading song information until a song is played, reducing I/O
  • Audio CD plugin now reads mixed data and audio CD's correctly
  • Dockable plugin windows such as LyricWiki now have a sane default window size
  • New configuration system, which does fewer disk writes and has a cleaner API

By adding the WebUpd8 Unstable PPA, Audacious 3.1 alpha 1 will overwrite Audacious 3.0.3 from the main WebUpd8 PPA! So only use this PPA for testing purposes or if you can't wait for some new feature (but make sure you know how to revert the changes in case something goes wrong).

To install Audacious 3.1 alpha 1 in Ubuntu 11.10, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacious