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best music player for Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X is one of the most popular operating system (probably due to its robust and cool GUI/applications, it’s is specifically most popular in U.S) on this planet. Few days before, the Mac vs 10.7 i.e Mac OS X Lion was released and available to download/upgrade ( check the system requirements for Mac OS X Lion if you want to upgrade your Mac OS X Leopard to Mac OS X Lion ) from the App store. This post explains not only about the select best music player but also about some other good alternative media players.

There are lot of music players available for Mac OS X Lion and if you want to select the best out of them, then the best answer would be – “it depends“, although some users might recommend a some cross-platform music player or any other media player which is available only for Mac platform.

iTunes : The Best Music Player for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion


iTunes is a proprietary media player which basically acts as a front end of Apple’s QuickTime media player. iTunes is used to play and organize music files on Desktop Computer (Macintosh computers), iPad, iPod and iPhone. Although iTunes is also available for Windows but the performance is very poor on Windows 7/vista as compared to the performance on Mac OS X (iTunes rocks on Mac!). iTunes is very popular due to its Sync feature (i.e you can easily sync your music files between your devices), and purchasing music from iTunes Store (Digital Music Store by Apple) is very simple; everything is available right there on your Desktop or iPod or wherever you are. iTunes version 10.4 was released few days before with some new and exciting features.

Why iTunes is the best audio/media player for Mac OS X Lion users ?

iTunes is best because of its innovative features and the fact that some other cool music players (usually cross platform apps) are not well compatible with Mac environment. Here are some of the great features of iTunes vs 10.4 :

  • it can play a lot of formats such as MP3, WAV, AAC, MPEG 4, AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format), Apple Lossless (or ALAC or ALE is an audio codec developed by Apple for lossless compression of digital music).
  • The Sync feature of iTunes is simply great!
  • It’s easy to organize and manage all your music collection, with iTunes
  • it’s well supported and compatible, because it’s one of the most stable and matured application for Mac OS X
  • Smart Playlist
  • Library Sharing using DAAP (Digital Audio Access Protocol)
  • You can subscribe to any Podcast using RSS feed URL, video podcasting is also supported.

Other Music Players You may want to try


If any format is not supported by any player, throw it at VLC it will play seamlessly. it’s a free, open source and cross – platform media player (specifically popular for playing video files).

vlc on Mac os X

Download VLC for Mac OS X


Songbird is a free and open source media player and web browser i.e a web player, available for Mac and Windows (Linux support was dropped in earlier versions). The latest version 1.9.3 is available for download.


Download Songbird


Clementine Media Player

best music player for ubuntu

Note : It’s a very old article.

Ubuntu 11.04 (alias : Natty Narwhal) was released(stable/final version) around a week ago and now it’s the time to install some great and cool applications that you need in your daily life. In this post, I’ll write about few best ‘free and open source’ music player (both Audio and Video) that you may want to try on Ubuntu 11.04 for great music experience.

In fact every music lovers, those who uses Ubuntu 11.04 (or older versions like 10.10 or 10.04; or may be other Linux Distributions, then also this article will help you because the apps I’m going to write about, is platform independent and surely available for most common Linux distros like Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse..and of course Ubuntu!), uses these applications to play music on Ubuntu (or other platform if it’s a cross-platform apps). There are lot of Music Players available free under open source License (like GPL) e.g VLC, Clementine, Amarok, Rythmbox, Juk, Quark, Muine, Exaile, Audacious, Banshee Media Player, Totem …you name it. So it’s not so simple to select a music player Apps from the Ubuntu Software Center.  Ubuntu 11.04 has banshee media player, installed by default, while 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) uses Rythmbox as default music player.

Best Audio Player for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 : Clementine

Clementine is based on Amarok media player, and commonly used to play mp3,ogg songs. it has a lot of sophisticated features like smart/dynamic playlists, internet streaming, ..all the features you expect from a modern music player, with simple and easy to use interface. it’s a cross-platform,free and open source music player. Now, it as been added to Software Center/Synaptic package Manager.

Clementine Media Player on Ubuntu

How to install Clementine Media Player on Ubuntu

#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘clementine’ and click on install button (Then you may have to authenticate yourself, by entering your login password).. and wait for the installation to complete.

#2 : Sorry to disappoint you :) ..no more steps is required, Enjoy!

OR Enter the command at Terminal (hit CTRL+ALT+T to start a terminal)

sudo apt-get install clementine

(Update : One more Music Player Added)

Lightweight Music Player That You should Try : Audacious

Audacious Music player

Audacious is one of the most popular mp3 player among the Ubuntu users. It consumes very less resource and the audio quality is pretty good. The look is very similar to Winamp player (Most popular music player on Windows XP/Vista/7..). It has a lot of good features, with simple and easy to use graphical interface.

sudo apt-get install audacious

Best Video Player for Ubuntu 11.04/10.10 : VLC

VLC is the most popular video player on this planet. it is freely available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. VLC supports a lot of file formats (video/movies as well as audio stuffs), that’s why it is known as ‘All in One’ media player. VLC has been developed as maintained under VideoLan project. it’s available in Software Center, go there and install vlc in a couple of clicks. (If you are still not sure then go to – how to install vlc player on Ubuntu 11.04 for detail step by step instruction, specially written for novice users)

VLC Best Video Player for Ubuntu

If you use online music sites very frequently and need a tool for downloading SoundCloud music tracks then check out this SoundCloud Downloader

install Clementine on ubuntu

how to install clementine media player on Ubuntu

clementine on ubuntu

This post is written for beginners about an open source media player clementine.Clementine is developed on
the top of Amarok media player.Clementine is an open source media player and it’s available for Linux based
OS e.g Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat),10.04(Lucid Lynx)..,Windows and Mac OS X.Clementine is a fast music player with nice interface and options to enjoy music.

Features of Clementine

it has a lot of features like Dynamic and smart playlists,rain effects,file converting and editing features,Lyrics searching from Internet and the one of the best feature is – easy synchronization with Ipod or MTP or mass storage USB players. Continue reading