Audacious is an open source music player for Windows and Linux that supports Winamp skins

Once upon a time, the world of Windows music gamers was dominated by Winamp. It was resurrected just a few months in the past and works fairly nicely though it has not obtained a lot love in years.

If you need the look-and-feel of fine ol’ Winamp, with higher options, Audacious would be the music player you are wanting for.

Audacious is an open source music player for Windows and Linux

I examined this system on Windows and Linux. And since they’re fairly related, we’ll be discussing the Windows model right here. The Winamp interface makes use of a context-menu for most options, so we are going to give attention to the default GTK interface to discover the choices.


You can add recordsdata, folders and URLs, or search your library from the file menu. The playback menu enables you to pause/play, cease, bounce to subsequent/earlier, repeat, and shuffle tracks. You can even shuffle by Album, view music data (metadata), bounce to a particular time stamp or set a customized repeat level (looping music) from this menu.

Tip: Click on the search icon to disable the pane when you do not want it.

The playlist menu enables you to create and handle playlists. You can take away duplicates or unavailable tracks from playlists with a single-click. Export choices help playlists within the ASXv3, Audpl, M3U, PLS and XSPF codecs. The program’s settings has extra choices for playlists and it encompasses a title format and customized string selector. Audacious supports resuming playlists, i.e., if you happen to change to a unique observe/playlist and come again to a earlier one, it’ll decide up the place you left off.

The providers menu can be utilized to entry the plugins, whereas the Output menu homes the amount controls, equalizer, and results. The document stream choice is helpful if you happen to want to save a streaming audio to your library. The View menu has toggles for varied UI parts such because the menu bar, data bar, standing bar.


You can use the toolbar to go looking for tracks, open or add recordsdata, management the audio playback and the amount. It’s not very totally different from different gamers.


The pane beneath the toolbar lists the audio tracks that you’ve added to the present queue. It shows the music’s title, artist, album, and taking part in time. The backside of the pane shows a thumbnail of the album artwork (cowl artwork) together with the observe data and a spectrum analyzer (visualization). You can add extra columns from this system’s settings.


Each playlist has its personal tab which is nice for protecting an overview. You can right-click on a tab to play, rename or delete it. A double-click will play it as nicely.


Audacious Windows

One of Audacious’ largest strengths is that it has a variety of plugins; the entire plugins are included within the installer. Plugins embody decoders, visualization, audio results, album artwork and extra. To allow a plugin simply click on on its title. Some plugins open a pop-up window to show further parts (album artwork, visualization, lyrics..).


Audacious will get lyrics for the taking part in observe from The lyrics are displayed in a pop-up pane however you possibly can’t customise something associated to it.

Note: The LyricsWiki plugin does not work on Windows. It has been acknowledged as a bug. The Linux model works flawlessly.

Winamp’s minimal interface has at all times been my favourite. So, if you would like the mini-player expertise change to the Winamp interface from Audacious’ Settings. There are just a few themes pre-loaded within the installer however you possibly can add extra.

How so as to add Winamp skins in Audacious

Audacious Linux Winamp skin

Download any Winamp Skin (.WSZ format), extract the archive right into a folder, and transfer the folder to the next location.

Windows customers:


Note: The Windows model solely supports PNG theme recordsdata. Download the WSZ, and convert all of the BMP photos within the archive to PNG (use Paint or another editor). Place them in a folder and transfer it to the placement talked about above.

Linux customers:


Note: You will want root permission to entry the share folder.

I discovered the Winamp Classic Skin here. Refer to Martin’s article for extra Winamp skins.

Closing Words

Audacious was in a position to play any audio file I threw at it together with FLAC lossless format audio recordsdata. It by no means hiccuped as soon as and the cross-fade is wonderful. The majority of my assessments have been executed with headphones plugged in, however the speaker output was crisp as nicely. The Winamp skins labored flawlessly, together with the roll-up player.

A transportable model of Audacious is accessible on the downloads web page.

I principally use Musicbee/Foobar2000/MediaMonkey (generally AIMP or Winamp 2.95) on Windows, and Clementine/Cantata on Linux. Audacious is an addition to the listing of fantastic audio gamers.

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