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Playing Music

Lauri Watts

Intro to aRts

Performance tuning, sharing devices

Music Players

There are several KDE music players with somewhat overlapping feature sets, however, each is quite different in style.


Noatun is the default KDE music player. It features a highly configurable interface, including several styles of playlist manager, and many plugins to provide different GUIs, visualizations, and other features.

Noatun is part of the kdemultimedia package.


JuK is a media manager, playlist manager, and metadata tagger. It is a highly efficient way to manage all your music files, make and maintain playlists, and maintain the metadata tags in your music.

It is equally useful as your primary music player, or managing playlists and files for use in another application.

JuK is part of the kdemultimedia package.


Kaboodle is a one shot player. That means, it will run, play a file, and stop. Kaboodle is useful for instance if you want to quickly listen to a single file without interupting your current playlist from another media player.

Kaboodle is part of the kdemultimedia package.


amaroK is a popular third party application. You should be able to find packages from your normal distribution source.

Most of the KDE based movie players such as Kaffeine and kmplayer also make useful music players.

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