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The Best Audio Players Of 2019

by Grey One •

Here are some reliable audio players — I’ve given priority to those that support high-fidelity playback:

Best Media Players For Linux

  • Audacious — a free and open source player focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs — includes an equalizer
  • Clementine — a free and open source player that includes a library organizer (similar to iTunes)
  • Amarok — a free player with good web service integration
  • Noise — a free player optimized for Elementary OS

Best Media Players For MacOS

  • Vox — probably the best freemium player for Mac — a good high-fidelity player for lossless formats — free or $5/month
  • VLC — primarily a video player but can be used as an audio player — unfortunately keeps a list of previously played media that cannot be turned off — free
  • MPV — a free video player that will play audio files
  • Audinirvana — an audiophile player that is optimized for high-resolution playback — $74
  • Amarra — another audiophile player for Mac — $50

Unreliable on Mac

The the free Clementine player was unreliable on the MacOS for me.

Best Media Players For Windows

  • Foobar2000 — a robust freeware audio player — very customizable — supports gapless playback
  • Audacious — a free and open source player — similar to Winamp and perhaps better — focused on audio quality and supporting a wide range of audio codecs — includes an equalizer
  • Winamp — a freemium player — unfortunately Winamp tries to install toolbars and other software during install (these options can be deselected)

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